ARLINGTON, Texas –The Cowboys’ game-tying drive Sunday against Cleveland will not be remembered in the annals of fourth-quarter comebacks in franchise history.
It was, however, effective.
Taking over at their 20 with 1:07 to play, the Cowboys needed eight plays and all but two seconds before Dan Bailey’s 32-yard field goal sent the game into overtime.
They also needed some Cleveland penalties. The first was a shoulder-to-helmet hit on safety T.J. Ward on a deep throw to Kevin Ogletree. The second was a 35-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Sheldon Brown three plays later
That put the ball at the Browns 14 with 23 seconds left, but the Cowboys would never threaten the end zone. After a 5-yard scramble, Tony Romo’s pass to Miles Austin was out of the end zone. Then the quarterback’s third-down pass fell harmlessly to the ground.
Bailey was able to make the kick and do the same again in overtime to give the Cowboys a 23-20 win.