Drive of the Game: Victor Butler's forced fumble

December, 16, 2012
12/16/12
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The drive of the game was actually started by the play of the game.

Trailing 24-17 early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys had to punt from their 24 and were watching the game against the Steelers slip away. But then Victor Butler changed everything.

Butler stripped the ball from Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown on a 22-yard punt return, and John Phillips recovered at the Steelers 44. Seven plays later, DeMarco Murray had the game-tying touchdown run.

If not for Butler, the Steelers were looking at an even longer return that could have been a touchdown or at least a short field for the offense.

“I was going for the ball,” Butler said of his swipe. “Usually you go for the ball, he’s got to slow down. The way he was running, we needed him to slow down.”

Tony Romo completed three passes to three receivers (Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Dwayne Harris) to set up a first-and-goal from the Pittsburgh 3.

After two incomplete passes to Bryant, Murray got the call and was able to get into the end zone to tie the score at 24-24 with 6:55 to play.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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