Five key plays that shaped the game

ARLINGTON -- There were 125 games in the Cowboys' 27-24 overtime win over Pittsburgh and some were more important than others.

Here are five that shaped the game:

Play: Alex Albright tackle

Situation: Third-and-5

Score: Dallas, 3-0

Time: 14:19 left in second quarter

Taylor's Take: After DeMarco Murray lost a fumble at the Pittsburgh 8, the defense’s job was to get the ball back without giving up a first down. Backup linebacker Alex Albright, playing because Ernie Sims suffered a concussion, fought off a guard, shed him and tripped up Chris Rainey a yard short of the first down. Five plays later, the Cowboys scored a touchdown.

Play: Dwayne Harris reception

Situation: Second-and-23

Score: Tied, 10-10

Time: 8:07 left in third quarter

Taylor's Take: Finally, Jason Garrett has a player who can make something happen with the receiver screen. On second-and-23, Harris made at least defenders miss and gained 17 yards to set up a manageable third-down situation on an 80-yard drive that ended with Dez Bryant’s 24-yard touchdown reception.

Play: DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer sack

Situation: Third-and-4 from Dallas 37

Score: Tied, 24-24

Time: 3:35 left in fourth quarter

Taylor's Take: Ware, a non-factor much of the day, made a play when the Cowboys needed it most. Ware looped around left end and then crawled the last couple of feet until he grabbed Ben Roethlisberger’s leg. As the quarterback struggled to get free, Anthony Spencer finished him off, knocking the Steelers out of field goal territory and forcing a punt.

Play: Sean Lissemore sack

Situation: First-and-10

Score: Tied, 24-24

Time: 1:34 left in fourth quarter

Taylor's Take: Give credit to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for scheming this sack. The Cowboys had a three-on-two advantage with linebackers Anthony Spencer and Victor Butler on either side of Lissemore. At the snap, the tackle took Butler and the guard took Spencer, while Lissemore went unblocked. He grabbed Roethlisberger around the waist and hurled him down for the Cowboys’ second consecutive sack.

Play: Victor Butler forced fumble

Situation: Fourth-and-19

Score: Pittsburgh, 24-17

Time: 10:18 left in fourth quarter

Taylor's Take: Antonio Brown was seemingly en route to a game-changing play, when Victor Butler stuck out his left hand and knocked the ball loose during Brown’s 22-yard return. John Phillips recovered at the 44 Pittsburgh 44 and quickly took advantage of the turnover.