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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Plays that shaped the season: No. 9

By Jean-Jacques Taylor

Editor's note: In this series, Jean-Jacques Taylor counts down 10 plays that shaped the Cowboys' season.

Dwayne Harris
A last-minute game-winning touchdown from Dwayne Harris against Minnesota was a high point.

Play No. 9: Dwayne Harris' touchdown

Situation: Second-and-7 from Minnesota 7
Score: Minnesota leads, 23-20
Time: :42 left in fourth quarter

Taylor's Take: The Cowboys, still reeling from a one-point loss to Detroit the previous week, were poised to lose to a team that was 1-6 overall, 0-3 on the road and had lost three in a row. But Tony Romo was at his best at winning time, driving the Cowboys 90 yards in nine plays and hitting Harris on a short crossing route in the final minute. The concern was that the Cowboys had to work way too hard to beat a sorry team at home.

Season Impact: Harris, one of the team's most underrated players, established himself as a playmaker at winning time. Earlier, he'd helped the Cowboys beat Washington with 222 return yards. When he missed three of the last five games (hamstring), it greatly affected the Cowboys' ability to consistently get good field position and be consistent on offense.

Quote: "He's a really good football player. You see that in the return game. You see that as he covers kicks. He just has a knack for playing the game and being productive. He and Tony certainly have a feel for each other and when it broke down, they found the open hole." -- Jason Garrett