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Sunday, November 3, 2013
This week Dallas Cowboys close it out

By Todd Archer

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Last week, the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Detroit Lions on a touchdown with 12 seconds to play. On Sunday, they beat the Minnesota Vikings on a touchdown with 35 seconds to play.

“The nature of this league is that you’re going to play close games, so get used to it if you follow football,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Get used to it if you’re a player. As a coach you have to get used to it. That’s the nature of this league. You have to do things that the winning teams do at the end of the ballgame. We were able to do that this week.”

They were unable to close out against the Lions. They were unable to close out against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 6, losing on a last-second field goal. They were unable to make plays in the fourth-quarter of losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.

On Sunday, Tony Romo directed a nine-play, 90-yard drive for the winning points and the defense was able to come up with a final-second stop when Christian Ponder's Hail Mary fell woefully short of the end zone.

After a Romo pass was intercepted with 4:29 to play, the defense came up with a big three and out, aided by some curious play calling.

“We were able to show everyone we could close out games now,” defensive tackle Nick Hayden said. “I know that was everyone’s question, focusing on, ‘Can the Cowboys close out games?’ But it just shows everyone we can do it.”

This week it did. But Sean Lee knows it’s a week-to-week league.

“You find a way to win,” Lee said.