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Cowboys blow chance to silence critics; Barber's toughness questioned

Updated: December 9, 2008, 11:10 AM ET
Associated Press

IRVING, Texas -- With a late lead in Pittsburgh, the Dallas Cowboys had everything they wanted right in front of them:

A shove in the right direction to start a tough final month. A boost in the wild-card race. A chance to douse all the talk about their tendency to fall apart after Thanksgiving.

Then they blew it. A 13-6 advantage after 57 minutes became a 20-13 loss to the Steelers that was still tough to swallow Monday.

"The way that game ended, it's almost like a blur," defensive ...

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