DAL-KC: AUSTIN SAVES DALLAS! COWBOYS OUTLAST CHIEFS 26-20 OT
The Dallas Cowboys have a new No. 1 receiver and his name is Miles Austin. Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense got going it in second half as Dallas torched the Kansas City secondary, finally sealing the victory with a spectacular 60-yard touchdown score by Miles Austin for the overtime win 26-20 at Arrowhead Stadium.
No Roy Williams, no Felix Jones, no problem. Right? Not so fast.
Playing against the winless Chiefs (0-5) on the road on a cold windy day, the Chiefs benefited early from Cowboys (3-2) miscues in the first half.
After Cowboys kicker Nick Folk, missed a 40-yard field goal attempt late in the first quarter, the Chiefs failed to move the ball down the field and had to punt. But, thanks to a muffed punt from Patrick "thumbs" Crayton, the Chiefs were back in business at the Dallas 23-yard line on the next play.
The Dallas defense pestered Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel all day and sacked him on second down for a big loss. Then the defense was able to hold strong on third and 15 forcing Kansas City to kick a field goal early in the second quarter for a 3-0 lead.
Then on the ensuing drive the Cowboys stumbled and fumbled the snap from Gurode to Romo on second down. The Chiefs recovered inside the Cowboys 20-yard line after a brief run back by safety M. Brown.
A befuddled Cowboys defense lost contain on Matt Cassel on third and goal from the Cowboys one-yard line. Cassel took advantage of the extra step then heaved a throw across his body and found the venerable Mike Vrabel wide open in the endzone for a touchdown and 10-0 lead.
The Cowboys offense was having another Sunday meltdown when suddenly things started to click just before the half.
With 5:34 remaining in the second quarter Romo started to get his rhythm. Tony found fourth-year receiver Miles Austin (10 catches, 250 yards, 2 TDs) on two pretty passes during drive for 18 and 20 yards respectfully but Austin could not hold on to a sure touchdown pass at the two-minute warning and the Cowboys would ultimately settle for a field goal and go into the half down seven points, 10-3.
After the half, the Cowboys defense squelched the Chiefs first drive but after a quick series from Dallas' offense, the defense couldn't get off the field because of penalties on the Chiefs second drive.
Dallas was flagged four times for defensive offsides helping to extend the Chiefs drive then stiffened in the redzone holding the Chiefs to another field goal 13-3.
The game changed on the next drive for Dallas.
Down by ten points the Cowboys narrowly avoided another turnover when rookie Ogletree fumbled the kickoff out of bounds.
Romo dinked and dunked a couple of passes to Barber and Austin before turning to their best choice. Running back Tashard Choice gouged the Chiefs defense for 12 yards then after another pass from Romo to Crayton, the second-year back from Georgia Tech burst up the middle for 36 yards to the endzone putting the Cowboys back in the game at 13-10.
Dallas was not done.
The defense had to overcome another penalty for pass interference but was able to force Kansas City to punt. Sensing the moment, Romo didn't panic.
Instead he calmly commanded his team, leading the Cowboys down the field to the game tying score 13-13.
The pressure of moment began to mount for the poor Chiefs. With the game now tied and the clock winding down in the fourth quarter. Kansas City started making mistakes.
They were penalized twice for false starts setting up a third and 26 from their 11-yard line. But on the next play the Chiefs were bailed out when an unnecessary roughness penalty was called on Dallas' second-year cornerback Alan Ball for helmet to helmet contact to extend the drive.
Still Kansas City could not get any momentum going because of penalties and miscues. They were called for their third and fourth false-start penalties, had two dropped passes and an offensive pass interference penalty that ultimately halted the drive at the Dallas 35-yard line setting up a long 53-yard field goal attempt.
Dallas got a furious rush up the middle from nosetackle Jay Ratliff who jumped over his man to block the Kansas City kick.
Poised and positioned for the win Tony Romo (20 for 34, 351 yards, 2 TDs) and the Cowboys would need just three plays and 53 seconds to take their first lead of the game.
On third and five from the Dallas 41-yard line, Romo found Austin in the middle of the field for a short pass and Austin did the rest. Austin refused to be denied and slipped through the arms of a couple of would be tacklers and out-raced the secondary 59 yards to the endzone for a touchdown and a 20-13 Cowboys lead with 2:27 remaining in the game.
Just when Cowboys fans thought they could exhale, the Chiefs got hot.
The Chiefs converted another third and long play when Cassel hit receiver Bobby Wade for 36 yards. Then Cassel connected with receiver Dwayne Bowe for 17 yards and running back Jamal Charles for a short pass before hitting Bowe again for the 16 yard game tying touchdown score.
With two timeouts Dallas did not risk a deep pass down the field and opted for overtime.
The Cowboys failed to win the overtime coin toss and the defense was put to the test again. But neither team could not get anything going in the overtime period and traded punts before Romo connected with Austin again.
On second and 15 from the Dallas 40-yard line Romo hooked up with Austin for a short-gain on hook route. Austin somehow dipped and slipped out of the grasp of the Kansas City defender darting into the endzone for a 60-yard game winning score.
Austin also darted into the Cowboys record books with his 250 receiving yards. He broke the 43 year old team receiving record held by Bob Hayes, who notched 246 yards in 1966.
The Cowboys have a much needed bye-week up next before facing the scorching hot Atlanta Falcons (3-1) at home on October 25th. The Falcons will come into the new Cowboys Stadium with a high flying passing attack and a stifling defense. Sunday Atlanta thumped the 49ers (3-2) 45-10 in San Francisco.
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