CINCINNATI--Playing in a game unlike any other they've had to prepare for, the Cowboys ralllied late to beat the Cincinatti Bengals 20-19.
Early on, the team fell into a familiar pattern at Paul Brown stadium, trailing the Cincinnati Bengals 10-3 after one quarter.
The Cowboys still trailed by nine on their second possesssion in the fourth quarter. Tony Romo engineered a thrilling 68-yard drive keyed by long passes to Kevin Ogletree, Miles Austin and ultimately a touchdown grab by Dez Bryant to cut the lead to 2.
The Bengals began their own drive and had a 3rd and 4 with 4:40 to play when Anthony Spencer stormed past Bengals Right Tackle Andre Smith and sacked Andy Dalton for a ten-yard loss, forcing Cincinatti to punt.
The Cowboys would get the ball at their own 28. Between some vey impressing running from DeMarco Murray (7 runs, 22 yards and 3 first downs) and quality plays by Romo and his receivers (4/6, 30 yards) they made their way to the Cincinatti 22 yard-line, giving Dan Bailey a shot at a last-second 40-yard field goal to win the game. Bailey split the uprights right down the middle, and the Cowboys came away with a 20-19 win as a smiling Jason Hatcher held up the jersey of Jerry Brown, tragically killed in the car accident caused by Josh Brent early Sunday Morning.
Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett put some perspective -- and some emotion -- on a tumultuous 30-ish hours for the Cowboys.
I told our team that this is uncharted territory. A tragedy occured to our football team in the last couple days....it's been really emotional for everybody, and as the head coach of the team.... I have to offer some perspective. I talked a lot about the value of a teammate, and I think that word is really special. Jerry's one of our teammates.
A noticably subdued Tony Romo also spoke about the tragedy.
It's just been a roller-coaster of emotions.... Loss is hard in life in general. Especially people you see every day, that you're close with.... you go through a lot together. It stil is a very difficult thing that this football team is dealing with.
With the win, the Cowboys moved to 7-6 and into legitimate contention for a playoff spot. But for the time being, they're not thinking about that. Their minds are on something more personal.