NFL: Dan Bailey's overtime field goal helped Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Updated: December 18, 2012 7:58am
Dan Bailey celebrates giving the game-winning field goal in overtime against Pittsburgh
Dan Bailey kicked a game-winning 21-yard field goal in overtime to give the Dallas Cowboys a 27-24 victory over Pittsburgh.
It was the second straight week the Cowboys (8-6) won via a Bailey field goal on the final play.
The first Dallas touchdown was the first scoring connection from quarterback Tony Romo to Jason Witten this season. After two long completions to backup tight end John Hanna, Romo found Witten along the seam and hit him in stride at the goal line on a 17-yard score for a 10-0 Dallas lead in the second quarter following Bailey's 50-yard field goals in the first.
Shaun Suisham pulled three points back before Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger levelled the score. He stepped away from pressure and used a couple of pump fakes to keep pass rushers away before finding Heath Miller wide open along the sideline for a 30-yard score.
Dallas' Dez Bryant extended his touchdown streak to six games while playing with a broken left index finger. Roethlisberger answered that 24-yard score with a 60-yard pass to Wallace to the Dallas two. Jonathan Dwyer scored from a one after a penalty.
Roethlisberger put the Steelers ahead 24-17 with a seven-yard scoring pass to Antonio Brown, and Brown was about to put Pittsburgh in control with a long punt return.
But Brown fumbled when Victor Butler reached out and knocked the ball loose at the end of a 22-yard return. DeMarco Murray then went in on a three-yard run.
Brandon Carr intercepted Roethlisberger in overtime to give Dallas game-winning field position, a chance they did not waste as Bailey slotted over the successful three-pointer.
The Cowboys are now in a three-way tie for the NFC East lead with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. The in-form Cowboys have won three straight and five of six.
The Steelers (7-7) have now lost for the fourth time in five games and trail AFC North rival Cincinnati by a game for the second wild card spot. They host the Bengals next week.