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The Cowboys scored the final 10 points of the game to clinch a 20-19 win as time expired.
The Dallas Cowboys clinched a 20-19 Week 14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals when Dan Bailey drilled a 40-yard field goal as time expired. Trailing by two, the Cowboys marched down the field on a 13-play, 50-yard drive to set up Bailey for the attempt as time expired. The Cowboys never lead until the clock hit zeroes.
The Cowboys offense was quiet for most of the first 50 minutes, but quarterback Tony Romo found some rhythm on Dallas' final two possessions. Romo was completing right around 50 percent in a sluggish game, but he moved the offense in two hurry-up scenarios of the fourth quarter.
Romo fired a rocket to Dez Bryant in the middle of the field, and the second-year wideout stumbled into the end zone untouched to cut the Bengals lead to just two. The touchdown capped a drive that covered 70 yards in about three minutes and put Dallas right back in it with less than seven minutes to play.
The Bengals made four trips into the red zone, but had to repeatedly settle for Josh Brown field goals. The speedy slot receiver Andrew Hawkins came in motion and took a shovel pass from Andy Dalton into the end zone from eight yards out for their only TD. That touchdown came on the Bengals' first offensive possession, and they would not find the end zone again.
Those inefficient trips to the red zone allowed a stumbling Dallas offense to hang around, and Romo capitalized in the fourth quarter to reel off 10 unanswered points and clinch the win. Dallas has won four of their past five games and is now over .500, a half-game back of the NFC East leading Giants
There were not too many eye-popping performances in Cincinnati, but Romo's big fourth quarter did lead to a 268-yard and one touchdown day. Bryant had four catches for 50 yards and the touchdown. Brown was a perfect four for four kicking for Cincinnati.
Morris Claiborne sustained a facial laceration on a nasty collision in the third quarter that initially looked like a serious head injury. After a call for the stretcher, Claiborne walked off the field under his own power with a towel to his face.
But did they cover?
The Bengals were giving three points at home, and the Cowboys fourth-quarter rally ensured a Dallas cover.