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Cowboys rally behind Romo, beat Giants 31-28

November 24, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (AP) — Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to Dez Bryant, the winner from 13 yards with 1:01 remaining, to lift the Dallas Cowboys to a comeback 31-28 victory over the New York Giants.

Romo threw for two TDs in the third quarter. But the Giants (3-8), trailing 24-21, staged a 93-yard drive capped by Adrien Robinson’s first career TD catch, from 1 yard with 3 minutes left.

Back came Dallas (8-3) on an 80-yard march in which Romo never was pressured. He found Bryant in the back of the end zone to win it, setting up an NFC East showdown with Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day for first place.

Thanks to Odell Beckham Jr.’s spectacular one-handed catch, one of the rookie’s two first-half touchdowns, New York built a 21-10 halftime lead. But the Giants lost their sixth straight and were eliminated from division contention.

Seattle’s Russell Wilson found backup tight end Cooper Helfet for a 20-yard catch-and-run touchdown late in the third quarter, Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals as the Seattle Seahawks handed the Arizona Cardinals their second loss of the season, 19-3.

Wilson was sacked a season-high seven times by Arizona’s ultra-aggressive defense and the assortment of blitzes they called to confuse and fluster the Seahawks quarterback. But when Seattle (7-4) needed a scoring drive, after squandering advantageous field position throughout the game, Wilson delivered.

The victory was a must for Seattle if it had any hopes of getting back into the division race.

At Denver, Peyton Manning threw three of his four TD passes to Demaryius Thomas and C.J. Anderson ran for 167 yards and the go-ahead score in the Broncos’ 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Anderson’s 10-yard run with 5:01 left gave the Broncos (8-3) their first lead of the game at 32-28. T.J. Ward’s 37-yard interception return of Ryan Tannehill’s pass set up Wes Welker’s insurance TD catch.

Manning became the third player in NFL history with touchdown passes in 50 consecutive games, joining Drew Brees (54) and Tom Brady (52). He completed 28 of 35 passes for 257 yards and no interceptions on a cool Colorado evening.

Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer shook off three interceptions to lead the Browns down the field in the final minute and set up Billy Cundiff’s 37-yard field goal as time expired in a 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Taking advantage of the last of Hoyer’s picks, the Falcons drove for Matt Bryant’s 53-yard field goal with 44 seconds remaining to seize the lead.

But Hoyer completed four straight passes, the last of them to the Falcons 19, and spiked the ball with 5 seconds left.

Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdown for New England in a 34-9 victory over the Detroit Lions as the Patriots extended their winning streak to seven games, while Eddie Lacy rushed for 125 yards on 25 carries, both season highs, as the Green Bay Packers held on to beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-21.

The Philadelphia Eagles downed the Tennessee Titans 43-24 after Josh Huff returned the opening kickoff 107 yards and LeSean McCoy ran for 130 yards, and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Tennessee Titans 43-24.

In other games, Andy Dalton threw for 233 yards and a touchdown as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Houston Texans 22-13, the Indiana Colts downed the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-3, the Chicago Bears ran past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21-13, the San Diego Chargers edged the St. Louis Rams 27-24 and the San Francisco 49ers were 17-13 winners over the Washington Redskins.


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