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Dallas Cowboys Defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 in Overtime

December 17th, 2012 at 10:53 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys had an evenly matched battle, which eventually ended in overtime. In the end, the difference in the game was turnovers, including an interception in overtime that allowed the Cowboys to pull out a 27-24 victory.

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The Cowboys drew first blood in this contest on their first drive. The 10-play 56-yard drive took 4:31 off the clock and was capped by a 50-yard field goal by kicker Dan Bailey. The Steelers again struggled on third down as the Cowboys attacked the banged up secondary.

That trend continued in the second quarter as Tony Romo continued to carve up the Steelers secondary and this time the Cowboys made it count. Moving quickly downfield, Romo connected with tight end Jason Witten on a 17-yard scoring play to cap a 58-yard drive, to extend the score to 10-0 Dallas.

The Steelers were finally able to mount a drive and get on the scoreboard. Shaun Suisham, the most consistent player on the roster, connected on a 32-yard field goal to move the score to 10-3 Cowboys. His kick capped a 12-play 66-yard drive. The defense did their job and got the offense the ball back late in the first half, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made the Cowboys pay. Moving into hurry-up made, Roethlisberger connected with tight end Heath Miller on a 30-yard touchdown to move the score to 10-10 with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter.

The Cowboys broke the tie midway through the third quarter when Romo connected with wide receiver Dez Bryant on a 24-yard touchdown pass. The score capped a nine-play 80-yard drive and moved the score to 17-10.

Roethlisberger led the Steelers right down the field in quick strike fashion and drew them even at 17. Running back Jonathan Dwyer capped the three-play 60-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge. The big play was a 60-yard connection to Mike Wallace, his first grab of the day. After a Cowboys three-and-out, the Steelers moved down the field again to take the lead for the first time of the game. Roethlisberger again capped it with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown to complete the seven-play 78-yard drive. Unfortunately, that was the last positive from the offense on the afternoon with the score 24-17.

After a second three-and-out, Brown broke off a 29-yard punt return and had open field when he fumbled. The Cowboys recovered the fumble at the Steelers 44-yard line and commenced a game-tying drive. Running back DeMarco Murray capped the seven-play drive with a three-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal.

In overtime, cornerback Brandon Carr intercepted Roethlisberger and returned it to the Steelers one-yard line. On second down, the Cowboys called on Bailey to connect on a 21-yard game-winning field goal, his second field goal of the game.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been uneven, completing only 24-of-40 passes for 339 yards two touchdowns and the one interception, although the receiving corps did not help, chipping in with at least three drops. Mike Wallace (4-95), Heath Miller (7-92-1) and Antonio Brown (8-76-1) are the leading receivers. The running game was again a non-factor, with Isaac Redman (3-30), Dwyer (9-22) and Chris Rainey leading the way (3-15).

The Steelers battered secondary took another hit early in the game as reserve cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke injured his shoulder covering the games first punt and Keenan Lewis tweaked his groin late in the second half.

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Tags: Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, Football, Heath Miller, Jason Witten, Jonathan Dwyer, Mike Wallace, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tony Romo

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