A Frantic Finish Lifts the Cowboys
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., Oct. 8 -- Tony Romo is nothing if not resilient. And because he didn't let four interceptions in the first half, two returned for touchdowns, destroy his night, the Dallas Cowboys pulled off a stunning comeback victory.
The Cowboys scored nine points in the final 20 seconds Monday night, with Nick Folk's 53-yard field goal as time expired giving them an improbable 25-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.
"Oh, it's great," Folk said. "It shows you how good we can be and what we can do if we don't make mistakes. And even if we do make mistakes and we stick together as a team, we still stay in the game."
Romo, after being intercepted five times and also losing a fumble, drove Dallas (5-0) 80 yards and hit Patrick Crayton with a four-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds remaining. The two-point conversion try failed when Jabari Greer stripped Terrell Owens of the ball in the end zone.
But Nathan Jones recovered the onside kick and after two completions, Folk nailed his fourth field goal, shocking the sellout crowd that came to celebrate the first Monday night home game for Buffalo (1-4) in 13 years.
"I think our team, outside of me, played an outstanding football game," Romo said. "They dug me out of it. It was tough to grow through that, especially on Monday night.
"No one is going to care when it's all said and done how you won the game."
And his recollection of all the picks?
"Too many to remember," he said with a smile.
It was the second last-second loss on a field goal this season for the Bills; Denver did almost the same thing in the opener.
And the win kept the Cowboys as the NFC's only unbeaten team heading into a mega-matchup with 5-0 New England next week at Texas Stadium.
This latest victory was one of the most incredible in the Cowboys' illustrious history. Buffalo made nearly all the big plays, including interceptions for touchdowns by George Wilson and Chris Kelsay and a 103-yard kickoff runback by Terrence McGee.