Dan Bailey’s overtime field goal lifts Cowboys past Browns
Arlington, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Dan Bailey buried two crucial field goals, including a 38-yarder in overtime as the Dallas Cowboys overcame a 13-point deficit en route to a 23-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.
Bailey, who booted three field goals, forced overtime with a 32-yard field goal before burying the game-winner with 6:13 left in extra time to give the Cowboys (5-5) a second straight victory.
Tony Romo completed 35 of 50 passes for 313 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys, who moved to .500 for the first time since Oct. 21 and to solo second in the NFC East behind the New York Giants (6-4).
Wide receiver Dez Bryant finished with 145 yards on 12 catches with a touchdown as the Cowboys’ receiving corps garnered 313 yards on 35 catches, outplaying their Browns counterparts, who managed just 210 yards on 20 receptions.
Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden completed 20 of 35 heaves for 210 yards and two touchdowns, both to tight end Benjamin Watson, but failed to prevent the Browns (2-8) from suffering a third loss in last five games.
Neophyte rusher Trent Richardson accounted for 95 of the Browns’ 119 rushing yards, from 28 carries, singlehandedly outplaying Dallas rushers, who combined for just 63 yards on 21 attempts.
Weeden staked the Browns to an early lead with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Watson before Phil Dawson added field goals from 51 and 37 yards in the second period for a 13-0 Browns lead.
Bailey put the Cowboys on the board with a 44-yard field goal in the third period before running back Felix Jones scored on a two-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 13-10 in the fourth period.
Romo then pushed the Cowboys ahead, 17-13, when he connected with Bryant for a 28-yard touchdown pass. It was short lived as Weeden answered with a 17-yard scoring pass to Watson to put the Browns on top, 20-17.
Then, Romo led the Cowboys to an eight-play, 66-yard drive that ended with a 32-yard field goal by Bailey to force overtime.