Arlington, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Tony Romo connected with Dwayne Harris for a seven-yard touchdown pass with 42 seconds remaining to lift the Dallas Cowboys to a 27-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at AT&T Stadium.
Romo’s touchdown pass capped a nine-play, 90-yard drive that lasted two minutes and nine seconds as the Cowboys (5-4) climbed above .500 for the first time since Sept. 22 after winning three of their last four outings.
Romo completed 34 of 51 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns while tight end Jason Witten hauled in eight passes for 102 yards and a score for the Cowboys.
Cole Beasley and Dez Bryant caught six attempts apiece for 68 and 64 yards, respectively as the receiving corps carried the bulk of the offense with their running game limited to just 36 yards, 31 from DeMarco Murray.
Christian Ponder completed 25 of 37 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown but he threw an interception. He also ran four times for 29 yards and a score but his efforts weren’t enough as the Vikings (1-7) slipped to their fourth straight loss.
Adrian Peterson led the Vikings’ rushing corps with 140 yards on 25 carries while Greg Jennings caught six passes for 56 yards.
The two teams traded field goals in the first quarter with Dan Bailey kicking a 41-yarder for Dallas and Blair Walsh recording a 23-yarder to even the score, 3-3.
In the second, the Cowboys launched a 12-play, 58-yard drive capped by a 44-yard field goal by Bailey for a 6-3 lead.
However, Ponder scrambled in from the 6-yard line to give Minnesota the advantage at the break, 10-6.
In the third, Romo gave the Cowboys a 13-10 lead when he found Witten for a 26-yard touchdown pass. Minutes later, Nick Hayden recovered Ponder’s fumble and scored for a 20-10 advantage.
Ponder made up for his mistake by leading the Vikings to a six-play, 77-yard drive that he ended with a 31-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph.
In the fourth, the Vikings stormed ahead behind Peterson’s 11-yard scoring run but Walsh missed the extra point to settle for a 23-20 lead.