ARLINGTON, Texas — Peyton Manning kept the Broncos out of the end zone Sunday — and won.
Tony Romo spoiled his 500-yard passing game with an interception. That led to Matt Prater's 28-yard field goal as time expired that gave Denver a 51-48 win.
The Broncos, whose 230 points through five games are an NFL record, reached the Dallas 2 after linebacker Danny Trevathan's pick. Needing a first down but not a touchdown to run out the clock, Manning and running back Knowshon Moreno shouted at each other.
"He … was asking me, 'How can I get a half-yard but not a yard-and-a-half?' " said Manning, who threw four TDs to give him a record-setting 20 through five games and 414 yards to pass Dan Marino for second all time. "I just said, 'You can't! You can't score! You can't do it!' "
Moreno got the first down without scoring.
It was quite a debate over a measly yard in a game with a combined 1,039 and was the fourth-highest scoring in NFL history, according to STATS.
Romo threw for 506 yards, breaking Don Meredith's team record of 460. But two plays after Moreno's tying touchdown run, Trevathan dived in front of tight end Gavin Escobar. And thanks to Manning refusing a touchdown, Romo didn't get a chance to make amends. "Leave everything on the field and just try to win," Romo said. "It's disappointing when you don't. We had a chance against as good a football as there is."