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Cowboys 27, Steelers 24, overtime

Brandon Carr returns an interception 36 yards to the Pittsburgh 1-yard line, setting up Dallas’ winning field goal in OT. “Those are the plays you dream about in the back yard,’’ he says.

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Brandon Carr returns an interception 36 yards to the Pittsburgh 1-yard line, setting up Dallas’ winning field goal in OT. “Those are the plays you dream about in the back yard,’’ he says.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo has the surging Cowboys tied for first in the NFC East.

Brandon Carr intercepted a pass by Ben Roethlisberger and returned it 36 yards to the Steelers' 1-yard line in overtime, and Dan Bailey's 21-yard field goal gave the Cowboys a 27-24 win in front of thousands of Terrible Towel-waving Steelers fans at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday.

The kick came after Romo, who surpassed 25,000 yards passing in the game, took a knee to put Bailey in better position.

The Cowboys moved into a three-way tie for the East lead with the Giants and Redskins. Dallas has won three straight and five of six.

"Those are the plays you dream about in the back yard, making the game-winning interception or touchdown," Carr said.

Carr said he was anticipating Roethlisberger's throw to Mike Wallace because Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was his coach in Kansas City.

Dallas was playing without six injured defensive starters.

"It's something destined about this team," Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher said. "You look back there and you don't know anybody back there behind you."

The Steelers have lost four of five and trail AFC North rival Cincinnati by a game for the second wild-card spot. They host the Bengals next week.

Roethlisberger was sacked four times and finished 24-of-40 for 339 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.

"There won't be any quit from us, especially from me," Roethlisberger said. "This one is going to sting real bad."

Roethlisberger put the Steelers ahead 24-17 with a 7-yard scoring pass to Antonio Brown. Later, Brown was about to put Pittsburgh in control with a long punt return. But he fumbled when Victor Butler knocked the ball loose at the end of a 22-yard return. Dallas recovered, setting up DeMarco Murray's 3-yard run that tied it.

"Really, it's simple, man," Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. " Just not enough of the critical plays in the waning moments to seize opportunities."

Dallas receiver Dez Bryant extended his touchdown streak to six games while playing with a broken left index finger.

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