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Romo, Dallas escape pain

Published Oct. 6, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo spent a few extra moments on the ground, right arm raised to celebrate a long touchdown pass after he escaped what looked like a sure sack by J.J. Watt.

Then when Romo, 34 and playing with a surgically repaired back, made another offbalance throw under pressure in overtime, Dez Bryant's spectacular catch saved the Cowboys.

Bryant's jump-ball grab set up Dan Bailey's winning 49-yard field goal and the Cowboys bounced back after squandering a 10-point lead late in fourth quarter to beat the Texans 20-17 on Sunday.

"Just got to come down with it, come down with it," said Bryant, who had game highs with nine catches and 85 yards. "That's something I always tell Tony. If the ball is in the air, I'm going to try my best to come down with it."

Houston scored twice in the last 2:27 of regulation, and Bailey's miss from 53 yards on the final play ended a franchise-record streak of 30 straight made field goals.

"We had to go down and basically win the game twice," said Romo, who threw for 324 yards, with two scores and an interception. "You just put your work hat on and go out and execute."

The Cowboys have won four straight for the first time since 2011. The Texans rallied behind Arian Foster, who rushed for 157 yards and a tying 1-yard score with 41 seconds left in regulation.

"Football is a brutal game," Watt said. "It's brutal on your body. It's brutal on your emotions. To fight back the way we did, to show that resilience, it was good to see. But at the end of the day, we lost the game."

NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray had 136 yards for Dallas, his fifth straight 100-yard game to start the season.

After the Cowboys stopped Houston on the first drive of overtime, they faced third and 8. Romo unloaded off his back foot to avoid a sack. Bryant reached over cornerback Johnathan Joseph on a 37-yard gain to the Houston 31-yard line. Bailey's kick came three plays later.

The Texans pulled even by converting a fourth down on a drive to Randy Bullock's 29-yard field, then got the ball back in 32 seconds. They went 45 yards in four plays to Foster's second touchdown with 41 seconds left.