IRVING, Texas (AP) — As painful as a loss in Detroit was a week earlier, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys truly put their season in jeopardy when they fell behind one-win Minnesota in the fourth quarter at home.
Without Romo's winning drive in the final 2 minutes Sunday, Dallas would have a losing record after nine games with trips coming up to New Orleans and the New York Giants on either side of a bye week.
Instead, the worst-case scenario is a tie for the NFC East lead if they lose to the Saints on Sunday night. Plus, the Cowboys locked down the win a week after putting so much emphasis on that idea when they let one get away against the Lions. They rallied after Adrian Peterson had put the Vikings ahead 23-20 in the fourth.
"This was the antithesis, to some degree, of what we had last week," owner Jerry Jones said. "We should win one, when they are all coming down close like this. We ought to win our share, and this is one that we won."
Dallas won it because Romo led a 90-yard drive to the go-ahead score on a 7-yard pass to Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds left. Romo was 7 of 9, and the only incompletions were a drop by Terrance Williams and a throwaway to avoid a sack from inside the Minnesota 10.
"Honestly, you've got to disregard everything and just say, 'What do we need to do to win the football game?'" said Romo, who was 34 of 51 for 337 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. "We didn't win last week, but I relish being out there in those situations to be able to go and help our football team win."
The danger for Dallas is relying too heavily on Romo. That wasn't good enough last year, when a faltering running game wasn't there for Romo and the Cowboys lost their last two games to miss the playoffs for the third straight year.
Dallas had a franchise-low nine carries against Minnesota even though DeMarco Murray returned from a two-game absence with a knee injury. He went 27 yards on his second carry — and only ran two more times, although he did have six catches for 19 yards. Murray finished with 31 yards rushing and the Cowboys had just 36.
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