ARLINGTON, Texas — In the second-highest scoring game since the AFL-NFL merger 45 years ago, the Denver Broncos escaped with a 51-48 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo set the franchise's single-game passing record, but Romo is sure to draw criticism for another late-game interception.
Romo led the Cowboys back from a 35-20 deficit to a 48-41 lead with just over seven minutes left. Still, the game-deciding play was Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan's interception that set up Matt Prater's 28-yard field goal on the final play of the game.
“The kid made a good play,” Romo said. “I just didn't get as much on it. There weren't as many people around as I wanted to put it another two feet out in front. I didn't put it exactly where I needed to. It's frustrating.”
In a duel with Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, Romo more than held his own. Romo threw for five touchdowns. His 506 passing yards surpassed Don Meredith's 460 yards, a record that stood for 50 years.
“They have a great quarterback across the way, maybe the best ever, but No. 9 played very well today,” said Dallas tight end Jason Witten, one of three Cowboy players with more than 120 receiving yards. “He created a lot of plays ... It's probably the best game I've seen him play in a long time, if not the best.”
Manning threw for 414 yards and four TDs. He has thrown 20 touchdowns in five games but finally threw his first interception.
“It was hard to enjoy a touchdown drive when their offense is hot and you're going to have to go out there and do it again,” Manning said.
Both offenses went out and did it again. And again.