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Dallas Cowboys: Dallas' win over Browns was far from pretty; Cowboys take what they can get

Cowboys showed some resiliency coming back from 13-0 deficit, force overtime and then win on Dan Bailey's 38-yard field goal
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 18, 2012
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photo - The Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy, left, congratulates Dan Bailey (5) on his game winning field goal against the Cleveland Browns in overtime of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys won 23-20. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade) ORG XMIT: CBS156
The Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy, left, congratulates Dan Bailey (5) on his game winning field goal against the Cleveland Browns in overtime of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys won 23-20. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade) ORG XMIT: CBS156

“We continue to battle,” Weeden said. “I don't know why we're not getting it done late. That's the frustrating part.”

After Weeden's TD pass, Dallas moved quickly down the field, aided by 50 yards on two penalties — a 35-yard pass interference and 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct. The Cowboys settled for a 32-yard Dan Bailey field goal with: 02 left in regulation to tie it.

After both teams failed to score on their initial overtime possession, Romo marched the Cowboys down for a game-winning 38-yard field goal with 6:07 left in the extra period.

Instead of a statement win for Weeden and the young, improving Browns, it was another frustrating loss. Cleveland has lost six games by seven or less points.

“Yeah, we've lost our share, but we've been in every game,” said Weeden, an Edmond Santa Fe product who had his entire family, numerous friends and OSU fans make the trip to watch him play. “You can't say we don't play hard or we don't fight. We just haven't been able to finish.”

That's also been an issue for the Cowboys. But this time they found a way to escape.

Dallas' owner Jerry Jones' response was revealing when asked if the win could provide momentum to make a run at the playoffs.

“Well, it gives us a mathematical chance,” Jones said. “As it would turn out, I liked the way we came back today. To get to 5-5 this way, a kind of strange way to earn it, you could look at it negatively. But I hope it will be a doctorate's degree for us going forward these next six games.”

Considering Dallas' suspect offensive line suffered another injury (left tackle Tyron Smith), does Garrett feel the Cowboys can find “their best stuff,” facing a short turnaround before they host Washington on Thanksgiving Day?

“You just have to keep grinding,” Garrett said. “If you ask 32 head coaches in the NFL, they would all agree with me that we can play better. This is a positive thing for our football team. Hopefully, we'll get some guys back and get going again.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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