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Dallas Cowboys pick up another dramatic win

Brandon Carr's interception in overtime set up former Oklahoma State kicker Dan Bailey's game-winning field goal against Steelers.
By Mike Baldwin Published: December 16, 2012
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photo - Dallas Cowboys punter Brian Moorman (2) and John Phillips (89) celebrate after kicker Dan Bailey (5) kicked a field goal to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 in overtime of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Pittsburgh Steelers' Josh Victorian (35) leaves the field. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  ORG XMIT: CBS145
Dallas Cowboys punter Brian Moorman (2) and John Phillips (89) celebrate after kicker Dan Bailey (5) kicked a field goal to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 in overtime of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Pittsburgh Steelers' Josh Victorian (35) leaves the field. (AP Photo/LM Otero) ORG XMIT: CBS145

Both defenses alternated making big plays down the stretch.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett contemplated allowing Bailey to attempt a 61-yard field goal with 32 seconds left but opted to punt and play for overtime. A missed field goal would have given the Steelers the ball at the Dallas 49 with two timeouts.

“He went back and forth a few times then did a great job of understanding the game situation,” Romo said. “Could (Bailey) have gotten it there? Maybe. (Garrett) stuck with his guns, we talked, he made a great choice and obviously it turned out great.”

Dallas' Bedlam connection were key cogs in a Dallas offense that compiled 415 total yards.

Former Oklahoma State star Dez Bryant, playing with a fractured finger, hauled in a 24-yard touchdown to give Dallas a 17-10 lead. Over the past six games, Bryant has 40 catches for 544 yards and eight TDs.

Murray, the former Oklahoma running back who is healthy for the first time in two months, produced a combined 112 rushing and receiving yards.

Winning five of their last six games, the Cowboys are overcoming their reputation they can't win after Thanksgiving. Dallas is 3-0 in December.

“This is a different team,” Murray said. “Last year was last year and two years ago was two years ago. The best teams later in the year, they get better.”

Romo joked about passing out name tags. Several players have joined the roster to replace players who have been placed on injured reserve.

“It's been a very interesting season to say the least,” Romo said. “I've never been a part of a team where so many people are out ...

“Our football team has developed that mental toughness that knows no matter what's going on during the game, as bad as it may look, we get to the fourth quarter we have a shot to win the game.”

Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team wanted him on the sideline to show support.

“Dealing with the kinds of things we've been dealing with, I give (players) credit, but I give Jason a lot of credit in keeping everybody's eye on the ball,” Jones said. “At the same time, he understands the important thing is to honor Jerry Brown's life and support each other during this tough time.”