The Cowboys have won four games in a row for the first time since 2011, downing Houston 20-17.
Considering the fact that everyone not named Tony Romo or Jerry Jones predicted Dallas to step on a banana peel and slide down to the NFC East cellar, this is a really big deal.
At 4-1 the Cowboys are tied with the Eagles for the division lead and each and every week they are looking more and more like a legitimate contender in the NFC.
But they almost let this one slip away.
Trailing 17-7 with just minutes left in the game, the Houston Texans crawled back to score twice in the final 2:27; a Randy Bullock field goal and then a 1-yard TD run by Arian Foster.
Tied at 17, Romo had 41 seconds to drive the Cowboys into field goal range from his own 17. He completed four passes to move the ball to the Houston 37, but Dan Bailey’s league-long streak of 30 straight made field goals ended as his 53-yard attempt sailed wide left and the game went to overtime.
Houston won the toss and they looked poised to complete the comeback in extra time. Arian Foster gained 30 yards on just two runs to get the ball near mid-field but the Texans’ drive stalled and they were forced to punt.
Six plays later Romo hit Dez Bryant on a 37-yard bomb that will be a prime candidate for catch of the year.
The play set up Bailey to redeem his miss at the end of regulation and he nailed the 49-yard game winner to send the Cowboys to 4-1.
Unreal catch by Dez. Dan Bailey. Good night….
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) October 5, 2014
Romo put up solid numbers, with 324 yards on 28/41 passing (2 TD, 1 INT) but the play of the game is 100 per cent on Bryant. Romo basically lobbed it up there for #88 to go and get it as he was leaning on his back foot to avoid the pass rush.
The thing is, Dez Bryant is ridiculously good.
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) October 5, 2014