Cowboys down Dolphins on final play

Dallas 20, Miami 19

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo doesn’t care about winning in style. He’s leading the Dallas Cowboys to victories, and that’s all that matters.

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Dallas quarterback Tony Romo (left) celebrates after Dan Bailey (right) kicked the game-winning field goal.   Associated Press
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Dallas quarterback Tony Romo (left) celebrates after Dan Bailey (right) kicked the game-winning field goal.

Romo overcame a pair of early interceptions by throwing two touchdown passes to Laurent Robinson and rookie Dan Bailey made a 28-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Dallas Cowboys a 20-19 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.

The Cowboys (7-4) were never able to grab control, but also never trailed by more than six points. The defense gave up scores on four consecutive series, but limited the damage because three of those were field goals. They finally got a stop with Dallas trailing 19-17.

Romo took over on his 36-yard line with 2:59 left. He completed a few passes, then rookie DeMarco Murray kept grinding out yards and winding down the clock to set up Bailey’s winner.

“We did enough to give ourselves a chance to win the game,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said.

This was the second game in a row that Bailey ended with a field goal, and the fourth time he’s done it this season. The kick was his 26th consecutive made field goal, matching the second-best in club history.

It also was a measure of redemption for Cowboys fans, coming 18 years after the Dolphins won a Thanksgiving game on a last-second field goal after Leon Lett’s memorable gaffe on a snowy afternoon.

Dallas won its fourth in a row, continuing its best streak since a division championship season in 2009. The Cowboys also grabbed sole possession of first place in the NFC East, moving a half-game ahead of the Giants. New York plays at New Orleans on Monday night.

Miami (3-8) had won three in a row. The Dolphins hadn’t allowed a touchdown for 13 quarters before Robinson’s first TD with 55 seconds left in the first half.

Romo ended a streak of 128 passes in a row without an interception, but he completed 22 of 34 for 226 yards.

“He just kind of kept hanging in there,” Garrett said. “I thought he moved in the pocket really well. In critical situations, he … allowed us to make plays.”

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