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October 6, 2013

Broncos outlast Dallas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos stayed unbeaten after Tony Romo made one late mistake in a record-setting game.

Manning kept up his torrid pace with four touchdown passes, and Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired for a 51-48 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns, the first 500-yard game in Dallas history, but was intercepted by Danny Trevathan at the Dallas 24 in the final 2 minutes to set up Prater’s winning kick.

The Broncos (5-0) got all the way down to the Dallas 1, then drained the clock to make sure Prater’s kick was the final play in a wild game.

The teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest-scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to STATS.

Cincinnati and Cleveland combined for 106 points in the Browns’ 58-48 win in 2004.

Dallas (2-3) took a 48-41 lead when Romo threw 79 yards to ex-Oklahoma State star Dez Bryant to set up a 4-yard scoring toss to Cole Beasley.

Manning, who threw for 414 yards, answered by leading a nine-play, 73-yard drive to Knowshon Moreno’s tying 1-yard score with 2:44 remaining.

The Cowboys were on the verge of getting blown out early in the second half when they finally stopped Manning and forced a field goal. They later ended his streak of 227 passes without an interception when Morris Claiborne picked him off late in the third quarter.

Dallas converted the turnover into a 41-38 lead on Romo’s 10-yard pass to Jason Witten, who had 121 yards receiving and a touchdown.The Broncos answered with a drive to Prater’s tying 50-yard field goal.

The biggest momentum swing came on Romo’s 82-yard touchdown to rookie Terrance Williams that cut Denver’s lead to 35-27 in the third quarter.

The Cowboys jumped ahead 14-0 in the first quarter.  But the Dallas defenders just couldn’t stay with Denver’s receivers, and then Manning fooled them and the 92,758 watching his first game at the $1.2 billion home of the Cowboys with a bootleg for an easy 1-yard score and a 28-17 lead.

Denver lined up for what looked like a run on third down from the 1.  But Manning had faked the handoff, and the roar from thousands of orange-clad Denver fans grew as they realized he was jogging toward the left corner of the end zone.

 

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