An interception of a Ben Roethlisberger pass in overtime by the Dallas Cowboys’ Brandon Carr led to a Dan Bailey field goal that gave the Cowboys a 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7) in a game played Sunday in Arlington, Texas.
The loss was the fourth in five games for the Steelers, who have fallen one game behind the Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) in the race for the final AFC wild card playoff spot. Pittsburgh will host the Bengals next Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.
After trailing Dallas 10-0 early in the contest, the Steelers took leads of 17-10 and 24-17, only to see the Cowboys tie the game twice, including a 24-24 deadlock that came on a 3-yard touchdown run by DeMarco Murray with 6;55 left in regulation. Dallas had the first overtime possession, but was forced to punt away the football. Roethlisberger was picked off on their second ensuing play.
Earlier, Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes to Heath Miller and Antonio Brown, Jonathan Dwyer scored on a 1-yard TD run, and Shaun Suisham kicked a 32-yard field goal. For Dallas, Tony Romo threw scoring passes to Jason Whitten and Dez Bryant, and Bailey kicked a 50-yard, first-quarter field goal.
Roethlisberger completed 24-of-40 passes for 339 yards. Miller caught seven passes for 92 yards, and became just the third Steelers receiver with 400 or more catches, following Hines Ward (1000) and John Stallworth. Brown tallied eight catches for 76 yards. The Steelers ran the ball only 17 times for a combined 69 yards.
Romo was 30-for-42 for 341 yards. Murray ran for 81 yards. Bryant caught four balls for 59 yards.