Finishing kick: Field goal gives Cowboys fourth straight win

The Sports Xchange

Finishing kick: Field goal gives Cowboys fourth straight win

By Art Garcia

The Sports Xchange

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tony Romo isn't going to remember his latest Thanksgiving outing as one of his best, but just like the previous four, the Dallas Cowboys didn't lose.

Romo directed the game-winning march that ended with Dan Bailey's 28-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Dallas past Miami Dolphins, 20-19, before 87,418 fans at Cowboys Stadium.

The NFC East-leading Cowboys (7-3) ran their winning streak to four, while Miami (3-8) saw its three-game snapped. But just barely.

"Getting the four wins in a row is big," said Romo, now 5-0 on Turkey Day as a starter. "We're not trying to think about it in the big picture yet."

The Dolphins took a 19-17 lead on Shayne Graham's fourth field goal midway through the fourth quarter. Miami was able to stop Dallas on its ensuing drive, but the Cowboys made their last possession count.

Starting on their 36 with 2:59 remaining, Romo got the Cowboys into Miami territory with 23-yard completion to his favorite target, Jason Witten. A steady diet of rookie DeMarco Murray (87 yards rushing) got Dallas into field-goal range.

Bailey has now made game-winning field goals in successive weeks and 26 in a row this season.

"It's my job to go out there and make field goals," said Bailey, who made the team as a rookie free agent. "I just go out there and try to go one for one and do my best."

The final kick spoiled a valiant effort by Miami quarterback Matt Moore, who threw for 288 yards and fell to 3-4 as a starter since replacing Chad Henne. Reggie Bush added 96 total yards rushing and receiving for the Dolphins.

"I thought Matt Moore did a great job today with staying poised and making some huge plays," Bush said.

Romo (226 yards passing and two touchdowns) had given Dallas a lead early in the fourth on his second touchdown hookup with Laurent Robinson. Romo completed a couple of improbable throws on that drive while on the verge of getting sacked.

Buying time with his feet, Romo found Robinson sprinting along the back of the end zone right in the corner. The Cowboys were up 17-16 with essentially the entire fourth quarter remaining.

The Dolphins had several scoring chances end with field-goal tries before finally punching it into the end zone late in the third quarter for a 16-10 lead.

Moore found Brandon Marshall from 35 yards out inside the right pylon. A 41-yard completion to Brian Hartline on third down set up the go-ahead score.

Defenses dominated in a 10-6 first half. The Cowboys overcame two Romo interceptions, while Miami wasn't as lucky with its miscue with about a minute left before the break.