Cowboys erase 21-point deficit, beat Rams 34-31
ST. LOUIS (AP) Dez Bryant had so much distance on the closest defender, it was pitch and catch. Blown coverage made it the easiest play the Dallas Cowboys made in a comeback that matched the biggest in franchise history.
''No one ever comes that wide open,'' quarterback Tony Romo said of the 68-yard touchdown pass that was among the big plays that helped the Cowboys erase a 21-0 deficit and stun the St. Louis Rams 34-31 on Sunday. ''You want to make sure you don't do anything stupid.''
The Cowboys (2-1) had plenty of time to chip away, and no one panicked about the cushion they'd spotted the Rams.
''We never blinked, I can honestly say that,'' Bryant said.
Romo has 21 comeback victories in the fourth quarter or overtime, a franchise best.
''Tony went out there and did what Tony do,'' Bryant said. ''He was poised and he knew what he wanted to do.''
Terrance Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and Bruce Carter returned an interception 25 yards for a TD on the next snap, capping the rally.
DeMarco Murray's 1-yard run late in the first half began the rally.
Dallas also rallied from a 21-point deficit in 1984 against New Orleans and 1999 against Washington, although both of those wins came in overtime.
It tied the second-largest lead blown by the Rams (1-2), who slowed Murray but got burned everywhere else. Among other breakdowns was a flubbed snap by center Scott Wells, who didn't realize Austin Davis was in the shotgun, resulting in a lost fumble, and a dropped touchdown pass by Jared Cook that could have put the Rams up 28-21. They settled for a field goal.
''I feel like I let this game slip through my hands and it's my fault,'' Cook said.
St. Louis is 0-2 at home and was whipped 34-6 by Minnesota in the opener. Fisher said Davis played well, but that Shaun Hill would be the starter after the upcoming bye week.
''So, we've got some work to do and some time to look at what we're doing,'' Fisher said. ''They played very, very hard. But they didn't play very smart.''
Murray had 100 yards on 24 carries and lost a fumble for the fourth straight game dating to last season, even after switching from carrying the ball on his left side to the right. Three of his 10 career 100-yard games are against the Rams and all leading to victories, with a franchise-record 253 yards in 2011 and 175 yards last season.
Janoris Jenkins' 25-yard interception return, the fifth defensive touchdown in his three seasons, put the Rams up 21-0 with 6:06 to go in the first half.
Davis cut the Cowboys' lead to three points on a 4-yard pass to Austin Pettis with 2:36 to go, but Morris Claiborne's interception clinched it with 1:02 left.
Romo was 4 for 5 for 40 yards and scrambled 16 yards on third-and-13 on the go-ahead drive. His second-half play overshadowed a third costly INT of the year.
''We were able to execute under pressure or whatever you want to say, blah, blah, blah,'' Romo said. ''We got it done.''
Penalties and a turnover late in the first half helped the Cowboys close the gap.
Murray's 1-yard run came a play after rookie Lamarcus Joyner's interference call in the end zone. Henry Melton recovered a fumble on Scott Wells' flubbed shotgun snap, and a roughing-the-passer call on Eugene Sims got Dallas closer for Dan Bailey's 29-yard field goal.
NOTES: The Cowboys are 2-1 for the fourth straight season and have won 12 in a row in Week 3. ... Former Rams great Isaiah Robertson was introduced on the sideline in the first quarter. ... Murray is among four Cowboys to begin a season with a rushing TD in the first four games. Emmit Smith did it four times, Marion Barber three times and Calvin Hill once.
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