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Game Recap: Cowboys 23, Browns 20

Posted Nov 18, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys earned a 23-20 come-from-behind victory in overtime against the Cleveland Browns Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dan Bailey’s 38-yard field goal gave the Dallas Cowboys a 23-20 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns in Sunday’s game at Cowboys Stadium.

Both teams earned a stop on their first possession of overtime and then, the Cowboys marched  28 yards in seven plays for the game-winning score.

Earlier in the game, Bailey converted a 32-yard field goal and tied the score at 20 with two seconds remaining in Sunday’s game against the Browns.

The win evened the Cowboys’ at 5-5 heading into their Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins. The Browns dropped to 2-8 win the loss and return home for a matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday.

Prior to Bailey’s game-tying field goal, Browns tight end Benjamin Watson put the team back in front of the Cowboys, at 20-17, with a 17-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Brandon Weeden with 1:07 remaining in regulation.

The one-play, 17-yard drive that took three seconds off the clock was set up by Joshua Cribbs’ 21-yard punt return and the subsequent 15-yard penalty on Dallas’ John Phillips for a horse collar tackle.

Earlier in the quarter, wide receiver Dez Bryant’s 28-yard touchdown reception gave the Cowboys their first lead of the day, at 17-13, over the Browns.

Down by three points when the Cowboys took possession of the football at the 11:57 mark of the fourth quarter, quarterback Tony Romo engineered a nine-play, 58-yard drive that took 5:11 off the clock.

The Cowboys had trailed the Browns since late in the first quarter, when Brandon Weeden threw a 10-yard touchdown to Watson.

Dallas running back Felix Jones scored a two-yard touchdown on a run behind right tackle and cut the Browns’ lead to 13-10 with 13:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.

On first-and-goal from the two-yard line, quarterback Tony Romo took the snap and handed off to Jones, who followed the blockers and with a second effort, slipped through the Browns’ defenders and crossed the goal line. Jones has now rushed for a team-best three touchdowns this season.

The Browns held a 13-3 lead over the Cowboys after three quarters.

Bailey’s 44-yard field goal got the Cowboys on the scoreboard and cut the Browns’ lead to 13-3 with 4:16 remaining in the third quarter. Bailey finished off a nine-play, 54-yard drive. He is now 17 of 19 on the season, including a four-for-four mark on field goals between 40 and 49 yards.

After two Phil Dawson field goals and a first-quarter touchdown pass, the Browns built a 13-0 halftime lead over the Cowboys.

With his 37-yard field goal at the 5:07 mark of the second quarter, Dawson extended the Browns’ lead to 13-0 over the Cowboys. Dawson’s kick was his second of the game and capped off an 11-play, 55-yard drive that took more than four minutes off the second-quarter clock.

Running back Montario Hardesty rushed for 19 yards and a first down on his two carries on the possession.

Dawson’s 51-yard field goal extended the Browns’ lead to 10-0 over the Cowboys at the 12:09 mark of the second quarter.

Dawson’s field goal was his fifth of the season from at least 50 yards. He is 18 of 18 on field goal attempts this season and has converted 24 straight three-pointers, three away from his career best streak of 27 consecutive over the 2003-04 seasons.

He currently has the longest consecutive field goals streak in the NFL and also leads the league with 12 field goals of 50 or more yards since the start of the 2011 season.

Browns running back Trent Richardson had the longest play of the scoring drive when he caught a 27-yard pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden on the last snap of the first quarter.

On second-and-five from the Browns’ 21-yard line, Weeden checked the ball down to Richardson, who ran to Cleveland’s 48-yard line before defensive back Morris Claiborne pushed him out of bounds. Three plays later, wide receiver Josh Gordon caught a deflected pass for a 13-yard gain on third-and-five.

Initially, cornerback Orlando Scandrick deflected the ball. However, Gordon then tipped the ball into the air and pulled it down before being tackled.

With three defensive stops and a touchdown pass from Weeden to Watson, the Browns built a 7-0 lead over the Cowboys after the first quarter of play from Cowboys Stadium.

Watson caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Weeden and gave the Browns a 7-0 lead over the Cowboys with 4:01 remaining in the first quarter. On third-and-goal from the Cowboys’ 10-yard line, Weeden took the snap, dropped back and found Watson open over the middle of the field. The veteran tight end caught the pass in-between three Dallas defenders.

An official review of the play upheld the ruling of a touchdown. Originally, Watson caught the ball, but it was jarred loose by a hit from a defender. However, Watson corralled the ball before it hit the ground to finish the 10-play, 48-yard drive with a touchdown.

Game Recap is presented by Giant Eagle, the Official Supermarket of the Cleveland Browns.