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Broncos earn 51-48 victory over Cowboys on field goal as time expires
Broncos overcome Tony Romo’s 506 yards passing and five touchdowns to improve to 5-0.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Matt Prater nailed a 28-yard field goal on the final play as Denver won a wild shootout with Dallas, 51-48, at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.
Peyton Manning completed 33 of 42 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns and the Broncos remained undefeated at 5-0. Manning (61,371) moved past Dan Marino (61,361) for second on the career passing yardage list.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns to break Don Meredith’s club passing yardage record of 460, set in 1963. He is the fifth quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 500 yards and five touchdowns in a game.
Despite his heroics, it was a late Romo interception that cost his team. Romo was intercepted by Danny Trevathan at the Cowboys’ 24 with just under two minutes to go, setting up Manning and the Broncos for the winning kick.
“Tony felt like he could get the ball in there. That was the difference-maker play,” coach Jason Garrett said.
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 beat Cleveland 58-48 on Nov. 28, 2004.
“It was pretty amazing that it came down to the defense making a big play at the end,” Denver coach John Fox said. “Thank God our offense kept us in the game all day long.”
• Cincinnati ended Tom Brady’s streak of 52 consecutive games with a touchdown in a 13-6 victory over New England. It was so impressive that defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was handed a rain-drenched game ball in the locker room.
“That’s a great accomplishment,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “I don’t normally give out game balls, but I gave that one to Zimmer. They played well today. They were tight in coverage most of the day. Upfront, they got after it.”
• Replacing an injured Michael Vick late in the second quarter, Nick Foles led four scoring drives and threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as Philadelphia defeated the New York Giants 36-21 and the Eagles ended a three-game skid. Vick, who ran for a team-high 79 yards and threw for 105, left the game with a hamstring injury late in the second quarter after a 13-yard scramble. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Vick would have returned had Foles been hurt. Vick is set to have an MRI on the hamstring Monday.
• Arizona’s Daryl Washington, back after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, had two sacks and an interception in a 22-6 win over Carolina.
• Green Bay’s Randall Cobb had a career-best 67-yard run in the Packers’ 22-9 win over Detroit, joining Hall of Famer Gale Sayers as the only players in NFL history with runs and receptions of 60-plus yards, a 100-yard kickoff return and an 80-yard punt return in his first three seasons.