Cowboys craft perfect comeback
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - NFL quarterbacks who turn over the ball six times usually disappear quickly.
Tony Romo's isn't going anywhere.
The unflappable Romo overcame five interceptions and a lost fumble to lead two last-minute drives, and rookie Nick Folk kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Dallas Cowboys an improbable 25-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills last night.
Two of Romo's picks were returned for touchdowns in the first half, while his bobble and his fifth interception came during the fourth quarter.
Yet Dallas (5-0) won, setting up a showdown with the unbeaten Patriots Sunday at Texas Stadium.
"That's a sign of a pretty resilient team," Romo said. "I think our team, outside of me, played an outstanding football game. They dug me out of it.
"No one is going to care when it's all said and done how you won the game."
The Cowboys scored 9 points in the final 20 seconds. Romo drove Dallas 80 yards and hit Patrick Crayton with a 4-yard TD pass with 20 seconds remaining. The 2-point conversion try failed when Jabari Greer stripped Terrell Owens of the ball in the end zone.
But Tony Curtis recovered the onside kick and after two completions, Folk nailed his fourth field goal, shocking the sellout crowd that came to celebrate the first Monday night home game for Buffalo (1-4) in 13 years.
"Oh, it's great," Folk said. "It shows you how good we can be and what we can do if we don't make mistakes. And even if we do make mistakes and we stick together as a team, we still stay in the game."
It was the second last-second loss on a field goal this season for the Bills; Denver did almost the same thing in the opener.
"It was embarrassing, embarrassing," Bills receiver Lee Evans, on the verge of tears, kept repeating in the somber locker room. "We had opportunities to put the game away, put some points on the board, give us a little more cushion. Couldn't do it."
This latest victory was one of the most implausible in the Cowboys' illustrious history. Buffalo made nearly all the key plays, including interceptions for TDs by George Wilson and Chris Kelsay and a 103-yard kickoff runback by Terence McGee.
"We made too many big plays to lose that game," McGee said. "It just seemed we had it won. We were one play short."
"I haven't been around anything like that, and that's 31 years I've been in the league," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said of his triumphant return to Buffalo, where he was 29-19 from 1998-2000.