Roethlisberger put the Steelers ahead 24-17 with a 7-yard scoring pass to Antonio Brown, and Brown was about to put Pittsburgh in control with a long punt return.
But Brown fumbled when Victor Butler reached out and knocked the ball loose at the end of a 22-yard return. DeMarco Murray, who had 81 yards on 14 carries, then scored on a 3-yard run.
‘‘There was about five or six guys, all in black and yellow,’’ Butler said. ‘‘And I see the punter and me and the long snapper and I figure I am probably the best tackler out of the three. It was time to make a play.’’
Dez Bryant extended his touchdown streak to six games while playing with a broken left index finger, a 24-yard score that put Romo over 25,000 yards for his career and gave Dallas a 10-0 lead.
Roethlisberger pulled the Steelers even before halftime. He stepped away from pressure and used a couple of pump fakes to keep pass rushers away before finding Heath Miller wide open along the sideline on a 30-yard score.
NOTES: The first Dallas touchdown was the first scoring connection from Romo to TE Jason Witten this season. ... Steelers CB DeMarcus Van Dyke injured a shoulder on Pittsburgh’s first punt less than two minutes into the game and didn’t return. ... Dallas rookie TE James Hanna had two career catches for two key grabs on the Cowboys’ first touchdown drive. ... The Grambling State band spelled out ‘‘JB’’ in honor of Brown at halftime. ... The loss snapped Pittsburgh’s three-game winning streak in overtime. Dallas is 2-0 in OT at Cowboys Stadium after beating Cleveland last month. ... Attendance was 95,595, a season high at Cowboys Stadium.
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