Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal to lift the Denver Broncos to a 51-48 win over the Dallas Cowboys in a shootout at Cowboys Stadium.
Peyton Manning’s Broncos improved to 5-0 on the season, becoming one of three undefeated teams left in the National Football League regular season. Manning posted his second 400-yard game of the season, leading the Broncos to their 16th straight regular season win and eighth consecutive on the road.
Both Roma and Peyton Manning were on top form in a clash featuring 11 touchdowns, but it was the latter who prevailed in a nail-biting finale.
“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.”
In the waning seconds of one of the highest-scoring thrillers in NFL history, Manning ensured that his kicker – not Romo – had the last chance to score.
Dallas started the quicker and scored two touchdowns in a first quarter full of action, with Romo finding Dez Bryant before DeMarco Murray drove over soon after. Denver responded as Manning found his range in the second quarter, providing for Eric Decker and Julius Thomas before scoring himself to put the Broncos 28-20 ahead at the break.
Denver tied the game on a one-yard touchdown run from Knowshon Moreno with 2:39 remaining, and Dallas got the ball back at their own 20 with all three timeouts. The Cowboys fell to 2-3.
But then Dallas quarterback Tony Romo threw an interception to Danny Trevathan and Denver got the ball back at Dallas’ 24 yard line.
After a 13-yard catch by Demaryius Thomas that took the ball to the Dallas 11, Denver faced a third-and-one at the two and Moreno’s one-yard run gave the Broncos a fresh set of downs. Quarterback Manning then ran the clock down to two seconds before calling a timeout, setting the stage for Prater’s heroic 28-yard field goal in front of a crowd of 92,758.
With the win Denver joins the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints as the lone undefeated teams in the league. The Broncos face the winless Jacksonville Jaguars at home next week, reports
The 37-year-old Manning finished the game 33-for-42 for 414 yards and four touchdowns, but also threw his first interception of the season. He added a rushing touchdown, his first in almost five years, reports the Yahoo News.
Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns, the first 500-yard game in Dallas history. However, it was a late mistake from Romo that ultimately cost his team dear, turning the ball over with a misplaced pass. It was intercepted by Danny Trevathan at the Dallas 24 in the final 2 minutes to set up Prater’s winning kick.
The Broncos, already playing their fifth game without suspended pass rusher Von Miller and injured cornerback Champ Bailey, lost two of their best remaining players to injuries in the first half, when linebacker Wesley Woodyard suffered a shoulder injury and cornerback Chris Harris was diagnosed with a concussion, says the USA Today.