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The Steelers' comeback on a bitterly cold day with a gametime temperature of 22 and a wind chill in the low teens allowed the Giants (11-2) to win the NFC East despite losing to Philadelphia 20-14 earlier in the day.
The weather didn't help during yet another December disappointment for Dallas, which is 17-29 in the month since 1996. The Steelers are 24-9 in December since 2001.
Dallas lost despite a big day by rookie Tashard Choice, who ran for 88 yards in his first NFL start, the most against Pittsburgh all season, and had 166 total yards. Choice filled in for the injured Marion Barber, who stayed in Dallas with a dislocated little toe.
Romo, coming off successive 300-yard games, ended 19-of-36 for 210 yards and three interceptions. He put Dallas up 10-3 early in the third by scrambling for more than eight seconds before somehow finding Owens behind Ike Taylor in the rear of the end zone.
Later, after the score swung, Owens was seen jawing to assistant coach Ray Sherman along the sideline, possibly because he wasn't seeing the ball at the end.
"The defense played a hell of a ballgame," Owens said. "We stunk it up on offense."
Until Owens' catch, Pittsburgh held a 77-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter this season. Nick Folk later added his second field goal, a 33-yarder with 3:32 left in the third that made it 13-3.
Dallas, constantly stalled by the turnovers and bad field position, mounted little offense until Romo hit Witten on two passes for 31 yards to set up Folk's 44-yard field goal that made it 3-3 at halftime.
Notes: Mike Tomlin is the first coach in Steelers history to win at least 10 games in each of his first two seasons. ... ... James Harrison's 15th sack tied Mike Merriweather's 1984 single-season Steelers record. ... DeMarcus Ware got his 16th for Dallas, but lost his NFL lead when Joey Porter's two sacks for Miami against Buffalo gave him 16 1/2. ... Romo had only one interception in his previous three games. ... Pittsburgh finished 2-2 against the NFC East, losing to the Giants and Eagles.
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