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The Patriots then punted, but the Cowboys were content to use up the clock by running the ball -- three rushes for 5 yards, plus a 5-yard penalty -- and punted right back.
"You have to run the ball in that situation because of the time situation," said Garrett, who trusted his defense to stop the Patriots. "It's one of the best offenses in the league. You're challenging your defense, no doubt about it."
Until the final drive, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was headed for his second straight strong game against the Patriots.
He held that job with Cleveland when the Browns beat the Patriots 34-14 last Nov. 7. Since then, the Patriots had scored at least 30 points in 13 consecutive games. That streak ended Sunday, but New England still won.
Stephen Gostkowski's 31-yard field goal gave the Patriots a 3-0 lead before Bailey tied it with a 48-yarder. Gostkowski connected again early in the second quarter, this time from 26 yards, before Brady and Wes Welker hooked up on a 5-yard scoring pass. But Romo threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 33 seconds left in the half and Dallas trailed 13-10.
Bailey then tied the game with a 22-yard field goal with 5:50 left in the third.
And after Bailey put Dallas ahead for the first time with his final field goal, Brady took over.
"Your margin of error is very, very small at that point," he said. "You can't not get the ball in the end zone."
In those situations, Brady often does.
"When it comes to crunch time," Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking said, "he is at his best."
NOTES: Belichick and Brady have won 116 regular-season games together, tying Miami's Don Shula and Dan Marino for most in NFL history. ... DeMarcus Ware had two sacks for Dallas, giving him seven in five games this season. ... The teams met for the 11th time with the Patriots winning their fourth in a row after losing the first seven. ... Welker had six catches for 45 yards after entering the game with league-leading averages of nine receptions and 148 yards receiving.
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