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Bailey bails out Cowboys in OT

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[October 06, 2014]  Cowboys 20, Texans 17 (OT): Dan Bailey kicked a 49-yard field goal after Dez Bryant made a circus catch in overtime as the host Cowboys outlasted the Texans in the battle of Texas. Tony Romo was 28-of-41 for 324 yards and DeMarco Murray carried 31 times for 136 yards for Dallas (4-1), which posted its first four-game winning streak since 2011 despite committing two red-zone turnovers and failing to run out the clock in regulation. Bryant had nine catches for 85 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys, who outgained the Texans 456-330.

Arian Foster ran for 157 yards and two TDs for Houston (3-2), which was held to 86 total yards in a scoreless first half and trailed 17-7 with under 10 minutes left. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 16-of-25 for 154 yards for the Texans.

On a third-and-nine play in overtime, Romo threw a ball down the left sideline that Bryant made a leaping, juggling catch over the defender for 37 yards to the Houston 31. Bailey avenged an earlier miss with a 49-yarder to win it as Houston got the ball to start overtime and after a 24-yard run by Foster, the Texans crossed midfield but couldn't move any further.

After Romo threw TD passes to Terrance Williams and Bryant for a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, Houston got a 29-yard field goal by Randy Bullock and a 1-yard TD run by Foster just under two minutes apart to forge a tie with 41 seconds left. Romo engineered the Cowboys to the Texans 35, but Bailey missed a 53-yarder as time expired.

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GAME NOTEBOOK: The Texans have not allowed a point in the first quarter this season and the Cowboys have not yielded a point in the first half in their last two games. Cowboys' Jason Witten finished with 59 yards to become the third TE in NFL history to surpass 10,000 in his career (Tony Gonzalez, Shannon Sharpe). By forcing three turnovers, the Texans have 12 for the season - one more than 2013.

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