In a season of unexpected twists and turns for the Dallas Cowboys, it was their opponent who struggled to put things together Sunday afternoon.
And it wasn't just any opponent. It was Peyton Manning.
Peyton Manning as in four-time league MVP Peyton Manning.
The future Hall of Famer threw four interceptions, including two of which that were returned for touchdowns as the Cowboys claimed a three-point overtime win at Indianapolis.
The Cowboys also rushed for a season-high 217 yards, scoring 20 points off turnovers to help give interim coach Jason Garrett his third win in four games.
"You get challenged in the NFL every week and really get challenged every play," Garrett said. "Certainly when you come to this place, against that team and that quarterback and those [pass] rushers, it's going to be an all-day sucker for us. It didn't surprise me that their team battled back and overcame some adversities, and we had to do the same to win this game."
Sean Lee, who recorded two picks, and Orlando Scandrick had the defensive scoring honors, returning passes of 31 yards and 40 yards, respectively, for touchdowns.
"He's probably the best quarterback to ever play the game and to have four interceptions on him is unbelievable for us," Lee said afterwards. "It just shows the type of work we've been putting in in practice."
The Cowboys struck first, getting a 20 yard touchdown run from Tashard Choice to go up 7-0 less than five minutes into the game.
Dallas added a 30 yard field goal from David Buehler before Scandrick's 40-yard interception return of Manning pushed the lead to 17 points.
The Colts responded with a touchdown before halftime, courtesy of Manning's 13-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon.
After another scoring strike to Reggie Wayne, this time from 34 yards out, the Cowboys added a Buehler field goal from 46 yards to make it 20-14 before Lee's interception extended the lead to 13.
Indianapolis rallied however, eventually taking its first lead of hte game with 12:56 left on a blocked punt.
But Jon Kitna, who continues to play well in the absense of injured starter Tony Romo, connected with Jason Witten on a two-yard score, then added a two-point conversion to Roy Williams to give Dallas a seven-point cushion with just over two minutes to play.
After Indy tied it to force overtime, one final Manning pick setup Buehler's game winner from 38 yards.
"It isn't good when you're having to ask which one is it," Manning said. "I don't make any excuses. I'm continuing to throw, I'll keep throwing. I hope I throw it to our guys."
NOTES: Lee is the 10th Dallas rookie with an interception return for a touchdown, joining Gaechter, Renfro, Cole (1968), Randy Hughes (1975), Ron Francis (1987), Dixon Edwards (1991), Roy Williams (twice in 2002), Mike Jenkins (2008) and Bryan McCann (2010). ... David Buehler's four touchbacks today gave him 45 for his career to pass Toby Gowin (42) for the most in a career in club history dating back to 1990 – the furthest back the stat can be researched . It also marked his fifth career game with four touchbacks.
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