Cowboys Playoff Hopes Alive and Well

Drew Bledsoe and Dan Campbell save the day Sunday against Kansas City.

Drew Bledsoe hit TE Dan Campbell with a one-yard scoring pass with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift the Dallas Cowboys to a 31-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in a thrilling interconference game between playoff contenders.

The Chiefs (8-5) had a chance to tie the game, but Lawrence Tynes pushed a 41-yard field-goal attempt wide right as time expired. On the previous play, Trent Green hit Dante Hall with a 34-yard pass to the Dallas 24.

The win kept the Cowboys (8-5) one game behind the first-place New York Giants in the NFC East. The Chiefs are tied with San Diego for second place in the AFC West, two games behind first-place Denver.

The lead changed hands five times in a game that featured brilliant performances by Bledsoe and Chiefs running back Larry Johnson. Bledsoe passed for 332 yards and three touchdowns and Johnson rushed for 143 yards and three scores.

The win had to be especially sweet for Bledsoe, who faced intense media criticism after completing just 15-of-39 passes for 146 yards with two interceptions in a 17-10 loss to the Giants last week.

But Bledsoe showed off his big arm on Sunday, connecting with Terry Glenn on a 71-yard touchdown and hitting tight end Jason Witten with a 26-yard touchdown in a 3:15 span late in the second quarter to give the Cowboys a 17-14 lead.

Johnson rushed for more than 100 yards for the sixth straight game and scored on runs of 11, 1 and 21 yards.

Along with catching a long touchdown pass, Glenn also scored on a six-yard run off a reverse to give the Cowboys a 24-21 lead with 13:07 left in the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs reclaimed the lead when Trent Green connected with Eddie Kennison on a 47-yard touchdown with 3:55 remaining.

But the Cowboys took the lead for good when Bledsoe faked a handoff and then fired a one-yard touchdown pass to Campbell, who was wide open in the end zone. The drive was kept alive when rookie linebacker Derrick Johnson, a first-round pick from Texas, was penalized for holding Witten on a pass play.

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