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
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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