Staying Alive!

The Dallas Cowboys received a serious boost to their playoff hopes Saturday afternoon after a 24-20 come-from-behind win over the Carolina Panthers.

Julius Peppers kept the Dallas Cowboys alive with a running-into-the-kicker penalty. Terry Glenn made the Carolina Panthers pay for the mistake.

Glenn's juggling two-yard touchdown catch with 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter lifted the Cowboys to a dramatic 24-20 victory over the Panthers.

The loss denied Carolina (10-5) a chance to clinch a playoff spot. The Panthers also had an opportunity to seal the NFC South title with a win and a loss by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are playing the Atlanta Falcons.

The Cowboys (9-6) are still competing for a wild-card spot. The Panthers appeared to be on the verge of eliminating the Cowboys when Jake Delhomme hit Ricky Proehl with a 35-yard touchdown pass with 2:32 left in the fourth quarter, giving Carolina a 20-17 lead.

But Drew Bledsoe hit Glenn with a 15-yard pass and connected with Keyshawn Johnson on a 19-yard play to help set up a potential game-tying 33-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff with 1:12 remaining.

On a 4th-and-4 play, Cundiff missed the kick wide right, but was run into by Peppers, who earlier blocked a field goal and had three sacks. But the penalty on Peppers gave the Cowboys a first down.

Three plays later, Glenn made his juggling catch near the right corner of the end zone to give Dallas the win.

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