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
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
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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