Carter, Cowboys Top St. Louis

The Dallas Cowboys did the unthinkable Sunday afternoon in St. Louis- they won. Behind a stingy defense and a ball control offense, the Cowboys eeked out a 3-point win as rookie placekicker Billy Cundiff drilled a 48-yard field goal as time expired.

The Dallas Cowboys did the unthinkable Sunday afternoon in St. Louis- they won.

Behind a stingy defense and a ball control offense, the Cowboys eeked out a 3-point win as rookie placekicker Billy Cundiff drilled a 48-yard field goal as time expired.

After the Rams' Jeff Wilkins missed a 49-yard field goal with just 1:27 left in the 4th quarter, Quincy Carter led the Cowboys 41-yards in 9 plays to help set up the game-winning kick.

Carter completed a huge 15-yard pass across the middle to Michael Wiley that put the Cowboys in business at the Rams' 35-yard line with just under 15 seconds remaining. Carter would then hit Ken-Yon Rambo for 5 more yards before he spiked the ball with just 1 second left on the clock.

Cundiff stepped onto the field and calmly connected just inside the left upright to send the Cowboys to their first win in a domed stadium since 1995.

It was the Rams' 4th consecutive loss in this young season.

The Rams' starting quarterback, Kurt Warner, broke the pinkie finger on this throwing hand in the first quarter and was forced to miss most of the game. He ended the afternoon just 1-of-2 passing for 17 yards and an interception.

The first half saw the Cowboys jump on the board first as Quincy Carter hit a wide open Darnay Scott across the field on what appeared to be blown coverage by the St. Louis secondary.

St. Louis overcame two turnovers and other miscues to tie the game at 7 just before halftime as backup quarterback Jamie Martin hist Isaac Bruce with a 21-yard touchdown pass with 1:25 left.

The Cowboys were able to limit St. Louis to just a field goal in the second half, as the Rams seemed helpless without the services of Warner. Cundiff would prove to be a clutch peformer as he nailed both of his 4th quarter field goal attempts.

"I knew we didn't need a touchdown to win it," Quincy Carter would say after the game. "We just needed to keep moving the ball down the field. I did my part, but also my line did their part, my receivers, my backs. I just thought, as a collective group, that we did a great job handling the 2-minute drive."

Carter threw for over 200 yards for the third consecutive game and ended the afternoon by completing 26-of-36 for 204 yards and a touchdown.

Continuing in his pursuit of Walter Payton's career rushing record, Emmitt Smith had 58 yards on 13 carries, including one scamper of 30-yards late in the 2nd quarter. He now needs 303 yards to catch Payton's record of 16,726.

With the win, the Cowboys climb back to .500 at 2-2. Dallas will face NFC East rival New York next weekend at Texas Stadium.

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