Cowboys Fall to Arizona

Bill Gramatica struggled Sunday afternoon in Tempe, Arizona, but he made the most important kick of the day when it counted the most. After missing field-goal attempts from 28 and 51 yards in the final 3:24 of regulation, Gramatica kicked a 40-yarder with 3:10 left in overtime to give Arizona a 9-6 victory over the Cowboys.

Gramatica's field goals of 41 and 23 yards put Arizona up 6-0 in the first half of a game filled with missed opportunities, including three errant field-goal tries late in regulation.

It was the second game-winning kick in a row for Gramatica. His 50-yarder beat Carolina two weeks ago. Arizona had a bye last week.

The Cardinals improved to 4-2, their best start since 1988 -- their first season in Arizona. They are tied with the 49ers for first place in the NFC West. Arizona plays at San Francisco next Sunday.

Quincy Carter threw four interceptions, two in the end zone to thwart scoring threats for the Cowboys (3-4).

Emmitt Smith gained a season-high 82 yards on 22 carries, leaving him 92 yards shy of Walter Payton's NFL career rushing mark.

A personal foul against Randal Williams and a pass interference call against Mario Edwards, combined with Jake Plummer's 11-yard scramble, set up the winning field goal.

Dallas failed to score on its two overtime possessions, and Arizona couldn't score on its first.

But on the Cowboys' second punt of overtime, Williams was called for a personal foul for running into returner Arnold Jackson after a fair catch. David Boston, who had six catches for 110 yards, caught a 10-yard pass and Plummer scrambled 11 yards to the Dallas 44.

Edwards was called for pass interference against Boston to move the ball to the 25 and set up Gramatica's winning kick.

Gramatica missed a 28-yard field goal with 3:24 left and a 51-yarder with 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Dallas' Billy Cundiff missed a 49-yard try with 24 seconds to play in regulation.

Carter connected with Antonio Bryant on a 78-yard play for the game's only touchdown with 7:50 to go in the third quarter. But holder Micah Knorr fumbled the snap on the botched conversion try and the game was tied 6-6.

Adrian Wilson had three interceptions, one shy of Arizona's franchise record. His final pick came in the end zone after Dallas drove to the Cardinals' 14 with 12 minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

In a first half that was a battle of field position, Gramatica kicked field goals on Arizona's first and last possessions to take a 6-0 lead at the break. Plummer's scrambles of 14 and 19 yards on third down were the big plays in the drives.

The half ended in controversy when Plummer threw to Boston in the corner of the end zone for what would have been a 5-yard touchdown pass with 4 seconds to play.

One referee called it a touchdown, but was overruled by another official who said Boston's left foot came down out of bounds.

The play was reviewed, and referee Dick Hantak ruled that while Boston's left toe first came down inbounds, his heel was on the line when his foot came to rest. Gramatica kicked a 23-yard field goal as the half ended.

With the loss, the Cowboys fall to 3-4 on the year. Dallas will face the Seattle Seahawks next week for a 12:00 kickoff at Texas Stadium.

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