In a red-hot shootout, the Broncos beat the Cowboys, 51-48, on Matt Prater field goal
Broncos remain undefeated
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ARLINGTON, Texas - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos stayed unbeaten after Tony Romo made one late mistake in a record-setting game.
Manning kept up his torrid pace with four touchdown passes, and Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired for a 51-48 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns, the first 500-yard game in Dallas history, but was intercepted by Danny Trevathan at the Dallas 24 in the final 2 minutes to set up Prater's winning kick.
The Broncos (5-0) got all the way down to the Dallas 1, then drained the clock to make sure Prater's kick was the final play in a wild game.
The teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to STATS.
Cincinnati and Cleveland combined for 106 points in the Browns' 58-48 win in 2004.
Dallas (2-3) took a 48-41 lead when Romo threw 79 yards to Dez Bryant to set up a 4-yard scoring toss to Cole Beasley.
Manning, who threw for 414 yards, answered by leading a nine-play, 73-yard drive to Knowshon Moreno's tying 1-yard score with 2:44 remaining.
The Cowboys were on the verge of getting blown out early in the second half when they finally stopped Manning and forced a field goal. They later ended his streak of 227 passes without an interception when Morris Claiborne picked him off late in the third quarter.
Dallas converted the turnover into a 41-38 lead on Romo's 10-yard pass to Jason Witten, who had 121 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The Broncos answered with a drive to Prater's tying 50-yard field goal.
The biggest momentum swing came on Romo's 82-yard touchdown to rookie Terrance Williams that cut Denver's lead to 35-27 in the third quarter.
The Cowboys jumped ahead 14-0 in the first quarter.
But the Dallas defenders just couldn't stay with Denver's receivers, and then Manning fooled them and the 92,758 watching his first game at the $1.2 billion home of the Cowboys with a bootleg for an easy 1-yard score and a 28-17 lead.
Denver lined up for what looked like a run on third down from the 1.
But Manning had faked the handoff, and the roar from thousands of orange-clad Denver fans grew as they realized he was jogging toward the left corner of the end zone.
Romo got Dallas in position for a 48-yard field goal by Dan Bailey just before halftime with a 38-yard completion to Williams, who had 151 yards receiving.
Bryant had six catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
Julius Thomas led the Broncos with 122 yards and two scores, Moreno had 93 yards rushing.
Manning broke the record for TD passes through five games with his 19th on a 9-yard toss to Thomas in the second quarter. Daunte Culpepper of Minnesota held the previous mark with 18 in 2004.
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In a red-hot shootout, the Broncos beat the Cowboys, 51-48, on a 28-yard Matt Prater field goal as time ran out! Peyton Manning passed for 414 yards and four touchdowns, and he also ran in a bootleg untouched for a fifth touchdown.
-- Fourth Quarter --
Manning throws down the left sideline to Decker, but Cowboys' cornerback Morris Claiborne intercepts.
Cowboys march down the field, led by several passes from Romo to tight end Jason Witten. The big tight end scores on a 10-yard touchdown catch. The Cowboys again go for a 2-point conversion -- getting it this time as Romo hits Terrance Williams. The shootout continues as Dallas retakes the lead, 41-38.
Denver's drive stalls under the pressure of a tight Dallas defense. But Broncos' Matt Prater comes through with a 50-yard field goal to tie the game at 41-41.
Dez Bryant burns Bronco's cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a 79-yard catch and run, but Omar Bolden tackles Bryant at the 4 yard line. Romo hits Cole Beasley in the left flat and he runs in for the touchdown. Dallas leads, 48-41.
Manning leads the Broncos down the field, hitting Welker on the 2 yard line. Then Knowshon Moreno plows in from 2 yards out. Broncos tie it up -- again -- 48-48.
The Broncos defense turns up the pressure as Sean Phillips sacks Romo for the second time in the game.
Then Broncos' Danny Trevathan cut in front of Gavin Escobar to intercept a Romo pass. Broncos ball!
Manning hits Demaryius Thomas on a leaping catch in Dallas territory -- as Peyton goes over 400 yards passing for the game.
After several runs near the goal line to run out the clock, Matt Prater nails a 28-yard field goal to win the game -- 51-48 -- as times runs out!
-- Third Quarter --
The Broncos start the second half with a strong drive, starting with a long catch and run by Julius Thomas.
Knowshon Moreno has key runs, including a powerful sweep around the right end where he breaks several tackles. Ronnie Hillman has a catch and run to get Denver close to the goal line.
Then Manning hits Wes Welker, slicing left across end zone on a 2-yard pass for a touchdown. Broncos are up, 35-20.
The Cowboys' Tony Romo fires back, hitting wide receiver Terrance Williams on an 82-yard bomb for a touchdown. Cornerback Tony Carter was burned on the play. Broncos' still lead the slugfest, 35-27.
The Broncos' drive stalls. But Matt Prater nails a 48-yard field goal. Broncos lead, 38-27.
The Cowboys score on Romo's two-yard pass to Dez Bryant in the left corner of the end zone. Dallas goes for a 2-point conversion, but Romo can't find anyone open, he tries to run for the score and the Broncos' defense stops Romo short of the goal line. Broncos lead, 38-33.
-- Second Quarter --
The Broncos' defense stops the Cowboys in the red zone, holding Dallas to a 43-yard field goal by Dan Bailey.
Peyton Manning leads the Broncos down the field. Ronnie Hillman has a strong run around right end to get Denver near the goal line. Peyton hit's Eric Decker in right corner of the end zone for a touchdown.
The Broncos kill a Cowboys' drive when Denver rookie Kayvon Webster strips the ball from Dez Bryant and the Broncos recover the fumble.
Manning exploits the turnover, hitting tight end Julius Thomas on a 9-yard touchdown pass. The Broncos take the lead for the first time in the game, 21-17.
Manning leads the Broncos down the field and completely fools the Cowboys as he keeps the ball and runs around the left end to score. Broncos rolling -- up 28-17.
Cowboys come back to score a field goal.
Broncos lead, 28-20 at the half.
-- First Quarter --
The Dallas Cowboys score on the opening drive as Tony Romo tosses a 2-yard pass to Dez Bryant.
Eric Decker fumbles after a 16-yard catch in the middle of the field; Cowboys recover. Romo leads Cowboys down field and DeMarco Murray scores on a 4-yard run.
Broncos march down the field, aided by a long Peyton Manning pass to Decker. Manning hits Julius Thomas in the end zone for Denver's first touchdown.
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