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Stephens-Howling delivers GW TD; Cards defeat Dallas 19-13 in OT

For the third time in their three meetings since 2008 – all of in Arizona – the Cardinals beat the Cowboys in excruciating fashion.

LaRod Stephens-Howling caught a short pass from Kevin Kolb and zipped 52 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give the Cardinals a 19-13 victory Sunday, snapping the Cowboys’ four-game winning streak.

“There’s something about the Cowboys,” Arizona wide receiver Andre Roberts, who had six catches for a career-high 111 yards receiving, said. “I don’t know.”

The loss was made more painful because Dallas probably should have won it, but the Cowboys called a timeout a heartbeat before Dan Bailey’s 49-yard field goal sailed through the uprights for what would have been the game-winner at the end of regulation.

“The play clock was running down. We just wanted to make sure that he had a real clean opportunity at it,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett explained. “It was at about 6 (seconds) and we were still getting settled in, so we banged a time out to give him the opportunity to get the snap, hold and kick as clean as possible.”

Bailey’s next try was short and to the left, sending the game to overtime.

“The first one, I felt like I hit it good. Obviously it went in,” Bailey said. “We called the timeout, but that is my job to regroup and make the next one. I didn’t do that. No excuses. I should have made it despite the circumstances.”

Bailey earlier missed a 53-yarder, snapping a streak of 26 in a row he had made, dating to Week 2.

“I was glad they iced their kicker so I didn’t have to,” said Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, whose team won at home in overtime for the second time this season.

Stephens-Howling, who stands just 5-foot-7, dodged a host of would-be Cowboys tacklers to scamper in with the game-winning score.

“It was supposed to be a screen, but the linemen couldn’t get out because the D-line was pressuring us,” he said. “I saw the end zone when I turned around, I knew I had to go, and we had a lot of guys downfield helping me.”

Kolb completed 16 of 25 passes for 247 yards in his first game in five weeks.

Arizona (5-7), which has won four of five, beat a team with a winning record for the first time this season.

More on Roberts: The second-year wideout had his only 100-yard game as a rookie last season against Dallas; 5-110-TD on Christmas.

Next: Sunday December 11 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 2:05 MT.


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