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Cowboys vs. Bengals: Dallas moves above .500

Playing with a heavy heart, an injury-ravaged and battered Cowboys team pulled out an unlikely 20-19 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday.

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How did the Cowboys pull off a last-second win?

The Dallas Cowboys pulled off a last-second win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and that wouldn't have been possible without a late stop by the defense.

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Carr responds after emotional week

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr had an emotionally draining week, but managed to help lead the Cowboys to victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Claiborne among injured Cowboys

After an emotionally draining weekend, Sunday the Dallas Cowboys moved above .500 for the first time since Week 3 when they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to improve to 2-1.

Dallas' win came with a bit of a cost, however, as the Cowboys were hit with a few more injuries during their come-from-behind win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14.

Rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne suffered a lacerated lip in the third quarter, on a play that could have been much worse than the final outcome. Claiborne's helmet popped off after suffering an inadvertent helmet-to-helmet hit with his own teammate. Luckily, Claiborne left the fielder under his own power, and only has a lacerated lip to show for the ugly hit.

Once again, linebacker DeMarcus Ware injured his arm during the game, but did return to action, missing only a few plays before returning.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant sprained his finger on Sunday, but remained in the game -- and eventually caught a critical touchdown pass from Tony Romo.

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Cowboys vs. Bengals: An emotional win

Dallas pulled out a great come from behind win and honored Jerry Brown's memory with an emotional victory.

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Dallas Cowboys show support for Josh Brent

The Dallas Cowboys walked away with an emotional win on Sunday and vowed to support teammate Josh Brent.

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Bengals add 6 more, leading 19-10 after 3 quarters

After a scoreless third quarter, the Dallas Cowboys now trail the Bengals, 19-10. Cincinnati dominated the third quarter, controlling time of possession and keeping Dallas off the field as they added six points to their lead. Josh Brown drilled two field goals for the damage -- one a chip shot from just 25 yards out, and the other a 52-yarder that cleared the crossbar with ease.

While the Bengals may not have found the end zone, it was a rather tumultuous quarter for the Cowboys defense. Rob Ryan was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after losing his mind on an apparent holding penalty that was never called. Morris Claiborne was also taken to the locker room with a facial laceration after he was sandwiched between the Bengals Orson Charles and the Cowboys Danny McCray. Claiborne's head was crushed and his helmet went flying off, but after a call for the stretcher, he walked off the field under his own power and with a towel to his face.

The Dallas offense will have to get something going over the final 15 minutes to get back in it. They will open the quarter with the ball. Tony Romo is just 15 of 29 for 155 yards so far, and the only touchdown came as a result of prime field position from a turnover.

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DeMarco Murray puts Dallas in the end zone

The Dallas Cowboys closed the deficit against the Bengals in the second quarter and went into the locker room trailing, 13-10. Cincinnati scored on their first two possessions of the game, but the Cowboys pulled things even early in the second.

The touchdown was set up by a Cincinnati turnover, as Brandon Carr picked off Andy Dalton and returned it deep inside Bengals territory, setting up the offense at the 27-yard line. On the next play, Tony Romo hit Jason Witten over the middle and just like that, the Cowboys were on the doorstep. An initial touchdown pass from Romo to Miles Austin was overturned on review, but DeMarco Murray punched it in from one yard out on third down to make it 10-10.

The Bengals responded to that touchdown with a sustained seven-minute drive, but the Cowboys defense held them to three. Cincinnati drove it all the way to the 15-yard line until Rob Ryan's unit held up and forced the 33-yard Josh Brown field goal.

Trailing 13-10, the Cowboys will kick to the Bengals to start the second half.

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Bengals score on 1st 2 possessions, lead 10-3

After 15 minutes in Cincinnati, the Dallas Cowboys trail the Cincinnati Bengals, 10-3. Both teams opened the game by coming away with points on their opening possessions in a quick start on the Ohio River.

Tony Romo marched the Cowboys 60 yards in 12 plays on their opening drive, but the offense stalled out inside the 20 and Dallas had to settle for a Dan Bailey 37-yard field goal. The drive was a mix of Romo through the air and Felix Jones and DeMarco Murray on the ground, but the Cincy defense rose up in the red zone.

While Dallas came away with just three on their opening possession, the Bengals were sure to break the plane and get in for six. Andrew Hawkins, a journeyman slot receiver who has plenty of shake, came in motion and took a quick shovel pass from Andy Dalton. The speedy Hawkins went around right tackle, found a seam, and snuck in for eight-yard touchdown. The play capped a 70-yard drive that lasted less than two minutes, as the Bengals ripped through Rob Ryan's defense.

Cincinnati added three more on their next possession to push the lead to a touchdown. Romo finished the quarter six of nine for 51 yards, while Murray managed just 23 yards on seven carries.

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NFL Week 14 picks

John Paul Starkey makes his weekly NFL picks -- both straight up, and against the spread, as the NFL season reaches enters its final stretch.

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Cowboys injuries: NT Jay Ratliff out again

The Cowboys will be without starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff for the third straight game this season, and it will mark the seventh time this year he will be missing a game.

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Cowboys vs. Bengals: A tough challenge

Let's take a closer look at the matchup and analyze who the Cowboys will be facing and what they'll need to do to stay alive in the playoff race.

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DeMarco Murray back in Thursday's practice.

Charlie Peprah, Jay Ratliff and Orlando Scandrick also didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

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Cowboys RB Murray misses practice, expects to play

The Cowboys running back is expected to play after taking a day off on Wednesday for conditioning work.

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Cowboys No. 16 in Power Rankings

The Dallas Cowboys are right in the middle of the pack in the latest SB Nation NFL Power Rankings.

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