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Cowboys vs. Bengals, Week 14: Dallas pass rush comes through at crucial moment

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.

John Grieshop

The Dallas Cowboys put together another fourth quarter comeback on Sunday, erasing a nine-point defecit and winning on a last-second field goal. Still coping with the death of team member Jerry Brown and the vehicular manslaughter arrest of defensive lineman Josh Brent, the team held fast through a rough game and took home the win.

A lot of attention will go to Tony Romo's successful final drive, and deservedly so. Over at SB Nation's Cowboys blog, Blogging the Boys, they have plenty to say about Romo, but they also draw attention to a key play that gave the Cowboys the opportunity to win that game:

Late in the fourth quarter, the Bengals faced a 3rd and 4 on their own 36. [Defensive lineman Anthony] Spencer came through the line and sacked Andy Dalton for a 10-yard loss. That sack forced the Bengals to punt the football and it gave Tony Romo a chance to drive the Cowboys down the field for the win. Spencer has really elevated his game to the next level. The Cowboys need to keep him in Dallas. Spencer finished the game with two sacks and 11 tackles.

Spencer has 8.5 sacks this season, a career-high for the sixth-year man. His two sacks against Cincinnati mark the third game this season with two sacks. Dallas has not had a significant pass rush this season, sitting in the bottom half of the league with 24 sacks in total, but Dallas fans were surely glad to see the quarterback taken down at such a key moment.

There are posts on the Cincinnati game and much more, so head over to Blogging the Boys and join the conversation.

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