Cowboys, Colts Advance to Divisional Round
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts have extended their seasons. The Cowboys did it with a late comeback against Detroit after the Colts shut out Cincinnati in the second half.
Tony Romo threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams with 2:32 remaining before theCowboys stopped the Lions on downs to earn a 24-20 comeback win over the Lions. Dallas trailed 14-0 in the second quarter and 20-7 in the third before earning the right to take on the Packers at Green Bay in the NFC divisional playoffs next Sunday.
Romo was 19 of 31 for 293 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Williams grabbed both of Romo's scoring tosses and finished with three receptions for 92 yards, including a 76-yard TD late in the first half.
DeMarco Murray added a one-yard TD run late in the third quarter to spark the Dallas comeback. He had 75 yards on 19 carries to help the Cowboys win a playoff game for the first time in five years.
The game changed on a reversed call on the field. Detroit was driving with a 20-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter when referee Pete Morelli announced a pass interference penalty against Anthony Hitchens on a third-down pass to Lions receiver Brandon Pettigrew. But officials reversed the call without explanation, and Sam Martin had a 10-yard punt after the Lions tried to draw Dallas offside on fourth-and-1
Matthew Stafford completed 28 of his 42 passes for 323 yards and an interception. He tossed a 51-yard pass to Golden Tate 3 ½ minutes into the game.
The Cowboys' victory came after Andrew Luck threw for 376 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 26-10 triumph over Cincinnati. Indy led 13-10 at halftime, but Luck changed the game by floating a perfect 36-yard TD pass to Donte Moncrief as Luck was falling down in the third quarter.
Daniel "Boom" Herron ran for another TD and Adam Vinatieri (vihn-uh-TEHR'-ee) hit four field goals for the Colts, who played solid defense in earning a meeting with the Broncos in an AFC division-round game at Denver next Sunday.
The Bengals failed to reach the end zone following Jeremy Hill's 1-yard TD run late in the first quarter. Andy Dalton was held in check most of the afternoon, completing 18 of 35 passes for just 155 yards. He also lost a fumble as the Bengals became the first team in NFL history to lose four consecutive opening-round playoff games.
A couple of playoff droughts continue. The Bengals haven't won a playoff game since Jan. 6, 1991 against Houston, going 0-7. The Lions are 0-8 since their last playoff victory on Jan. 5, 1992 versus Dallas.