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Trips to Phoenix have brought Cowboys stranger things lately

Jason Witten accidentally iced his own kicker by calling timeout moments before Dan Bailey made a 49-yard field goal that would have won the game in 2011. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

FRISCO, Texas -- If form holds Monday when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium, something weird will happen.

The Cowboys’ last three games -- all losses -- in Glendale, Arizona, have been decided in the final five seconds of regulation or overtime with strange situations.

Dec. 4, 2011: Cardinals 19, Cowboys 13, OT

This will be forever remembered as the time Jason Garrett iced his own kicker. Or so everybody remembers.

Tony Romo hit Dez Bryant for a 15-yard completion to the Arizona 31 with 31 seconds to play. Instead of using one of their two timeouts to get closer for Dan Bailey, the Cowboys let the clock run down to where Romo spiked the ball with seven seconds to play.

If that was not curious enough, Garrett called a timeout as Bailey was set to win the game with a 49-yarder. After the game, he said the play clock was running out and his team was not settled. Bailey made the first try, but his second try after the timeout was short and a little left, forcing overtime.

"I was glad they iced their kicker so I didn't have to,” then Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said after the game.

On the first possession of overtime, LaRod Stephens-Howling took a short pass from Kevin Kolb and weaved through the Dallas defense for a 52-yard touchdown to win the game.

Dec. 25, 2010: Cardinals 27, Cowboys 26

With Romo out for the year with a broken collarbone and Jon Kitna knocked out with a back injury, Stephen McGee led the Cowboys to the brink of victory with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin with 1:41 to play to take a 26-24 lead.

But then David Buehler missed the point after. And this came before the extra point was turned into a 33-yard field goal. This was the chippiest of chip shots and Buehler hit the left upright.

Facing fourth and 15 from the Arizona 19, the legendary John Skelton hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 26-yard gain to keep the drive going. A 19-yard completion to Max Komar put the ball at the Dallas 25 but the Cardinals were called for an illegal formation penalty pushing the ball back to the 30 with 10 seconds to play.

Jay Feely knocked home a 48-yard field goal to give the Cardinals the win because of a missed extra point.

Oct. 12, 2008: Cardinals 30, Cowboys 24, OT

Trailing by 10 with 2:17 to play at their own 30, Romo and Marion Barber connected on a 70-yard touchdown to cut the Arizona lead to 3 points. After the defense got a stop, Romo hit Jason Witten with a 30-yard gain that set up at 52-yard field goal by Nick Folk with no time left in regulation.

The Cowboys had all of the momentum in the world and won the coin toss in overtime to receive, and then it all changed.

On first down, Romo was sacked and suffered a broken left pinky. He missed on his next two throws, forcing a Mat McBriar punt but that punt would never get off.

Special teams’ ace Sean Morey blocked the punt, linebacker Monty Beisel picked it up at the Dallas 3 and scored the winning touchdown. It was the first time an NFL game ended in overtime on a blocked punt returned for a touchdown.

Romo missed the next three games with the Cowboys losing two of them. Internal strife tore that team apart at the end of the season and the 9-7 Cowboys missed the playoffs by a game.