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Cowboys find another strange way to lose in desert

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Look on the bright side, Cowboys fans. At least the quarterback didn’t break his pinky finger and the punter didn’t break his foot.

That’s what happened the last time the Cowboys went to overtime at University of Phoenix Stadium, where the Cowboys consistently find strange ways to lose.

The Cowboys won here in the stadium’s opening season. They’re 0-3 in Arizona since then, and there have been some strange circumstances for each loss.

In 2008, the Cowboys paid a hefty price after rallying to force overtime. Tony Romo broke his right pinky finger on the opening possession of the extra period, a three-and-out series, and missed the next three games. Mat McBriar’s punt was the last of the season. His foot was broken when Arizona’s Sean Morey hit McBriar after blocking the punt, which Monty Beisel recovered for the game-winning score.

The Cowboys’ 2010 Christmas was ruined when they blew a late lead to the Cardinals, who won when rookie quarterback John Skelton engineered a last-minute drive that ended with a 48-yard field goal. That should have just tied the score, but David Buehler missed an extra point after Stephen McGee’s touchdown pass to Miles Austin minutes earlier.

Add this game – and the Jason Garrett’s clock-management crisis at the end of regulation – to the list of crazy Cowboys losses at the Cardinals’ stadium.