Magical finish eludes Tony Romo

BALTIMORE -- Oh, how the story would be different if Dan Bailey's 51-yard field goal try settled between the uprights in the final seconds Sunday.

Tony Romo would have been hailed the hero two weeks after he bore the brunt of the Cowboys' Monday Night Football loss to Chicago on Oct. 1, thanks to five interceptions.

If that kick does not float to the left, the talk is about Romo's fourth-quarter magic returning when the Cowboys needed it most against Baltimore, one of the AFC's best teams, in one of the toughest venues in the NFL.

That 18-play drive would have been the highlight of highlights, with him and Jason Witten doing what they do best in converting once on third down and twice on fourth-and-10. The talk would have centered on the Cowboys' -- and Romo's -- ability to overcome a third-and-27 on a drive that ended in a Dez Bryant touchdown.

Even Bryant's dropped two-point conversion would not have drawn much attention because the Cowboys recovered the ensuing onside kick and Romo had them in position to end Baltimore's 13-game home winning streak.

This was going to be like that game in Buffalo back in 2007 when Romo overcame five interceptions to deliver with two scoring drives in the final 3:45, including Nick Folk's 53-yard game winner.

But clock management issues arose again and the Cowboys let 15 seconds drift off the clock before calling a timeout with six seconds to play, forcing Bailey to connect from 51 yards.

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