Rank 'Em: Five plays that shaped Cowboys-Browns game

November 20, 2012

IRVING - There were 148 plays in the Cowboys' 23-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. They needed 17 points in one of the weirdest fourth quarters the Cowboys have played in a while. The game was lost, then it was won, then it was lost, then the Cowboys forced overtime before finally winning it.

Jean-Jacques Taylor lists his five plays that shaped the win, now we put you to task. Cast your vote below and tell us which play had the biggest impact on the Cowboys' triumph.

Five plays that shaped Cowboys-Browns game

Weeden incompletion

Weeden incompletion

Josh Cooper was wide open in the left flat against the Cowboys zone defense. All Weeden had to do was throw him a catchable pass and the Browns wouldve had a first down at the Dallas 15, at worst, and a chance to put the Cowboys in a two touchdown hole. Instead, he sailed a pass over Coopers head and the Browns settled for a field goal and a 10-0 lead.

Scandrick personal foul

Scandrick personal foul

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan needed a stop because the way Clevelands defense was playing, a touchdown mightve put the game out of reach. So he gambled and sent a blitz from the slot, something Orlando excels at doing. Scrandrick helped force an incompletion with his pressure, but he he hit Weeden on the head with his forearm resulting in yet another dumb penalty for this team. Given a first down, the Browns drove for a field goal.

Weeden sacked

Weeden sacked

A touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter wouldve eliminated what little running game the Cowboys had and made them one-dimensional. Dallas had to have a stop and on the biggest third down - at the time - of the game, DeMarcus Ware beat left tackle Joe Thomas off the snap and teamed with Jason Hatcher to sack Brandon Weeden and force a punt.

Sensabugh forces fumble

Sensabugh forces fumble

Trent Richardson had been running through Cowboys defenders all game, when he wasnt making them miss. So when he caught a pass in the flat and nothing but Sensabaugh standing between him and a first down, no one thought he wasnt going to get it. But Sensabaugh delivered a great hit, stopped Richardson in his tracks and forced a fumble that Cleveland recovered. The Browns punted and the Cowboys drove for the go-ahead touchdown.

Ogletree draws personal foul

Ogletree draws personal foul

Romo needed to move the Cowboys at least 50 yards to get Dan Bailey a 49-yard field goal attempt. He has not missed inside 50 yards this season. Romo threw a pass behind Ogletree, who was running an out pattern toward the right sideline. Ogletree turned back to catch the ball, and T.J. Ward drilled him in the chest with his shoulder and dislodged the ball. It was a violent hit, but perfectly legal based on NFL rules. Still, Ward was penalized for unnecessary roughness and the 15 yards kick-started the Cowboys drive.

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