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Added October 17th, 2011 by Chalk

Brady, Patriots Top Cowboys With Last-Minute Touchdown

The Dallas Cowboys contained Tom Brady and the Patriots for almost the entire game on Sunday, but had no answers as Brady led his team on an 80-yard drive in the game’s final minutes. The finishing touch was an 8-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez with 22 seconds left that gave the Patriots a hard-fought 20-16 home win over Tony Romo and the Cowboys.

Brady finished the game 27-for-41 for only 289 passing yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The game-winning drive took only two minutes and nine seconds, and the Cowboys only forced one third down — a very manageable 3rd & 1. That wasn’t going to get it done against Brady, and the Cowboys knew it.

They kept rolling on us, and we kept putting them in manageable situations, and that’s where [Brady]’s great,” said Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee. “At some point, you’re going to have to make a play. You’re going to have to get to the quarterback. You’re going to have to get a tipped ball. You’re going to have to put him in third-and-long, second-and-long situations, and we didn’t do that.”

Brady’s teammates were also impressed as the Patriots quarterback completed his 32nd fourth-quarter comeback win of his illustrious career. “He’s probably one of the toughest competitors I’ve ever seen, especially from a quarterback standpoint,” said Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. “There was plenty of time for our offense.”

While the Patriots are 4-1 and in first place in the AFC East, the Cowboys are now 2-3 and in third place in the NFC East. All three Dallas losses came by a total of 10 points, with the Cowboys blowing a fourth-quarter lead in all of them. This week was a slight improvement as they only blew a three-point lead (their first lead of the game came with 5:13 left).

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