By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tony Romo scrambled in the back of the end zone before improvising to throw his first pass in two months — left-handed for a quick achieve.
He did even much better appropriate-handed.
Romo pulled off his most current comeback victory Sunday, returning from a collarbone injury to throw for two scores, and the Dallas Cowboys won for the 1st time given that he was hurt in Week 2, beating the Miami Dolphins 24-14.
The Cowboys (three-7) snapped a seven-game losing streak, their longest in a single season given that 1989. They play host to undefeated Carolina on Thanksgiving.
“Winning,” Romo mentioned, “is going to put a little far more pep in everyone’s step.”
Romo went 18 for 28 for 227 yards and overcame two interceptions by throwing touchdown passes of 31 yards to Terrance Williams and 16 yards to Dez Bryant.
“I got far more comfy as the game went on,” Romo mentioned.
Dallas’ dominating defense added to his comfort level, beginning when linebacker Rolando McClain scored the game’s very first points and his 1st career touchdown on a 12-yard interception return. He stepped in front of a pass by Ryan Tannehill intended for Greg Jennings.
One more day of sputtering offense for the Dolphins (four-six) increased the likelihood they will miss the playoffs for the seventh year in a row.
Romo looked rusty at instances, and heavy rain and gusty wind early in the game didn’t assist.
“That’s the way it is supposed to be,” Romo stated. “That is why it’s the NFL. You nearly take it as a challenge, and it tends to make it almost far more enjoyable.”
The Cowboys’ 1st scoring threat ended when he was blitzed and his pass was intercepted by Brent Grimes. A frustrated Romo yelled at intended receiver Bryant as they headed for the bench.
“I adore that kid,” Romo said.
Romo soon settled down and showed his characteristic creativity. The left-handed desperation lob allowed him to avoid a safety on the Cowboys’ opening possession.
“I didn’t envision right after my two-month layoff coming back with a left-hander,” he stated. “I did practice that about seven or eight years ago, so I was ready for it.”
“It gave me a shiver,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones mentioned, “and I know it inspired the team.”
As anticipated, Romo sparked a team tied for next to last in the NFL in points. Given that Week two of 2014, the Cowboys are 16-three when he starts and -8 when he does not.
“He’s a damned good player,” coach Jason Garrett mentioned. “He has been for a extended time.”
Darren McFadden supplied offensive balance by rushing for 129 yards. Robert Turbin, who joined the Cowboys on Wednesday, added 35 yards on seven carries against a team ranked subsequent-to-final in run defense.
“We’ve got to cease the run,” Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. “We didn’t do a great enough job in that region. That’s pretty significantly as basic as it gets.”
The Dolphins had the ball for only 21 minutes and went 1 for ten on third-down conversions. Their loss reduced the chances interim coach Dan Campbell will be back next year.
“I want to keep Dan about,” Tannehill stated. “He does a fantastic job. He’s thrilling. Absolutely everyone in our locker space believes in him. But as players we’ve got to go out and do a better job.”
The game matched a pair of final-location teams and looked it at instances. Dallas committed ten penalties and Miami nine.
A dance celebration by Bryant and Williams following a score prompted an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that helped Miami score a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half.
But Bryant beat a linebacker and a security for the touchdown that put the Cowboys ahead to stay, 21-14, on the very first play of the fourth quarter.
“We looked like our old selves in a lot of approaches,” tight end Jason Witten mentioned.
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