4:15 PM ET, December 7, 2008
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
PITTSBURGH -- Tony Romo was one play into what he expected to be a game-winning scoring drive and, with Dallas trying to preserve time late in the fourth quarter, couldn't believe it when Pittsburgh called time out.
• Pittsburgh stormed back from a 13-3 fourth-quarter deficit and scored 17 unanswered in the final 7:15 of the fourth to give Mike Tomlin his second straight 10-win season.
• DeShea Townsend's 25-yard interception return for a TD with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter was the difference. It was Townsend's third career interception return for a TD, and his first since 2004.
• Tony Romo completed just 19-of-36 passes for 210 yards, a TD and three interceptions in suffering just his second loss in eight career starts vs. the AFC.
• Terrell Owens caught his 140th career TD reception, and trails Marcus Allen by five for fourth place on the all-time NFL TD list.
-- ESPN research
Pittsburgh held Dallas to just 289 total yards on Sunday, marking the 13th straight game the Steelers defense has held an opponent under 300 yards in a contest. The streak is now the second-longest to start a season since the merger. Here's a look at the list:
Mike Tomlin is the first coach in Steelers history to win at least 10 games in each of his first two seasons. ... ... James Harrison's 15th sack tied Mike Merriweather's 1984 single-season Steelers record. ... DeMarcus Ware got his 16th for Dallas, but lost his NFL lead when Joey Porter's two sacks for Miami against Buffalo gave him 16½. ... Romo had only one interception in his previous three games. ... Pittsburgh finished 2-2 against the NFC East, losing to the Giants and Eagles.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.4||3.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||02:40||Jeff Reed 24 Yd||0||3|
|FG||00:00||Nick Folk 44 Yd||3||3|
|TD||09:36||Terrell Owens 12 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick)||10||3|
|FG||03:32||Nick Folk 33 Yd||13||3|
|FG||07:15||Jeff Reed 41 Yd||13||6|
|TD||02:04||Heath Miller 6 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||13||13|
|TD||01:40||Deshea Townsend 25 Yd Interception Return (Jeff Reed Kick)||13||20|