Dallas (AFP) - Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal to lift the Denver
Broncos to a 51-48 win over the Dallas Cowboys in a shootout at Cowboys Stadium
Peyton Manning's Broncos improved to 5-0 on the season, becoming one of three
undefeated teams left in the National Football League regular season.
Manning posted his second 400-yard game of the season, leading the Broncos to
their 16th straight regular season win and eighth consecutive on the road.
"We talked about at halftime that we needed to keep scoring," Manning said.
"We kept scoring and we had the huge defensive play at the end."
Denver tied the game on a one-yard touchdown run from Knowshon Moreno with
2:39 remaining, and Dallas got the ball back at their own 20 with all three
timeouts. The Cowboys fell to 2-3.
But then Dallas quarterback Tony Romo threw an interception to Danny
Trevathan and Denver got the ball back at Dallas' 24 yard line.
After a 13-yard catch by Demaryius Thomas that took the ball to the Dallas
11, Denver faced a third-and-one at the two and Moreno's one-yard run gave the
Broncos a fresh set of downs.
Quarterback Manning then ran the clock down to two seconds before calling a
timeout, setting the stage for Prater's heroic 28-yard field goal in front of a
crowd of 92,758.
With the win Denver joins the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints
as the lone undefeated teams in the league.
The Broncos face the winless Jacksonville Jaguars at home next week.
The 37-year-old Manning finished the game 33-for-42 for 414 yards and four
touchdowns, but also threw his first interception of the season. He added a
rushing touchdown, his first in almost five years.
"It was a bad decision," Manning said of the interception. "I thought I might
be able to get one in there but didn't make a good throw."
Moreno finished with a total of 150 yards and a touchdown for Denver, which
scored 230 points through its first five games this season. Julius Thomas caught
nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns and Eric Decker had five catches
for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Romo went toe-to-toe with Manning through much of the game, throwing for 506
yards and five touchdowns on 25-of-36 attempts. But his interception late in the
game turned out to be costly for the Cowboys.