The Cowboys amassed 481 yards against a crippled Ravens D, but it was not enough, as a Dan Bailey miss wide left cost the Cowboys a win in Baltimore.
Dallas held the ball for more than 40 minutes, putting up 227 yards rushing, the most against the Ravens since the franchise arrived in Baltimore in 1996 – in the end it was still just another shallow loss for a team that has underachieved since an opening night win over the Giants.
After Dez Bryant scored on a 4-yard pass from Tony Romo with 32 seconds left to make it 31-29, the 2-point conversion pass zipped through the arms of the diving Bryant in the front left corner of the end zone.
The Cowboys recovered the onside kick, but Dan Bailey was wide left on a 51-yard field goal try with :06 remaining.
”I felt we fought really hard and well through a lot of different adversities in all three phases,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. ”(The Ravens) have been awfully good for a while. This team’s been awfully good in this place for a while. We gave them everything they could handle.”
Tony Romo threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns to Bryant on 25-of-36 efficiency but was intercepted once for the Cowboys (2-3), who came off a bye to drop their second in a row.
Bryant led all receivers with 13 receptions and totaled 95 yards, but could not haul in a game-tying two-point conversion pass inside a minute left in regulation.
DeMarco Murray added 93 yards on 14 carries and Felix Jones crossed the goal line once while posting 92 yards on 18 totes.
After Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones took back a kick 108 yards for a touchdown, the Cowboys launched an 80-yard march that ate up more than eight minutes. Romo connected with Bryant for 13 yards on a third-and-11 before throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Bryant to make it 24-20.
Dallas followed with two strong defensive series, and a short punt by Baltimore preceded a 21-yard drive to a field goal by Bailey.
Joe Flacco then directed a 10-play, 73-yard march. A 31-yard completion to Anquan Boldin moved the ball to the Dallas 4, and Ray Rice scored from the 1 to provide the Ravens an eight-point cushion.
The Cowboys rallied, but could not complete the comeback.
”At the end of the day, we’ve got to finish the game and we have to win the game,” Garrett said. ”We didn’t do that.”