GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dallas Cowboys have had some cold losses in the desert. But Sunday's loss was ice-cold.
With a chance to take a two-game lead over the Giants in the NFC East, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had a major meltdown. He essentially froze his own kicker by calling a timeout just before Dan Bailey's 49-yard field goal sailed through the uprights at the end of regulation. Bailey's next try was short and to the left, sending the game to overtime, where the Cardinals used a quick strike for a 19-13 win.
Garrett's explanation for the timeout: "The play clock was running down. We just wanted to make sure that he had a real clean opportunity at it. It was at about six [seconds] and we were still getting settled in, so we banged a timeout to give him the opportunity to get the snap, hold and kick as clean as possible."
Bailey's take: "The first one, I felt like I hit it good. Obviously, it went in. We called the timeout, but that is my job to regroup and make the next one. I didn't do that. No excuses. I should have made it despite the circumstances."
Ouch! That's cold!
In overtime, the Cardinals won the toss and got the ball for the first and only possession of the extra session. LaRod Stephens-Howling caught a short pass from Kevin Kolb and zipped 52 yards for a touchdown, snapping the Cowboys' winning streak at four games.
It marked the third time since 2008 that the Cowboys have lost in Arizona in heartbreaking fashion. Last Christmas, Arizona beat Dallas, 27-26, on Jay Feely's 48-yard field goal with five seconds to play. In 2008, the Cardinals won in OT, 30-24, on a blocked punt.
Stephens-Howling dodged a host of would-be Cowboys tacklers to scamper in with the score. Kolb completed 16 of 25 passes for 247 yards in his first game in five weeks. Tony Romo was 28-for-42 for 299 yards. Bailey, who also missed a 53-yarder, came in with one miss all season. The miss snapped his streak of made field goals, dating to Week 2, at 26 straight.
Arizona (5-7), which has won four of five, beat a team with a winning record for the first time this season. The Cowboys (7-5) remained alone in first in the NFC East, one game ahead of the Giants (6-6), whom they play next Sunday in Texas.
Arizona tied it at 13 in the fourth as Kolb directed a quick six-play, 79-yard drive capped by Beanie Wells' TD run.