NFL: Denver Broncos move to 5-0 after incredible victory over Dallas Cowboys
The Broncos maintained their perfect start to the NFL season after escaping with a 51-48 victory over the Cowboys.
By Alex Williams
Last Updated: 07/10/13 1:53am
Denver (5-0) continued to set offensive records, racking up the most points through five weeks in NFL history as Peyton Manning threw for 414 yards and four more scores.
But it was opposing signal-caller Tony Romo who almost stole the headlines as he compiled an an eye-watering 506 passing yards and five touchdowns before undoing his good work by tossing a fourth-quarter interception which ultimately decided the game.
Three Dallas players - Jason Witten, Terrance Williams and Dez Bryant - tallied over 100 receiving yards, the latter of those also catching two touchdowns.
Romo became the first Cowboy ever to throw for 500 yards in a single game, while the 99 points in the contest was tied for fourth in the NFL record books. There was only one punt in a clash which totalled 1,039 yards of offence.
Dallas (2-3) signalled their intentions right from the start as a red-hot Romo led them into a 14-0 lead, throwing a two-yard touchdown pass to Bryant before running back Demarco Murray finished off a 45-yard drive.
Denver's high-octane offence would not be contained for long though, Manning quickly getting into a groove and finding tight end Julius Thomas for a four-yard touchdown.
A Dan Bailey field goal then increased the Cowboys' lead but Denver turned the tables in clinical fashion as they reeled off 21 unanswered points in the second quarter.
Eric Decker and Thomas both caught scores from Manning before the four-time MVP ran one in himself after faking a handoff to Knowshon Moreno at the goal-line.
Another Bailey field goal made it 28-20 to the Broncos at half-time, but the visitors were soon stretching their advantage after the break as Wes Welker took in a short pass from Manning.
The Dallas offence sparked back into life when Williams took an 82-yard bomb from Romo to the house and Bryant caught his second score, with a Matt Prater field goal sandwiched in between for Denver.
Manning then blinked as he threw his first interception of the season, which came after a record 20 touchdown passes. A 10-yard score from Romo to Jason Witten and a two-point conversion later, Dallas were 41-38 ahead.
A three-pointer from Prater tied things up in the final quarter, but Romo then found Bryant for an incredible 79-yard catch and run, before a touchdown pass to Cole Beasly put Dallas seven up.
Manning was still able to march down the field and lead Moreno in for a rushing touchdown, with Romo blotting his immaculate copybook as he was picked off by Danny Trevathan deep in his own territory, allowing Prater to hit the winning kick as time expired.