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Tony Romo lifts Dallas Cowboys to emotional road win in Cincy

It's tough to win on the road, it's even more impressive if it's done in the extenuating circumstances that faced the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14.


Greatest on the road ...

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

For the second consecutive week, tragedy struck an NFL team the day before a game. This time it was the Cowboys, who had a teammate killed in a one-car accident with another teammate behind the wheel.

The Cowboys traveled to Paul Brown Stadium with heavy hearts for a crucial tilt against another team striving to make the exclusive postseason field, the Cincinnati Bengals. With the Cowboys trailing by nine points with less than seven minutes remaining, it appeared their playoff aspirations would suffer a major blow. Instead, Romo helped guide his team on two scoring drives, including the final one that concluded with Dan Bailey's successful 40-yard field goal attempt as time expired that provided Dallas with a 20-19 win.

The Cowboys have now won four of their last five games, but the win in Cincinnati was the team's first against a team that entered the game with a winning record. For Romo, this was his 17th career fourth-quarter comeback win and fourth this season.

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Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Foles earned his first win as a starter in epic fashion, with a last-second game-winning touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin that ended the Eagles' longest losing streak in 42 years.

The Eagles' 23-21 victory in Tampa could have damaging consequences for a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team lingering on the fringes of the NFC playoff race. Philadelphia had been hanging out in the ether of ineptitude for much of the season, entering Sunday with the unfriendly knowledge that baseball's Philadelphia Phillies had won a game more recently.

Foles was brilliant in helping end the Eagles' eight-game slide, throwing for a career-high 381 yards and experiencing his first multiple touchdown pass game as a professional (he had two, and both came in the contest's final four minutes). For good measure, Foles also scored a rushing touchdown.


Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

Rivers threw three touchdown passes as the Chargers shocked the Pittsburgh Steelers -- who were celebrating Ben Roethlisberger's return to the starting lineup -- at Heinz Field. The emphatic 34-24 win added to a season of frustration for the Steelers, who are struggling to stick with the AFC contenders despite losses to the Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and now the Chargers.

Rivers' Chargers won a regular-season game for the first time in Pittsburgh, after going 0-14 in such games entering Sunday. The franchise's only win in Pittsburgh was also arguably its most glorious, a 17-13 win in the 1994 AFC Championship Game.

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