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Two Big Plays Doom Chiefs in 26-20 Loss to the Cowboys

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Two big plays.  That's really what this game came down to.  Unfortunately, both those plays came from the Dallas Cowboys offense.

With the Kansas City Chiefs trying to hold off for overtime, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hit understudy Miles Austin for a 59 yard touchdown.  Austin was streaking across the middle of the field, and a missed tackle by a Chiefs defender allowed him to streak all the way to the end zone.

The Chiefs offense brought the team back with a touchdown drive that resulted in a sixteen yard touchdown reception by Dwayne Bowe.  The stadium was rockin' and momentum was clearly on the Chiefs side heading into overtime.

"Anytime a team makes plays, the momentum shifts," Chiefs S Jarrad Page said in the locker room after the game.  "We scored the touchdown at the end and I thought we had the momentum at the end going into overtime.  Things happen in the game where momentum shifts."

Things happen indeed.  On the Cowboys second possession in overtime, one of those momentum shifters happened. Todd Haley was asked about Austin's second 50+ yard touchdown reception, which was the game winner.

"I've got to take my hat off to him," Haley said of Austin.  The Chiefs coach was in Dallas when the Cowboys acquired him.  "He's been working, trying to find his way.  He made a couple of huge plays, probably the biggest of his career."

I can say, pretty confidently, that Miles Austin will never have a game like he did today.  On Romo's 34 attempts, Austin was the target on 15 of them.  He caught 10, for 250 yards and two touchdowns.  119 of those yards came on two touchdown receptions.

"You just work hard the whole game," Chiefs DE Glenn Dorsey said, "then at the end to have it happen the way it happened, that's what hurts the most."

"Well, I was right behind him," Chiefs S Jon McGraw began when asked about the Austin touchdown, "So I was running as fast as I could. He's got some wheels so...crushed.  To be that close..."

Before the game, Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips told Austin that he'll have to step it up with Roy Williams out of the line up.

"We told him 'Hey, you have to come through," Phillips told the media after the game.  "This is your time, you wanted the opportunity and you worked hard for it,'  You know he has been working hard in practice and he hadn't been getting the ball a whole lot.  When he was in there as the third wide receiver we told him if he was going to be a starter that he needed to come through.  He said, 'I will coach,' and he certainly did."

Two big plays.