The Dallas Cowboys had their chances late, but a phantom pass interference call just before the two-minute warning robbed them of a final opportunity, as Kansas City escaped with a 17-16 victory Sunday at Arrowhead.
The Dallas defense came up big in the fourth quarter, holding the Chiefs to just 3 points off two late turnovers and forcing three straight 3-and-outs to hold the score at 17-14 with just under seven minutes to play.
Dallas got the ball back with just under seven minutes to play and the drive resulted in a 53-yard Dan Bailey field goal, his third of the game, closing the gap to 17-16 and giving the ball back to KC on their own 16-yard-line with 3:50 left on the clock.
Jamal Charles took over. Five carries for 38 yards put the Chiefs near mid-field facing 3rd-down-and-10 just before the two-minute warning. Morris Claiborne was called for pass interference on a Donnie Avery slant, effectively ending the game. Reply showed a clean coverage.
Charles finished the game with just 58 yards rushing; he got 47 of them on that final drive.
The Cowboys led at half 10-7 at half and went up 13-7 after receiving the second half kickoff. KC answered with a touchdown in its first possession of the second half.
Down 14-13, the Cowboys were driving late in the third quarter when change-of-pace back Lance Dunbar fumbled at the KC 47 and safety Eric Berry returned it to the Dallas 31. Three plays later, KC settled for a 40-yard field goal and a four-point lead.
In the next series, KC forced a sack-fumble on third down at the Dallas 31. Again the Dallas D stiffened, and a third-down sack by linebacker Bruce Carter pushed KC out of field goal range.
Dallas took over at their own 15. Bryant got behind coverage on second down and Romo hit him perfectly in stride down the right sideline, but the ball bounced off his hands. Two plays later they punted.
The loss puts Dallas at 1-1 for the third straight year under head coach Jason Garrett. Just two weeks into the young season, Kansas City matches its win total all of last year.
Bryant finished the game with 9 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown, nearly all of it coming in the first half of play. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith led all rushers with 57 yards, and the Cowboys were held to just 37 yards on the ground.