Cowboys crumble late in Pittsburgh, fall 20-13

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Deshea Townsend scored on a 26-yard interception return with 1:40 remaining as the Pittsburgh Steelers scored their only two touchdowns 24 seconds apart to rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and deal the Dallas Cowboys a potentially damaging loss, winning 20-13 on Sunday.

Pittsburgh was stopped on a fourth-and-goal play at the Dallas 1 early in the fourth while falling behind 13-3, but came back to tie it at 13 on Ben Roethlisberger's 6-yard pass to Heath Miller with 2:04 remaining. Roethlisberger found Nate Washington three times for 51 yards on a 67-yard drive after the Cowboys (8-5) twice stalled on drives that, if they had scored, probably would have sealed it.

The Dallas loss secured the NFC East for New York (11-2), despite the Giants' 20-14 loss to Philadelphia earlier in the day.

The Steelers didn't wrap up an AFC playoff spot, but assured themselves of the AFC North lead going into next Sunday's game at Baltimore, which played Washington later Sunday night.

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