ARLINGTON, Texas Brandon Carr found a way to silence thousands of Terrible Towel-waving Pittsburgh fans at Cowboys Stadium and send the Dallas crowd home happy.
The Cowboys cornerback intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass in overtime, returned it 36 yards to the 1, and Dan Bailey kicked a 21-yard field goal for a 27-24 win over the Steelers on Sunday.
Bailey's kick 1:24 into OT won a game for the second straight week since Dallas practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a one-car accident that led to manslaughter charges against teammate Josh Brent.
The win pulled the Cowboys (8-6) into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins with two games left in the season. Dallas has won five of its past six games.
"Those are the plays you dream about in the backyard, making the game-winning interception or touchdown," Carr said.
Carr, who said he anticipated Roethlisberger's throw to Mike Wallace because Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was his coach in Kansas City, made a diving catch and jumped up along the Pittsburgh sideline. Legions of black-and-gold clad fans on that side of the stadium watched as Carr ran it back and was stopped inches short of the goal line.
The winning kick came after Tony Romo, who broke the 25,000-yard passing milestone, took a knee to center the ball on the field. Bailey beat Cincinnati 20-19 last week with a 40-yarder as time expired, just a day after the accident that killed Brown.
The Steelers (7-7) lost for the fourth time in five games and trail AFC North rival Cincinnati by a game for the second wild-card spot. They host the Bengals next week.
Roethlisberger is 0-2 since returning from a three-game absence because of shoulder and rib injuries.
"There won't be any quit from us, especially from me," Roethlisberger said. "This one is going to sting real bad. It will hopefully make me and make us better."
Dallas played without six injured defensive starters, the latest being cornerback Morris Claiborne, a first-round draft pick. The rookie was sidelined after sustaining a concussion against the Bengals.
"I really can't explain it. It's something destined about this team," defensive end Jason Hatcher said. "You look back there, and you don't know nobody back there behind you."
The score was 24-24 in the final two minutes of regulation. Pittsburgh quickly moved to its 46 after a completion by Roethlisberger and a roughing-the-passer penalty against DeMarcus Ware. But Sean Lissemore and Anthony Spencer sacked Roethlisberger on consecutive plays.