POSTED: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 6:58pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 5:13pm
Tom Brady lead the New England Patriots to the winning touchdown in the final minute of a 20-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Brady threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Aaron Hernandez with 22 seconds left and the Patriots' top-ranked offense overcame the Cowboys' stingy defense.
Dan Bailey's 26-yard field goal had broken a 13-13 tie with 5:13 left. Each team ran one series before the Patriots got the ball after a punt with 2:30 remaining. Brady then completed eight of nine passes for 78 yards on an 80-play drive capped by his pass to Hernandez in the middle of the end zone.
New England (5-1) won despite its first two lost fumbles of the season and Brady's two interceptions. He finished the game 27 of 41 for 289 yards with two touchdowns.
Dallas (2-3) ended a five-game road winning streak after a bye despite coming back from a 13-3 deficit midway through the second quarter. Tony Romo was 27 of 41 for 317 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Until the final drive, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was headed for his second straight strong game against the Patriots.
He held that job with Cleveland when the Browns beat the Patriots 34-14 last Nov. 7. Since then, the Patriots had scored at least 30 points in 13 consecutive games. That streak ended Sunday, but New England still won.