GLENDALE, Ariz. - Jay Feely's 48-yard field goal barely cleared the crossbar with five seconds to go to thwart a big Dallas rally and give the Arizona Cardinals a 27-26 victory over the Cowboys on Saturday night.
Dallas (5-10) rallied from 18 points down to take a 26-24 lead when Stephen McGee, in his first NFL game, threw 45 yards to Miles Austin for a touchdown with 1 minute, 46 seconds to play. But David Buehler's extra point went wide left and was no good.
Arizona (5-10) was in deep trouble after the kickoff, but rookie John Skelton, on fourth and 15 from the Cardinals 19, threw 26 yards to fellow rookie Max Komar. Then the Cardinals slipped into Feely's range. Feely, who had a 49-yarder earlier, has missed three kicks all season, including a 49-yard attempt Saturday night.
Dallas fell behind by 14-0 when quarterback Jon Kitna had interceptions returned for touchdowns on the Cowboys' first two possessions.
On a wild Christmas night under clear skies, with at least half the capacity crowd cheering for Dallas, the Cardinals took a 21-3 lead. Skelton, in his third NFL start, connected with wide-open rookie Andre Roberts on a 74-yard play for the young quarterback's first NFL touchdown pass.
Kitna, the starter since Tony Romo went down with a broken collarbone, got Dallas in the end zone before halftime. The 38-year-old quarterback scrambled 7 yards up the middle to the Arizona 2-yard line, and on fourth down threw to Jason Witten for the score. He left the field and immediately went to the locker room with a hip injury and didn't play again, watching from the sideline.
The Cowboys dominated the third quarter, holding Arizona to 23 yards and no first downs, outscoring the Cardinals, 10-0, to cut the lead to 21-20.