PITTSBURGH — Deshea Townsend scored on a 25-yard interception return with 1:40 left as the Pittsburgh Steelers scored their only two touchdowns 24 seconds apart to deal the Dallas Cowboys a potentially damaging loss, 20-13.
Pittsburgh was stopped on fourth-and-goal at the Dallas one early in the fourth while falling behind 13-3, but came back to tie it at 13 on Ben Roethlisberger's six-yard pass to Heath Miller with 2:04 left. The Cowboys (8-5) twice stalled on drives that, if they had scored, probably would have sealed it.
The loss secured the NFC East for New York (11-2), despite the Giants' 20-14 loss to Philadelphia earlier in the day.
The Steelers (10-3) didn't wrap up an AFC playoff spot, but they did end Dallas' three-game winning streak. The Cowboys are 17-29 in December since 1996.
Quoteworthy: "I said the best defense would win the game, and they won the game." -- Bradie James, Cowboys linebacker