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September 19, 2011

Free saves the day for the Cowboys

Tony Romo saved the day. And Jesse Holley too. But Doug Free hasn't gotten credit for his part in making the Cowboys' 27-24 overtime victory happen.

Receiver Miles Austin already was gimpy with his hamstring injury when Jason Garrett called for Austin to take a running play on third-and-two from the 49ers 28 with 49 seconds to play in regulation. Austin further injured himself, and he fumbled. Free recovered the ball.

"I just couldn’t run," Austin said. "I went out there and [the injury] kind of just slowed me down. I fumbled the ball, too. I shouldn’t have done that. Maybe my knee was down. Maybe it wasn’t. But either way, I can’t do that."

Officials did rule it a fumble, and TV replays showed his knee was not down. So without Free, Romo and Holley wouldn't have starred.

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFL_Charean

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