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December 09, 2012

DeMarco Murray's numbers don't look great, but he gets it done when it matters

The numbers don’t look like much: DeMarco Murray had 21 carries for 53 yards – a 2.5 yards per carry average – and one touchdown.

But Murray had eight touches for 32 yards on the Cowboys’ game-winning, 13-play, 50-yard drive.

“He’s a good player,” Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said of Murray. “…You have a guy who can win one-on-one matchups in different avenues, whether it’s in the run game or the pass game. He definitely helped us today.”

Murray’s biggest contribution came on third-and-five from the Cincinnati 30, with the Bengals out of timeouts and the clock running. If Dallas hadn’t gained another yard, Dan Bailey’s field-goal attempt would have been from 48 yards, and the Bengals would have gotten the ball back.

Instead, Murray got 6 yards on a run around right end, allowing the Cowboys to run down the clock before Bailey made his 40-yard attempt on the game’s final play.

"I was just trying to get the first down," Murray said. "There was good blocking. ...I felt if I could get a little closer, Dan [Bailey] was going to put it through for us. And that’s what happened."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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Look everybody... Both Bryant AND Murray are Flaming Studs!!! Accept this and we can develop a classy team around these types of young stallions. Murray has done this before e.g Miami Holiday game when he greatly helped the Field Goal Kicker by late 4th quarter strong runs for first downs. The problem over time has been the INEPT PLAY CALLING POOR COACHING AND A WEAK POROUS OL. If these issues are ever dealt with satisfactorily then this is a class football team. Period!!!

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