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Steelers vs. Cowboys score: Game tied at 17 after 3rd quarter

Pittsburgh is desperate for a win against the Cowboys after losing at home last Sunday.

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Steelers, Cowboys tied at 17 after three quarters

The Pittsburgh Steelers are tied with the Dallas Cowboys, 17-17, after three quarters of play at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday.

The teams went into halftime tied at 10-10 and remain tied after trading touchdowns in the third quarter. The Steelers responded quickly after Dallas took the lead on a Dez Bryant 24-yard touchdown catch with 6:03 remaining. Pittsburgh needed just 1:47 and three plays to go 60 yards and tie the game with a Jonathan Dwyer touchdown run from 1 yard out.

Both Ben Roethlisberger and Tony Romo have more than 240 yards passing in the game. Roethlisberger is 15 of 28 in the game for 243 yards and a touchdown. Romo has 268 yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-27 passing. DeMarco Murray has 76 yards on 12 carries for the Cowboys while the Steelers have 62 rushing yards as a team through three quarters.

The Steelers have the ball and were driving as the third quarter came to a close.

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Steelers, Cowboys tied at halftime, 10-10

The Pittsburgh Steelers are tied with the Dallas Cowboys, 10-10, at halftime on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.

The Cowboys scored the first 10 points of the game before a Shaun Suisham 32-yard field goal in the second quarter broke the ice for the Steelers. Dallas could have potentially had a lead at the half but running back DeMarco Murray lost a fumble in the Pittsburgh red zone late in the first quarter. Dallas got a 50-yard field goal from Dan Bailey and a 17-yard touchdown reception from Jason Witten through the first two quarters.

Ben Roethlisberger made the Cowboys pay late in the first half when he bought time and found Heath Miller for the tying score with 34 seconds remaining in the half. The 30-yard touchdown reception capped a seven-play, 73-yard drive. Pittsburgh had 124 yards for the half before the drive.

Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger was 13-for-25 in the first half for 163 yards and a touchdown. Dallas' Tony Romo was 12-of-17 for 158 yards and a touchdown. Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 62 yards on nine carries. The Steelers managed just 34 rushing yards on nine first-half carries. Miller led all receivers with 85 yards and a touchdown on six receptions.

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Steelers defense looks ragged in 1st quarter

The Steelers didn't have an easy first quarter, but they managed to escape with the Dallas Cowboys ahead only 3-0.

The Steelers took the ball to start the game, and it initially appeared that Emmanuel Sanders, whose recent fumble problems have been notorious, might have another one, but that was overturned on replay. Nonetheless, the Steelers didn't manage to score. (Special-teams man DeMarcus Van Dyke was injured on the punt; his return is doubtful.)

The Cowboys marched upfield on their first drive, and were finally stopped thanks in part to a challenge call by Mike Tomlin, who got Tony Romo's completion to Miles Austin reversed when it became clear that Austin didn't get both feet in. Dallas settled for a 50-yard field goal by Dan Bailey.

The Steelers were forced to punt in their next possession. When the Cowboys got the ball back, they charged downfield yet again, exploiting the Steelers' battered secondary (and particularly reserve cornerback Josh Victorian) by throwing to Austin over and over. (Austin finished the quarter with four catches for 56 yards.) But the drive ended abruptly when James Harrison forced a fumble by DeMarco Murray in the red zone. Overall, the Steelers finished the quarter down only three, but it looked like it might be a long day, especially for their defense.

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