KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Dallas Cowboys didn’t have any trouble marching deep into Kansas City territory. It was finishing drives with a touchdown that proved problematic.
That was especially true in the fourth quarter Sunday, when they had moved across midfield in search of the go-ahead score. Tony Romo was pressured into three straight misfires, and the Cowboys had to settle for Dan Bailey’s third field goal.
That got the Cowboys within 17-16 with 3:55 left, but their defense couldn’t get off the field quick enough. Morris Claiborne was called for pass interference on third down, allowing Kansas City to melt more time off the clock, and the Chiefs held on for the narrow victory.
“We had a good plan and did some things that gave us a chance to win this football game,” said Romo, who played with bruised ribs. “We put ourselves in position (to win), but we didn’t. Ultimately, that’s all that matters.”
Romo finished 30 of 42 for 298 yards. His favorite target was Dez Bryant, who had 100 yards receiving in the first quarter and finished with nine catches for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Still, the Cowboys (1-1) struggled to run the ball for the second straight week. DeMarco Murray had just 25 yards on 12 carries, and the team finished with 37 yards rushing.
“We haven’t run the ball well enough and we haven’t run it enough,” coach Jason Garrett said.
Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City (2-0), which didn’t commit a turnover for the second straight week — and against a Cowboys defense that forced six against the New York Giants. Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles each had a touchdown catch.
“When you’re trying to build something, you need to win games like this,” Smith said. “These are the games you look at in November and December. You need these types of wins, not only the caliber of the win but the style of win.”