Romo returns after injury to lead Cowboys over 49ers in OT, 27-24

At Candlestick Park, San Francisco

■ RECAP: Tony Romo rallied America’s Team while playing with a fractured rib.

In a week when Romo vowed to play his best game, he delivered a gutsy comeback that looked unlikely when he briefly came out from halftime and then returned to the locker room.

Just when the Cowboys announced the quarterback was done for the day, there came No. 9 ready to take charge of the huddle once again. Romo hit Jesse Holley on a 77-yard completion on Dallas’ first play of overtime that set up Dan Bailey’s winning 19-yard field goal, and Dallas pulled off a 27-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Bailey kicked a tying 48-yard field goal as time expired in regulation after missing an early 21-yard attempt. Miles Austin made three TD receptions among his nine catches for 143 yards, leaping over a defender and diving into the end zone to pull Dallas (1-1) within 24-21 with 6:55 to play. Austin later hurt his hamstring.

Romo completed 20 of 33 passes for 345 yards. Alex Smith threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns for the 49ers (1-1).

■ QUOTEABLE: “It’s got to be one of those things that will follow (Tony Romo) through his career. I know what it was here in the locker room at halftime. I know what he had to do to get back on the field. That was inspirational.”

— Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner

■ NEXT: Redskins at Cowboys, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26; 49ers at Bengals, 10 a.m. Sunday

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