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Cowboys win in dramatic fashion

Greg Beacham Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — In a rivalry with this much history, it was only fitting for Keyshawn Johnson to borrow a move from a former great to score the dramatic winning touchdown.

Johnson caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Drew Bledsoe with 1:51 to play, and the Cowboys rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 34-31 victory over San Francisco on Sunday.

Johnson’s score capped a precise 76-yard scoring drive by the Cowboys (2-1), who fell behind early but rallied late in their third straight nail-biting game of the season.

Johnson said the play was a “speed-out.”

“I think it’s taken out of Jerry Rice back in the day,” he said.

Bledsoe was 24-of-38 for 363 yards, passing Joe Montana for eighth place on the NFL’s career yards passing list with his first 300-yard game since Sept. 14, 2003. Terry Glenn had 137 yards receiving and Julius Jones rushed for two scores for the Cowboys.

Coach Mike Nolan was enraged by his first home defeat.

“It’s unacceptable to lose that game,” Nolan said. “They ought to feel the same way. It’s unacceptable. We’re not a 2-14 football team. When you all of a sudden think that you’re a 2-14 football team, that’s an OK performance.”

Nolan also criticized unnamed players for a lack of “trust” in the game plan and their teammates, intimating that personnel changes could come soon.

“When you call a play, you can do what you’re supposed to do on that play, or you can think you know better and try to do what you want,” he said. “One is called trust, one is called distrust. … The ones that trust, and who I believe are champions, will remain here.”

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