Twenty seconds, nine points.

The Dallas newspapers are rolling out the "Folk hero" headlines after Cowboys kicker Nick Folk kicked a 53-yard field goal (twice) at the buzzer to give his team the only lead it had all night and steal a game from the underdog Buffalo Bills, 25-24.

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If you didn't stay up to watch, and I just barely did, nodding off between the final TD and the last-second field goal, the Bills led all the way as the Cowboys were Salvation Army-generous, giving the ball away six times. Five on interceptions by Tony Romo. But Romo just kept throwing downfield and hit WR Patrick Crayton with a four-yard TD with 20 seconds left to pull the 'Boys to within two points. The two-point conversion fizzled when Terrell Owens was stripped of the ball, though.

Dallas pulled off a successful onside kick (while I zoned out for a second) and after two pass attempts (and I woke up), Folk lined up for the long three-pointer. He had to do it twice because Buffalo coach Dick Jauron called one of those last-second timeouts that have become so unfashionably commonplace. Dallas is 5-0 and plays undefeated New England next week. The ending spoiled what had been a fairly admirable outing by Bills rookie QB Trent Edwards until he threw a red-zone interception late the game when a field goal probably would have clinched it for Buffalo.

And for Romo -- whose career has been a high-wire act of derring-do and derring don't -- it'll only enhance his budding legend. Already, he's a cartoon punch line.

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