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Cowboys Rely On Big Plays In Second Half To Survive Vikings

mb-v-vikings.jpgAfter dominating the first half in terms of yardage and time-of-possession, the Cowboys got two big defensive plays in the second half Sunday afternoon to defeat the Vikings 24-14.  Even though Tony Romo was 24 of 27 for 247 yards with 1 TD as Dallas scored their first touchdown in the first quarter of a game all year, they went into the locker room at halftime down 14-7.

After giving up two turnovers in the first half, one by Romo and one by Patrick Crayton, the second being returned for a touchdown, the Cowboys got two big turnovers of their own to take the lead and ultimately win the game.  The biggest play of the game came as a  result of two Minnesota mistakes in the third quarter.  After driving the ball deep into Dallas territory for what would have been a lead-changing field goal try, the Vikings were forced to call their second timeout of the half as they didn’t have enough men on the field.  On the subsequent kick, Dallas’ Chris Canty blocked the try and S Patrick Watkins caught the ball in mid-air after a big bounce off the artificial turf and returned it 68-yards for a touchdown giving the Cowboys a 21-14 lead instead.  Then, Texas-bred RB Adrian Peterson, who had scored on a 20-yard run in the first quarter for Minnesota to tie the game, fumbled giving the Cowboys great field position deep in Vikings’ territory.  They would only get a 45-yard FG from Nick Folk but would hold on to win the game thanks to tough play from their defense.

Although not a blow-out win by any means, the Cowboys once again demonstrated terrific team play to preserve the victory.  Both the defense and special teams came up with big plays and the offense, after Romo came up a little lame chasing Cedric Griffin after his fumble in the first quarter, managed to control the clock with the running game in the fourth quarter.  Marion Barber rushed for 57 of his total 81-yards in the last drive to effectively end the game. 

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One Response to “Cowboys Rely On Big Plays In Second Half To Survive Vikings”

  1. sacpd says:

    my 2 cents:

    1. the ‘W’ was big – Romo leaving game healthy was huge
    2. gr8 patience by Romo & the gang with the dink & dunk offense, which will give D-coordinators another thing to think about
    3. was that a Bobby Carpenter sighting…gr8 block to spring Watkins on that return
    4. we improved on penalties yet bobbled the snap on turnovers (Columbo = sack & Crayton’s fumble)
    5. i lobby for Hatcher to play more
    6. i lobby for Spears to play less
    7. whats up with Tyson Thompson – hello, paging Miles Austin
    8. thank u Mr. Greg Ellis – u da man
    9. thank u Mr. Owens – i think u’ve seen the light
    10. thank u Mr. Jerry Jones for ur committment to winning
    11. oh, u da man to Mr. Whitten, and Mr. Ware, and Mr. Barber…
    12. and finally, is Texas STadium ever going to intimidate visting teams – when there’s very little energy coming from the stands….pick it up Cowboy fans…

    love the silver & blue

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