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Cowboys Blow Lead But Win It In OT In Kansas City, 26-20.

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Dallas’ defense again failed to hold a team operating their two-minute drill and allowed the winless Chiefs to tie the game with just :24 seconds remaining with a 16-yard Matt Cassell to Dwayne Bowe pass.    After gaining the lead on a Miles Austin 59-yard touchdown catch and run with only 2:26 left in the game, the Chiefs managed to drive 75-yards in just over two-minutes to paydirt and tie the game at 20-20.   The Cowboys would run out the clock to get into overtime.

Kansas City would win the toss and get the first possession in overtime, but due to a holding call would be forced to punt.  Dallas failed to convert on a 3rd-and-nine on their first possession and would punt also.  Romo missed a wide-open Jason Witten down the seam on second-down and wouldn’t have anywhere to go on the next down.  The Chiefs next drive would start at their own 49-yard line in great field postition but they would again go three-and-out and punt it back. 

 On their next possession and after a Tashard Choice 24-yard run getting the Cowboys to the 50-yard line, Flozell Adams would get called for holding making it second-and-fifteen.  The next play Romo would connect with his favorite receiver for the day, Miles Austin, on a out pass and he would break the tackle of the defender to go the distance for the game winning 60-yard touchdown, 26-20.   His teammates absolutely mobbed him in the endzone following the play!  He would end the day with 10-catches, a record 250-yards receiving and two touchdowns.  I guess we won’t mention the three passes he dropped earlier in the day that would have been TD’s also as he more than made up for the previous errors.

Dallas heads into their bye week with a hard fought 3-2 record and lots of work to do.  This game shouldn’t have been as close as it was if not for the many Dallas miscues, especially early in the game.  Overall they committed 13-penalties for 90-yards with two turnovers.  This allowed Kansas City to take a 10-3 halftime advantage even though they mounted very little offense in the first half.  Patrick Crayton muffed a punt and Romo had yet another fumble in the first half that led to the Chiefs’ 10 points.

The Cowboys would play better in the second half after falling behind 13-3 following a Chiefs’ field goal on their first possession of the second half that was greatly assisted by 4 offsides penalties against the Dallas defense on the one drive alone.  They would get another of these in the fourth quarter for a total of five in the game against the defense, mainly for lining up in the neutral zone.  One really bad call was a personal foul against CB Alan Ball in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs were facing a 3rd-and-26 from their own 10-yard line.  The ball wasn’t going to be caught by Chief receiver, Wade,  but Ball made a hard hit with his shoulder that barely caught the receiver in the helmet and he was flagged for helmet-to-helmet unnecessary roughness against a defenseless receiver.  This was a bad call as it was clear on the replay that Ball led with his shoulder and hit Wade in the chest and then there was only minor incidental contact to his helmet as he went down to the ground. 

Dallas  is still committing way to many mistakes and need to address these in the bye week.  Again, as I  have said too many times over the last several years, penalties and mental mistakes are to0 rampant on this team.  If the Cowboys would have lost today, they would have been at a terrible disadvantage for the division and any hopes of this season’s playoffs.  As it is, they are in critical condition at 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the division. 

Wade Phillips has control over the defense this year and so far there has been little sign of improvement from last year’s meltdowns where teams seemed to effortlessly march down the field late in the fourth quarter to either win or tie the game.  The defense played well overall and DeMarcus Ware got his first sack of the year, and ended with two out of the four sacks on the day for the defense.  NT Jay Ratliff had a great game as well blocking a 53-yard field goal try by the Chiefs late in the game that would have ended a 13-13 tie.    LB Keith Brooking also had a great day with a sack and 11 tackles, eight of them solo tackles. But  Terrence Newman dropped what would have been a game-winning interception on the Chiefs’ final drive that ended with the tying touchdown.

But when all that was needed to win was one defensive stop/play, they failed to clinch and again relied on a somewhat inconsistent Romo and offensive squad to try to win in overtime.  Other than the touchdown run by Choice of 36-yards in the third quarter and the two big pass plays to Miles Austin, the offense still didn’t seem to be in-sync for most of the game.  Out of the five games so far this season, there’s been two “blown saves” you might say and one close save, the Carolina game, where the defense has not stepped up at the right times.

Yes, it’s the NFL and any given Sunday and all that, but it leaves a very important question about this team in doubt for the rest of the season.  Can they win a close game against a good team if they have trouble beating teams with losing records?  I guess that remains to be seen and hopefully, with the help of the bye week,  several key players will get healthy again for the matchup against Atlanta at home on the 25th of this month.  That should be a game that will give us the insight we need about this Cowboys team.

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2 Responses to “Cowboys Blow Lead But Win It In OT In Kansas City, 26-20.”

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  2. Durham Bulls says:

    I hope folks are starting to realize that the “Roy Williams Experiement” is a bust. My God! Why Jerry Jones agrees to pay a player to perform that badly is beyond me. Miles Austin is the man, and should be focal point of the majority of Romo’s passes. Maybe Miles’ performance this week will cause that to happen. On a non-related note, I sure miss the great days of Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters. And how about Michael Downs and Everson Walls. Yea, back when Dallas’ secondary was mean and tough!

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