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Season Ends As Romo and Cowboys Give Vikings Game In 34-3 Pounding

Going into the NFC Divisional Round game against the Minnesota Vikings, the Dallas Cowboys had looked like a possible contender for the Super Bowl. Instead of thinking ahead to the Super Bowl in Miami, the only Cowboys going to Miami will be the six playing in the Pro Bowl.

At the beginning of the season the Cowboys were notorious for shooting themselves in the foot to halt drives and blow chances to score. Well, it happened again. All afternoon it was mistake after mistake. Tony Romo had 3 turnovers and was sacked 6 times as the offensive line couldn’t block anyone. Marc Colombo made his second straight start at right tackle and looked like a player who had not played in 6 weeks by routinely getting beaten by, previously little known, DE Ray Edwards, who now looks like a superstar. Edwards had 3 sacks in the game and the Vikings took the gifts the Cowboys routinely threw their way.

The game started off with promise for the Cowboys when they marched the ball into Vikings territory on their first 3 drives but could not execute and those drives ended with a fumble, missed field-goal, and fumble. It only got worse from there. They Boys, who could not get out of their own way all day, only gave up 10 points to the Vikings that were not a result of a turnover. The Cowboys defense, which was put in bad spots all day, did not play that poorly. They gave up two big plays all game, but just could not atone for the offense’s blunders.

The Vikings do deserve credit for putting the halt on a very hot team. The Vikings took advantage of their bye week and looked like the better prepared team. The Cowboys did shut RB Adrian Peterson down, holding him to 63 yards on 26 carries. But, Brett Favre showed why he is headed to the hall of fame hitting WR Sidney Rice with a beautiful pass from 47 yards out in the first quarter and threw 4 touchdowns in total.

Ray Edwards and the Vikings defense kept the pressure on Romo and the Cowboys offense all afternoon and ultimately dominated the line of scrimmage. They forced 3 turnovers and were able to give their offense a short field all game.

It is hard not to compare this game to the regular season finale the Cowboys had last year where they lost to the Eagles, 44-6. Tony Romo and the offense were equally impotent and shot themselves in the foot all game. But this season has to be deemed a significant improvement. Not only did the Cowboys win the division but they found that elusive first playoff victory since 1996, a drought that spanned 13 years.

Unfortunately, Tony Romo will again have to listen to the critics, who will no doubt forget his masterful season and focus on his playoff collapse. It will be interesting to see what happens around Dallas over off-season. As for this game, it is just sad to see the Cowboys go out with another whimper instead of playing to their capability.

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3 Responses to “Season Ends As Romo and Cowboys Give Vikings Game In 34-3 Pounding”

  1. VikingsDude says:

    This was one of those games where I wonder what happened. Were the Vikings that good or did the cowboys have too much confidence? You guys have an awesome stadium and a great team. I am sure we will see you in the playoffs again soon

  2. Alex says:

    I don’t think the Vikings were that good…I think the Cowboys were just awful. Some of it because of the Vikings, but most of it because they couldn’t stop making the mistakes they were making during the beginning of the season. They just looked like they were having a bad day.

  3. VikingsDude says:

    Trust me, as a Vikings fan for many years I can feel the pain of team under achievement.

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