Top 10 Plays From the Cowboys 09/10 Season

As promised here is the top 10 plays from this past season for the Dallas Cowboys.  The response was good from you all, although only one posted in the instructed section.  Here we go:

10.  Jenkins’ Interception vs. Panthers

Way back in week 3 versus the Panthers the Cowboys were unsettled at the right corner-back position.  Mike Jenkins covered Panthers WR Mushin Mohammed on a deep fly route.  He leaped over the Panthers receiver and intercepted the ball.  His first of 5 on the season and it led to him being the starter for the rest of the year.

9. Romo’s TD Pass To Crayton vs. Redskins

After playing poorly for almost 4 full quarters, QB Tony Romo made a great play spinning away from Redskin’s DE Andre Carter and finding a very tight space to complete a completion to Patrick Crayton which lifted the Cowboys to a 7-6 victory and avoided back-to-back losses, not to mention a loss to the Redskins.

8. Anthony Spencer’s 1st Sack vs. Raiders

You might wonder why this is at number eight, I will enlighten you.  Up until this point LB Anthony Spencer had been one split second away from making big plays.  On this play, it wasn’t a big sack or a strip causing a turnover, but it was the floodgate opening sack for Spencer.  This sack ignited a string of 8 sacks in 8 games and helped fortify the other side of the defence opposite DeMarcus Ware.

7. Autin’s 3rd Down Reception vs. Saints

Being the only bump on the Saints march to perfection, the Cowboys took the challenge.  They put in their best performance of the season when the Saints started to mount a comeback.  The Cowboys were facing a 3rd and 7 from their own 23 yard-line trying to respond to the Saints who had just scored to get within 7 at 24-17.  The Cowboys were looking for the final nail in the coffin.  New Orleans had all the momentum heading into this drive and a 3-and-out would have given them lots of time and a short field.  Instead Romo hit Austin for a 32 yard gain that led to New Orleans using all their timeouts and a dramatic swing in field position.  K Nick Folk would miss the game clinching field goal, but the Cowboys would hang on.

6. Felix Goes 73 Yards vs. Eagles

With the Cowboys up by 20 midway through the third quarter, they had a first down at their 27 yard line.  RB Felix Jones took the handoff and followed big G Leonard Davis.  He burst through the hole and sped 73 yards for a touchdown.  Thus, emphatically telling the Eagles, last year’s loss has been avenged.  The Cowboys would go onto rout the Eagles 34-14.  Big win.  Cool play.

5. Romo’s Interception vs. Giants

When this one was handed in, I was like “Why would this be in here?” But upon further reflection this is the play that turned Tony around for the rest of the year.  The Cowboys were trailing late in the third quarter and were moving the ball.  They had a first down at the Giants 46 when Romo went deep to WR Sam Hurd.  He never saw Giants S Kenny Phillips who picked it off and stole momentum back for the Giants who went on to win 33-31.  After the game Romo was very upset at himself for this throw and it led to him being more careful with the football the rest of the season.

4. 4th and 1 Stuff By Defence vs. Eagles (wk. 9)

With the score tied at 13.  The Eagles were moving the ball looking to go ahead.  McNabb and the Eagles faced a 4th and 1 from the Cowboys 45.  McNabb tried a QB sneak but ran into Marcus Spears.  The officials marked McNabb short of the first down.  Philly would challenge but not get it overturned.  That led to our next play.

3. Austin Breaks Silence vs. Eagles (wk. 9)

With the Eagles having shut Austin out all game until just over 8 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, they couldn’t contain him any longer.  The Cowboys had just stuffed a fourth and 1 by the Eagles and Romo dropped back and lobbed a ball deep down the left sideline to Austin.  Austin caught the ball between two Eagles and made a cut diagonally across the field to the end-zone.  He scored and the Cowboys got the bad taste out of their mouths that the Eagles left in season finale the year before.  The Cowboys won 20-16.

2. Interception Over Turned vs. Eagles (Wild-card)

After the Eagles had tied the score at 7, Romo and the Cowboys were hoping to answer back.  From his onw 15 yard-line Romo dropped back to pass.  He looked deep over the middle for Miles Austin but was picked off by Eagles S Sean Jones.  The Eagles would have had the ball in scoring position, but instead the Cowboys challenged the interception and it was overturned.  The Cowboys would go on to score 20 more points that quarter and take a commanding 27-7 lead into halftime.  A lead they would never relinquish en route to their first playoff win since 1996.

1. “Miles and Miles To Go” vs. Chiefs

The Cowboys were reeling heading into their game versus Kansas City.  The Cowboys were in a dogfight with the Chiefs and were not wanting to go into the bye week riding a loss and a 2-3 record.  With the score tied at 13 late in the game Romo hit Austin on a simple “out route”.  Austin broke a tackle and went 59 yards for a touchdown.  The Cowboys defence failed to hold the Chiefs who tied the game up and sent it to overtime.  On the Cowboys second possession of the overtime quarter, Romo and company faced a 2nd and 15 from their 40-yardline.  Romo hit Austin on what looked like the same play as his previous touchdown.  Austin raced 60 yards for the game-clinching touchdown and announced on his first game as a starter that he was for real catching 10 passes for a record 250 yards and 2 TDs!  The Cowboys went to 3-2 and enjoyed their bye-week spurring them on to a rather successful season.

There you have it.  What do you think?

Austin


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6 Responses to “Top 10 Plays From the Cowboys 09/10 Season”

  1. Benjamin says:

    Just a minor correction to #3: “Austin scored and the Cowboys got the bad taste out of their mouths that the Eagles left in playoff loss the year before.”

    The 44-6 loss to Philly came in Week 17, not the playoffs.

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  3. Cow Fag says:

    The entire game versus the Vikings. It was great!

  4. Just a minor correction to #3: “Austin scored and the Cowboys got the bad taste out of their mouths that the Eagles left in playoff loss the year before.”

    The 44-6 loss to Philly came in Week 17, not the playoffs.

  5. Just a minor correction to #3: “Austin scored and the Cowboys got the bad taste out of their mouths that the Eagles left in playoff loss the year before.”

    The 44-6 loss to Philly came in Week 17, not the playoffs. Thank you very nice article..

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