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Mistakes Too Costly For Cowboys In 19-13 Loss in Arizona

Arizona's Stephens-Howling crosses the goal line for the winning score in overtime Sunday

It seems when things are going right for Dallas, everyone lays of head coach Jason Garrett. But when things go wrong, all the fingers start pointing at him. Well, Sunday was no different. Garrett called a timeout on a field goal attempt that Dan Bailey made from 49-yards out that would have won the game for the Cowboys, only to have Bailey miss the second attempt and allow the Cardinals to steal the game in overtime.

Garrett, who appeared talked into the timeout by assistant coaches Chris Boniol, and Joe DeCamillis, called the timeout and effectively iced his own kicker. While Bailey didn’t have the greatest of games (2 of 4), he can hardly be blamed for missing the late game kick that fell short.

Garrett had made a few interesting choices throughout the game, but realistically, if the Cowboys didn’t shoot themselves in the foot all day, they would not have been in the situation at the end. Dallas allowed 5 sacks to a Cardinals defense that ranked 18th in the league going in, and took too many penalties at bad times.

Tony Romo threw for 299 yards and a touchdown, but seemed to be running for his life most of the second half. When the Cowboys did move the ball, they would take a penalty that would kill any drive momentum.

The whole game was a defensive battle, but you just had the feeling after half time that the Cardinals knew what they had to do and Dallas was just going to keep plugging away.

Dallas held the Cardinals to 49 total yards of offense in the first half, only to watch the Cardinals march the ball for 268 yards in the second half and a drive in overtime. Defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, looked like he had figured a way to stop the Cardinals in the fourth quarter, only to watch them drive the ball down the field in overtime. Kolb hit LaRod Stephens-Howling on a short pass that Stephens-Howling turned into a 52-yard touchdown winner.

Cardinals quarterback, Kevin Kolb, was 16 of 25 for 247 yards and the game sealing touchdown pass. He kept many plays alive by using his feet and deceptive quickness to escape danger and even scramble a few times. But, the real Cowboy killer on this day was backup wideout Andre Roberts who continually made plays in the second half on his way to a 6 reception, 111 yard day. The Cowboys had no answer for Roberts and he made plays when they needed them the most.

Another one of the Cardinals surprises was how the kept RB DeMarco Murray in check all game. Murray had only 38 yards rushing and didn’t have much of a chance to do more. The Cardinals 20th ranked rush defense zeroed in on him all game.

The Cowboys were able to setup the game winning field goal on the heels of a great reception to Dez Bryant, but in the end, the Cowboys just could find a way to win this one. Dez Bryant, contributed 8 catches, 86 yards and the team’s only touchdown. Fellow wideout Laurent Robinson also put together a nice day with 4 catches and 72 yards.

Cowboys linebacker, DeMarcus Ware, increased his season sack total to 15 with a sack in this one. Ware was also in and out of the game with an apparent neck injury. His status for next week is uncertain.

The Cowboys fall to 7-5 on the season and blew an opportunity to really establish themselves in the NFC and will look to rebound next week when they host the Giants next Sunday night. It will prove to be a big game, as the Giants lost to Green Bay to stay one game behind Dallas in the NFC East race.

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