It is time to “Cowboy-Up” in Dallas
The Cowboys were up by 12 points against the Giants on Sunday and minutes from a two-game division lead with three games left. But in a stunning reversal, New York scored two touchdowns to take the lead and then Tony Romo led the Cowboys into field goal position with seconds left, only to have kicker Dan Baily iced with another time out followed by a block of the potential tying field goal.
Dallas lost to Eli Manning and the New York Giants on Sunday night and is now tied for a lead they should have all on their own in the NFC East. The Giants had lost four in a row before pulling out the victory Sunday night. If the playoffs began this week, the Cowboys wouldn’t be in them.
The Cowboys, 0-2 in December after sweeping through four November games, go into the closing stretch with a banged-up secondary and without rookie sensation running back DeMarco Murray, who broke his right ankle against the Giants. This is a big blow as he was only 103 yards away from being the first 1,000 yard back of Tony Romo’s career. Murray and safety Barry Church were placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday.
Keep the faith Dallas; the Cowboys are literally 2 timeouts away from a clinched division this year.
Dallas lost to surging Arizona, when Jason Garrett called a timeout wiping out a winning field goal by Dallas kicker Dan Bailey. Upon return to play Baily missed the re-kick on the final play of regulation to lose the game. Then last week it was New York that called a timeout just before Bailey put the ball through the uprights, only to have the following attempt blocked to end the game with a loss.
Through this agonizing 2-game stretch the Cowboys have shown moxy, coming back in both games with Tony Romo (who has taken a bit too much heat for these losses) putting his team in a position to win or tie the game in the closing seconds with routine kicks.
The Cowboys know they have to overcome adversity. You have to remember that the Cowboys do know what it’s like to win four games in a row because it is something they were doing only a few weeks ago.
The race for the NFC East should be a good one this season. The Cowboys have Tampa and battered rival Philly before meeting the Giants, who face the pesky Redskins and the Jets, in New York to close the season.