Recalling the 2006 Playoff Loss. Again.

Tony Romo may never have a positive legacy because of The Botch during the 2006 playoffs.

The 2006 season was the first one I covered for this blog. The Cowboys looked very mediocre early that season as Drew Bledsoe continued to earn a “statue” nickname and Terrell Owens did little to help the Cowboys stand out.

Then came the emergence of a new quarterback. He played college in Charleston, Illinois, which is where I was born. The college was Eastern Illinois University, which is where my father received two degrees. The new QB was also the kick holder, which is the nickname I used on here because I couldn’t think of anything else.

I’m not sure what all of that was supposed to mean, but none of it turned out to be good luck in the end. The Cowboys made the playoffs as a wildcard but had to travel to Seattle to face the defending NFC Champions.

Though Dallas fell behind in the second half, a 93-yard kickoff return by an unknown receiver named Miles Austin gave the Cowboys a lead. In the fourth quarter, that lead was 20-13.

Then came what amounted to an implosion. Dallas had the ball at its own 2 with 6:42 remaining. Romo threw a short pass to Terry Glenn, who fumbled. This lead to a safety (after a review), and the Dallas lead shrank to 20-15.

Though Seattle regained the lead, the Cowboys were still in a position to win the game. Many tend to forgot that with just under two minutes left to play, Romo hit Jason Witten on a 3rd-and-7 play, and the original mark gave Dallas a first down at the Seattle 1. Had the spot held up up, the Cowboys would have run down the clock and probably kicked on third down. Had there been an error on the snap, the Cowboys would have had a second chance.

Instead, the replay moved the ball to the 2, and Dallas faced a fourth down. Here’s the play that everyone does remember:

My comments after the game:

How is it that I use the name kickholder on here even though I haven’t actually been a kick holder since high school (er… I guess I did hold some kicks on the practice squad in college, but that is beside the point)? And how does the Cowboys season end? On a dropped snap by Tony Romo when he served as a kick holder.

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Anyway, I well beyond sick right now and hope that the shock keeps me numb for a couple of days. Nothing good can possibly come from this loss or this season as a whole, unless you want to prove the Dallas Cowboy franchise is one that has no clue how to win in this league on a consistent basis. Enjoy the off-season, boys.


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  • Young Fan

    Before Terry Glenn’s fumble, Dallas made a goaline stand against Seattle. I remember thinking: “Wow, we’re going to win this game. We just need to move the ball some, hopefully kick another field goal, etc.” And then Glenn fumbled the ball through the end zone.

    Honestly, this playoff loss doesn’t hurt much anymore. After Romo dropped the ball, it really hurt; it was such a bizarre way to lose a game (along with Glenn’s fumble, Alexander’s huge run after Romo’s fumble on a night where he didn’t run for squat). The playoff loss that really bothers me is the 2007 Divisional game against the Giants. Dallas was basically the proverbial “one play away” from hosting the NFC Championship. What a bummer. I’m a fan in his mid-20s, so there aren’t that many other playoff losses that really sting, either because I don’t recall them as vividly or I wasn’t even born yet.

  • Chintz

    I can’t find the video of tony dropping the kickhold in 2006 playoffs and where he sat legs outstretched and cried on the field. It is not against the Seahawks. Can somebody please help me kindly please thank you.