In 2010, the Dallas Cowboys opened their season against the Washington Redskins. Dallas had won the NFC East the year before, and some were talking Super Bowl.
Dallas made far too many mistakes that night. A fumble late in the first half by running back Tashard Choice was returned for a touchdown, giving the Redskins a 10-0 lead.
Despite the miserable game, the Cowboys trailed by only 6 points with less than two minutes remaining. The Cowboys drove from their own 19 to the Washington 13. Three seconds remained. Tony Romo threw the ball to the corner of the end zone, and Roy Williams appeared to catch the game winner.
But tackle Alex Barron was called for a penalty, and Dallas lost. Nothing went the Cowboys’ way that year, as Dallas finished the season with a 6-10 record.
Five years later, the Cowboys hosted another division rival, the New York Giants. Dallas won the NFC East last year, and some have talked about the Super Bowl for the Cowobys.
Dallas made far too many mistakes tonight. A fumble by Cole Beasley late in the first half resulted in a Giant touchdown, giving the Giants a 10-6 lead. Another interception before halftime led to a Giant field goal.
Despite the miserable game, the Cowboys trailed the Giants by 6 with less than two minutes remaining. The Cowboys needed to drive from their own 28 and score a touchdown with 1:34 remaining and no time outs.
Tony Romo went to work, hitting four passes to move to the New York 11. With 13 seconds remaining, Romo picked up a bad snap, threw the ball over the middle, and hit Jason Witten with the game-winning touchdown in the end zone.
No penalty this time. The Cowboys pulled off an improbable comeback, downing the Giants 27-26.
A Good Win After a Bad Game
These are the types of wins that good teams pull out. Dallas probably should have lost this one because of the many mistakes, but the Cowboys had enough left in the tank to get the win. It turns out that this was the latest (7 seconds remaining) game-winning touchdown pass in the history of the Cowboys.
Dallas outgained the Giants 436 to 267, but the Cowboys had three turnovers yet caused none.
Running Back Committee Worked Just Fine
The Dallas running backs were not an issue at all. Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar, and Darren McFadden combined for 79 rushing yards and 131 receiving yards.
Dunbar came up huge on the final drive, catching two passes for 40 yards.
Randle looks like a legitimate starter. He had strong runs throughout the game and finished with 65 yards on 16 carries.
Giants Made Their Own Mistakes
This one cannot be easy for Giants fans.
Even Dallas fans ought to admit a pass-interference call on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Terrance Williams was pretty bad. That play set up Tony Romo’s first touchdown pass to Gavin Escobar.
Later in the game, it looked as if the Cowboys had just made a massive mistake. With the Giants leading 23-20, the Giants had moved the ball to the Dallas 33. Rashad Jennings ran the ball for two yards on a 2nd-and-2, but Jeremy Mincey was called for unnecessary roughness. That gave the Giants a first down at the Dallas 16.
The Giants moved the ball all the way to the Dallas 1. With 1:43 remaining and the Giants facing a 3rd-and-1, Eli Manning rolled right. Although Dallas had no time outs, Manning threw the ball away. The Giants kicked the field goal to take a six-point lead, but the Cowboys had life.
Immediately after the game, reports said Dez Bryant broke a bone in his foot and will be out four to six weeks.
Dallas also lost rookie defensive end Randy Gregory with a high ankle sprain.