Dallas Cowboys: B+
The Cowboys had one of their best seasons in recent memory, and it’s a shame it had to end in such controversy.
Dallas came out slow in their first playoff game after a strong 12-4 regular season, but they ended up scoring 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Detroit 24-20.
I’m sure everyone that loves to hate the Cowboys was on the edge of their seats just waiting for Dallas to officially lose, but the team proved that they aren’t your older brother’s Cowboys and came up big when it mattered the most.
Their showdown in Green Bay was a highly anticipated game, and it more than lived up to the hype.
Dallas gave the Packers everything they could handle and appeared to have control for most of the game, but some things just aren’t meant to be.
After Green Bay scored six straight points in the fourth quarter to give themselves a 26-21 lead, Tony Romo and company drove down the field with just a few minutes remaining in hopes of scoring the game-winning touchdown.
Dallas had a 4th-and-2 on the Packers’ 32-yard line with 4:42 left to play, and Romo connected with Dez Bryant on an amazing play that would have easily set up the Cowboys to win the game.
Unfortunately, we all know that the call was reversed and the Cowboys basically lost the game on that play.
I don’t know what would have happened had the Cowboys advanced to play Seattle, but they were one of the best all-around teams in the playoffs and I think they could have done anything.
It will be interesting to see their encore performance next season.
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