The Cowboys’ final drive on Sunday in Baltimore was both awful and awesome. The Cowboys would repeatedly shoot themselves in the foot, and then somehow recover.
Tony Romo gets a lot of flack, and deservedly so on many occasions, for making major errors in close games. In this game, however, it should be pointed out that he was excellent. Look at what he had to overcome on that final drive alone:
|Thought they were dead when…||Overcame it when…|
|Tyron Smith negated a 12 yard run by Tony Romo. 1st and 10 at the Dallas 47 became 1st and 20 at the Dallas 25.||Tony Romo hit Dez Bryant for 8, then Felix Jones for 13 on consecutive plays. First down.|
|Three consecutive incompletions on 1st, 2nd and 3rd downs.||Romo hits Witten for an 11 yard gain on 4th and 10.|
|A weak chop block call on Felix Jones, followed by an incompletion, followed by a false start on Kevin Ogletree put the Cowboys in 3rd and 27.||Romo finds Dez Bryant for what should have been a short 7 yard gain, but Dez breaks a few tackles and gets 17. Romo then finds Witten for 16 for the 2nd 4th and 10 conversion of the drive.|
|Romo hits Dez Bryant in the end zone for a TD to bring the score to 31-29, but Bryant drops what should have been a game-tying 2 point conversion.||The Cowboys recover the onsides kick.|
And then the kicker misses the go-ahead FG attempt. I was actually somewhat encouraged by the way the Cowboys played on Sunday, but they keep finding new and interesting ways to lose games.