The Dallas Cowboys game at Cowboys Stadium Sunday against the Cleveland Browns was a tale of two halves. Dallas was outscored 13-0 in the first half, and the team was booed by their fans most of the half. The offensive line could be described as offensive to the fans, as they could do nothing to thwart the rush of the Browns defense.
The Pokes came back with a fury in the second half, and took a 17-13 lead. Just when it appeared Dallas would win the game, they failed to pick up a first down and had to punt the ball away. After a long return, Cleveland scored and took a 20-17 lead. At that point, most Cowboys fans though what could have been a big win would turn into another blown opportunity. Fortunately, the ‘Boys did just enough to get a game-tying field goal with two seconds left in regulation, and the score was tied 20-20, and overtime ensued.
Under new rules this year, BOTH teams get a possession of the ball UNLESS the team winning the coin toss scores a TD. Although both teams did manage a good-looking drive on their first possession, NEITHER was able to scratch the scoreboard.
Dallas then got the ball back and drove down the field, kicking the game-winning field goal with less than two minutes left in the OT period. The 23-20 win evens the Cowboys record at 5-5 with six games left in the regular season, and more importantly, keeps Dallas in the thick of the NFC East race, just one game behind the 6-4 New York Giants.
The Cowboys have little time to celebrate. They host the Washington Redskins Thursday afternoon in the annual Thanksgiving Day game. Washington comes into the fray on a high after a 31-6 win at home Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Robert Griffin, III had a perfect passer rating in the win, which moves the ‘Skins to 4-6 on the year.
IF Dallas wants to remain in the playoff hunt, they definitely need to find a way to claw out another win. They play only one team with a winning record the last six games and four of those games are at Cowboys Stadium. The opportunity is there for them IF they can take advantage. Unfortunately, they have been in this position twice already this season and have failed to take advantage. Cowboy’s fans will just have to hope the third time is the charm.