The Dallas Cowboys are 0-2 in December after losing 20-17 to the San Diego Chargers. A wild home crowd of 95,000 fans wasn’t enough to lift the Cowboys to victory.
Tony Romo played well again, throwing for two touchdowns and no interceptions. One of the more disappointing events in the game was that on 1st and goal, the Cowboys were unable to score. On three of the four downs, Marion Barber got the ball and he couldn’t make a single yard.
If the Philadelphia Eagles win today, then it would push the Cowboys into second place, one game ahead of the NY Giants. If the Giants win, then there is a three-way tie for first place, with the edge to the Giants for the two victories over the Cowboys.
Although the Cowboys defense played well, the secondary still gave up huge plays of 20 yards or more, making it seemingly impossible for the Cowboys to gain momentum.
DeMarcus Ware was carted off the field after colliding with an offensive lineman of the Chargers. Once that happened, it seemed to knock the life and any hope right out of the Cowboys.
So, the Cowboys are 0-2 this December, and barring a miraculous comeback and run in the playoffs, you might be able to say this is Wade Phillips‘ final year. Who really knows, though. Trying to pin-point exactly why this talented team continues to struggle in big games is like trying to find that pin in a haystack.
Things seem to go haywire for the Cowboys at the least opportune times, almost like a curse that no one has been able to quite figure out yet.
Sometimes we blame the coaches. Sometimes we blame the secondary, or the running game, or the play calling.
But one thing is for sure: The Cowboys have yet been able to master the art of winning the big games.