The Final Word From Sunday's Loss

Dallas Cowboys-related Tweet of the Week: @nascarcasm “If you missed the NYE festivities in Times Square last night, turn on #SNF and watch the #Cowboys collectively drop the ball instead.”

I still can’t believe that there won’t be another Dallas Cowboys game until August. What are we going to do with ourselves without seeing the star in action every weekend? Actually, if you think about it, fellow fans, did the Cowboys really play like a playoff team with any consistency (that Buffalo blowout being offset by the Philadelphia blowout)? Although the offensive line showed signs of real promise, they really were never better than mediocre. The old adage is “you are what your record says you are.” The 2011 Dallas Cowboys were an average team.

-I’ll admit it: I am very pro-Tony Romo. I’ve even been known to vote for him in presidential elections.  This may be just me, but I find it very hard to blame this loss on Tony. Obviously, he didn’t win the game for us, but he certainly didn’t lose it. Everybody is always first to blame our QB for every loss, but he wasn’t in the secondary that chose not to cover Victor Cruz, the main threat in the NYG receiving corps.

-Everybody in the media, all of the fans, and all of the New York Giants’ players knew that this was the most important game of the season and that is was a simple matter of ‘win or go home.’ Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys decided not to show up until the 3rd quarter, and it cost them. Blame both the players and the coaches on that one.

-There are over 20 players who have expiring contracts. Here’s hoping the team finally cuts ties with Bennett, Newman, Brooking, Ball, and James and signs Fiammetta and Robinson to new deals.

-Given the magnitude of the game and the slippery weather conditions, I really didn’t hate what I saw from rookie punter Chris Jones. He punted 6 times for an average of 42.3 yards and got two inside the 20 (he would’ve had 3 if Alan Ball hadn’t committed that penalty). Is this the end of McBriar’s tenure in silver and blue?

-Eli Manning is obviously the strength of the Giants’ offense. The first time he played us, he threw for 400 yards. Did Ryan and Garrett really think he wasn’t going to throw frequently (and well) again? Then why make Frank Walker inactive? It seemed to me you needed all the help in the secondary you could get.

As much as it’s hard to swallow, fellow Cowboys fans, our season is over. No more seeing the silver and blue on the field for about seven months. Obviously, root for the Falcons this weekend, but besides that, we’ll have to suffer watching other teams make playoff runs. We’ll have to wait another year to see if America’s Team can advance in the post-season.

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