If you are like me, song lyrics pop into your head at random times. Immediately after the Dallas Cowboys lost at home to the New Orleans Saints, a Beatles song came to mind – The Long and Winding Road. That long and winding road to the 2012 playoffs. It has left us, the fans, standing here a long, long time, sometimes in tears, always waiting at the door. The Beatles didn’t write this song about the Cowboys, but it seemed appropriate as I sang it out loud. The road dead ends on Sunday or it might just take a turn, depending on a few scenarios.
Back in September, 32 National Football League teams began their quest for the coveted trophy. Seventeen weeks of marching down the same path towards one goal – the Super Bowl. This weekend will be the very last chance to continue towards that goal for some teams; the end of the line for others. The Dallas Cowboys are one of those teams who still has a shot.
Sunday night’s game for the Cowboys will be epic. The team will travel to our nation’s capital to play the much-hated rival, the Washington Redskins. While the Redskins have brought excitement and true hope to the District of Columbia, there will be a battle brewing off of Jericho City Drive. Yes, that’s where the football stadium sits, just off the road named for a battle held thousands of years ago. Much like that Biblical story, the walls are going to crumble when the Cowboys come to town.
Two fantastic quarterbacks lead these two teams – Tony Romo, aka #MrDecember, versus Robert Griffin, III, the rookie from Waco, Texas. On Thanksgiving, RGIII and company visited Dallas and ruined everyone’s turkey day. The Cowboys hope to return the favor Sunday night.
Romo’s December has been memorable this year and they sit with a record of 3 – 1. He recently broke his own season passing record of 4,483; his 2009 stats. As of today, he has 4,685 yards of passing with 26 touchdowns. He’s playing exactly like a Dallas Cowboy quarterback should be playing headed into the post-season. If he continues down this road, he will establish himself as one of the greats in Cowboy history.
The Cowboys regular season snapshot:
Record of 8 – 7
Home wins / losses: 4 – 4
Road wins / losses: 4 – 3
This last game, to say the least, is a must win. A win puts them into the playoffs versus a .500 ending and another football season disappointment. Romo and his receivers are working well together and should continue. The defense, while suffering from a case of the injury bug, needs to put on their big-boy pants and suck it up this last game. Jason Garrett, the head coach, is predictable, but maybe he’ll come up with some creativity. It might be his last chance if he doesn’t pull this off. With that said, the end of the road is near, but there’s always a detour.