Cowboys Opener: Lessons From Four Giant Losses

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The Overthrow – Dec. 11, 2011: Giants 37, Dallas 34 – Tony Romo threw for 321 yards, four touchdowns and a 141.3 QB rating, but all we remember is the overthrow to Miles Austin. If Austin catches that ball, the Giants don’t make the dance, and Eli doesn’t get his second ring. Here it is again. I think that’s the link; I didn’t actually watch it. For me, the pain is still too near…

Dec 11, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19) in action against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

People forget the Cowboys had two more great opportunities to win that ballgame. The 3rd-and-5 miss to Austin gave the ball back to the Giants with just 2:12 left on the clock and the Cowboys protecting a 5-point lead. All the defense had to do was keep the G-Men out of the endzone.

Instead, they scored in about 90 seconds. After a touchback, Romo took the Cowboys all the way to the Giants 29-yard-line and spiked the ball with 6 seconds left to play. Dan Bailey’s 47-yard field goal was blocked on the game’s final play.

Remember that? Or are you still too ticked off about the overthrow to Austin?

Why it hurt: The team blew a 12-point fourth quarter lead against a hated division rival. A win would have knocked the Giants out of the playoffs, and instead they won the Superbowl… Oh, man. Still hurts…

Lesson: When the offense scores 34 points and doesn’t turn the ball over, don’t blame the quarterback for the loss. Football teams win football games. If you think otherwise, you are a moron.

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  • True Cowboys Fan

    Cowboys 6-0 vs Giants on opening night enough said GO COWBOYS !! TRUE COWBOY fan For Life

  • Cowboyearl

    I’m so freaking sick of these lucky not that good Giants!! Never ave a seen a team get so many breaks in so many games! I remember one game that finally it backfired on them when Desean Jackson ran a punt back but probably 90 percent of the time they get the most luckiest breaks ever