Cowboys v. Chiefs: Game Balls and Close Calls

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DEFENSIVE GAME BALL
Jason Hatcher
Honorable Mention: DeMarcus Ware, Brandon Carr

Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) puts pressure on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Hatcher came up big on several third down plays and was disruptive on multiple others.  His six tackles, two for loss, one sack and one quarterback hit filled up the stat sheet.  For me though, it was his back to back stops on third and short to end the first quarter and start the second quarter that really stood out.  On a 3rd and 1 after the Cowboys had just produced a field goal, Hatcher shut down a pass attempt just in the nick of time.  On the next series, after another Dallas score to take the lead, Hatcher got his sack of Alex Smith on a 3rd and 4 to get the ball back to the offense.  That momentum was huge for the Cowboys as it helped them preserve the lead for the entire second quarter and most of the third.

Ware was considered for his two sack performance however those were his only two tackles.  Carr had a stellar effort, shutting down Dwayne Bowe for the most part.

SPECIAL TEAMS GAME BALL
Dan Bailey
Honorable Mention: None

Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) kicks a field goal with the help of holder Chris Jones (6) against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Bailey was money on all three of his field goal attempts, connecting from 51, 30 and 53 yards respectively while producing four touchbacks.  Had he been given another opportunity to kick for a game-winner, I have no doubt he would have split the uprights on that as well to produce a win and possibly earn the player of the game.  No one else on the special teams unit really had a stand out performance but regardless, Bailey’s efforts were undeniable.

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  • Harm Williams

    If you are going to complain about the PI call on Claiborne and keep quiet about the PI call on Eric Berry, where no one saw any contact in the reviews, that picked off Romo late in the 4th …. Then you really have zero credibility.

    • jayhwk01

      If we are talking credibility on all calls can I have the phantom PI call that went against Dez Bryant as offensive pass interference mentioned as well. No one saw any contact in the reviews on that one either. The Chiefs had 3 delays of games and two of those were called. 75% is not bad I guess. How about the helmet to helmet no call when the Dallas TE got crushed. I thought that was an emphasis this year. Can we also mention the holding call that was completely missed when Ware was held and the resulting play was a TD pass to Bowe. Officials blew that one as well.
      We can do this all day long…..in the end KC had the better end of the call on the whole but you know what? Does not matter. Dallas blew it’s opportunities and that is on Dallas. They should have won but did not….calls or no.