DEFENSIVE GAME BALL
Honorable Mention: DeMarcus Ware, Brandon Carr
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
Honorable Mention: None
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.