Could have…Should have…Would have…Didn’t
Those few words pretty much sum up the way Sunday afternoon turned out at A%&T Stadium.
The Cowboys could have finally had a signature win in Jerry’s Billion Dollar Baby by handing the much heralded Denver Broncos their first loss in what seems like forever. A win Sunday could have also done wonders for the perception of our quarterback, the beleaguered and befuddled Tony Romo. As is so often the case, though, the Cowboys faithful woke up Monday morning with a sick feeling in the pit of our stomachs as we rehash what could have been and face the sad reality that if Dallas doesn’t learn to finish games it is going to continue to be another disappointment of a season.
It is easy for Monday morning quarterbacks, yours truly included, to say what the Cowboys and the Dallas coaching staff should have done to polish off the upset that they had brewing with less than three minutes left on the clock. I’m sure Tony Romo knows that he should have made a different decision and not tried to force the ball into coverage on second and 16. Once again he is the scapegoat…but we have to remember that if it weren’t for Mr. Romo the Cowboys probably never had a shot at knocking off Peyton Manning and company. Still, the Dallas should have been able to finish what was a remarkable game up until that crucial play.
By once again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory Sunday afternoon, Dallas failed to capitalize on what would have meant staying one game up in the NFC East race. While it is looking more and more like an 8-8 record will be enough to win what has been dubbed the NFC “Least” by many football analysts, the Cowboys will have their hands full reaching even that meager goal. With road trips to New Orleans, Detroit and Chicago looming on the horizon, a home win against the Broncos would have been huge.
The loss Sunday means the Cowboys didn’t gain the respect that would have come their way by beating the undefeated Broncos. They also didn’t do themselves any favors in the division race and now find themselves tied for first place with the Philadelphia Eagles. That means when the Washington Redskins come calling on Sunday Night Football…fresh off their first win and a bye week…another defeat for Dallas could spell doom going down the stretch. Winning at home is going to be essential if the Cowboys have any hope of reaching the post season.
With 2;49 left in the fourth quarter yesterday I didn’t see this coming. Did you?