The Dallas Cowboys traveled into Met Life Stadium and battled both the freezing high winds and the mouthy New York Giants, defeating them both with a perfect Dan Bailey field goal in the final moments of a critical NFC East matchup on Sunday. And, for the second time in the last three games, it was Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo whose composure and maturity shined through in yet another clutch game-winning final drive. Hold the presses! It appears the Cowboys offense is learning how to finish close games.
And it’s happening at the right time. With the Cowboys now tied for first place in their division at 6-5 with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas is in the driver’s seat as they are undefeated against every divisional opponent they’ve faced so far this season. Once again, the game’s outcome was placed firmly on the right arm of Romo, and he came through. Critical passes to Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Cole Beasley in Dallas’ final drive capped what was a tied game with only 4:45 left. Because the Cowboys have seemingly learned to put away games, the Giants offense wouldn’t see the ball again.
This was reminiscent of the Cowboys 27-23 win against the Minnesota Vikings in Week Nine. With only 5:40 left in the game, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson scored on a 11-yard touchdown run to put Minnesota up 23-20. Romo stepped up then too and led his team down the field on a 74-yard drive that ended with a Dwayne Harris seven-yard touchdown catch with just :35 left on the clock.
Although Romo has a long way to go in-order to prove he’s a quarterback that can take this team back to the Super Bowl, his maturity and clutch play in the last few weeks has been refreshing. Let’s hope the Cowboys are actually learning how to put away these close games that have haunted them in years past.