Sunday’s game for the Dallas Cowboys is why I love this sport so much. The Cowboys were up 21-6 late in the game, and before you knew it, it was 21-21 with only a few minutes left. I know the fans, myself, and some of the players on the team must have thought “Here we go again,” after blowing a big lead in an important game. But there was something different about this game. And there are two players I want to focus on today and explain why they won the game.
The first player I want to talk about is Dez Bryant. Bryant has struggled in recent weeks producing for the team. Whether that be because of consistent double coverage or a back injury that slowed him some, he hasn’t been nearly as effective as he was through the first eight games of the season. And the plan for the New York Giants was to rough Dez up and get into his head. And I must say, it seemed to work early. Dez dropped a pass, tipped another in the air for an interception, and fumbled a ball when the team was driving. In a lot of ways, it might have been Dez’s worst game of the season.
But to Dez Bryant’s credit, he didn’t sulk. He didn’t complain. He didn’t give up. When the team’s back was against the wall on a 3rd and 7 with the Giants possessing all the momentum, it was time for Dez to make a play. Knowing that a three and out would give the Giants back the ball with a few minutes left and the defense showing little to no life left in them, they needed a play from their star wide receiver. Well, he did just that and was credited for 3 catches for 32 yards on the final drive. He also caught another ball that took the team down inside the 10 yard line that very controversial. But nonetheless, Dez Bryant rose up to the occasion.
For Tony Romo, this one had to feel good. After no showing in New Orleans two weeks ago and the season on the line, I went so far as saying this was a franchise-altering game. If the Cowboys lost to the 4-6 Giants, the team might have no other choice but to start a rebuild in 2014. I may have been over-reacting some, but nonetheless, this was a big win for Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo found himself in a similar situation as he did a few weeks ago when he was playing against the Denver Broncos. He helped build a lead on the Giants and then after a collapse by the defense, the game was tied with the ball in Romo’s hands backed up in his own territory.
With the Giants ready to “tee off” on Romo and after being in a 3rd and long, Romo decided that if he was going to win or lose this game, he was going to do it by slinging the football. Romo was a surgeon on the final drive, leading the team on a 14 play, 64 yard drive to seal the win.
Tony Romo and Dez Bryant had done something that I haven’t seen in awhile from this team. When it’s time to go win the game and put everything that happened previously behind you, they did it.