Oct 19, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church (42) knocks the ball loose against New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
The Cowboys’ running game would also see a sluggish beginning as the Giants did just enough to contain running back DeMarco Murray. Even the refs got in on the action by negating a terrific fumble strip and recovery by defensive tackle Terrell McClain and calling a phantom defensive pass interference on a huge third down stop by corner back Brandon Carr.
Throughout these mishaps, though, the temperature of the air never changed. These are the games the Cowboys have been winning all year. As the clock wound down in the first half, you could see Romo passionately coaching up the offense and line backer Rolando McClain doing the same to the defense. The two generals were simply not willing to accept that the score was tied 14-14 and rightfully so. I doubt head coach Jason Garrett had to say a word at halftime. Something tells me those two players did all the “talking”.
In the second half, the tables didn’t only turn but the entire table got flipped upside down. The Cowboys came out gashing with DeMarco Murray which set up stellar passing opportunities for Romo and his weaponry. Murray would go on to break the NFL record for most consecutive 100+ yard rushing games, Dez Bryant would exceed 150 yards in the air, and the Giants began to look more and more defeated.
"“I love that kid,” said Romo to ESPN.com. “He really exemplifies everything you want in a player. He’s hard-working. He’s humble. He’s a team-first guy. He’s talented. He’s explosive.”"
Two lost fumbles only served to help shatter their dreams further. You could smell the defeated mind frame from the parking lot. They knew the jig was up.
The Cowboys would nail this coffin and begin planning for yet another divisional opponent in the Washington Redskins. Say what you will in your furious hate-riddled nonsensical blurbs, however, there’s nothing lucky or fluky about winning six in a row (especially considering the opponents and the style in which it’s being done). This team simply has the winning formula and the personnel on all sides of the ball to deliver. And they’re doing it at a pace that would make UPS jealous. What can blue do for you?
PS. We still have players returning healthy on defense. We’re nowhere near our ceiling, yet. It’s science.
Honorable Mention: Cornerback Brandon Carr (great coverage and touchdown saving tackle), cornerback Sterling Moore (tested early and responded well), linebacker Rolando McClain (he’s everywhere you want to be), linebacker Justin Durant (strip fumble recovery), safety Barry Church (strip fumble recovery), quarterback Tony Romo (insane QB rating of 135.7 and another spin move miracle touchdown pass), tight end Gavin Escobar (two touchdowns), and most importantly the home crowd that had the stadium literally shaking from the noise. One of the the best visits I’ve had to our beloved field. Keep it up!