Upon Final Review: The Dallas Cowboys Survive (Barely) and Advance

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Jan 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) celebrates his winning touchdown pass with tackle Tyron Smith (77) against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

If I told you all of the following things were true, would you believe that the Dallas Cowboys would advance to play more football this season?

  • That Dallas would go scoreless until the final ninety-eight seconds of the first half.
  • That the Cowboys would have the ball on the 19 yard line of the Lions, not turn the ball over and come away with zero points after kicker Dan Bailey missed a 41-yard field goal attempt, just his fourth miss ever from 40-49 yards.
  • That with under eight minutes to go in the third quarter, the Lions had as many sacks (four) as the Cowboys had first downs.
  • That wide receiver Dez Bryant would not have his second catch of the game until there was less than six minutes left in the third quarter.
  • That the Cowboys would only lead for 2:32 of the entire game.
  • That the Lions would have more passing yards, rushing yards, first downs and total plays than the Cowboys.

In what has felt like a magical season, with all of those negative factors facing this team, oddly it never seemed like a win was out of reach.

Whether it is the opportunistic defense, the gutsy head coach or the MVP caliber quarterback, this team seems to have the “it” factor.

Even when it seemed like there was a possibility that it would all come to an end, it never seemed like a reality.

Dallas was outplayed for most of this game but when it mattered most, they found their resolve, both offensively and defensively to secure the win and a trip to Green Bay.

Let’s review a couple key plays in the game…on the next page.

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