Jan 11, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers (56) in the third quarter in the second half in the 2014 NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
As I stated before, the Dallas Cowboys did not lose to the Green Bay Packers because of the call of an official.
The Cowboys should have never been in a position to leave it up to the opinion of an official. There were so many plays that doomed the Cowboys prior to this call happening.
- Linebacker Bruce Carter not playing up on Packers tight end Andrew Quarless allowing a free run at the goal line to allow the first Packers touchdown.
- Head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan choosing to pass instead of run on 3rd and 1 from the Green Bay 27-yard line which turned into an incompletion.
- Kicker Dan Bailey missing his second field goal attempt of the playoffs.
- Dallas giving up three points before halftime.
- Running back DeMarco Murray fumbling on what would have been at minimum a huge run and likely a touchdown when up 14-10 with the ball.
- Allowing a 3rd and 15 completion that resulted in a touchdown.
- Cornerback Sterling Moore covering anybody.
- The final 3rd and 11 completion to Cobb to end the game.
If any of these plays go in favor of the Cowboys, it’s a completely different game. Dallas left a lot of points on the field and for that, along with misinterpretation of the rule by the official, it feels very much like the Cowboys failed to take advantage of a huge opportunity.
Anyone and everyone who loves this team should feel proud of what was accomplished this year. This team, without any doubt, exceeded all expectations.
Yet somehow, no one who loves this team can honestly say that the best team won on Sunday. These chances are never guaranteed which is what will sting the most in this long offseason.