Oct 5, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) kicks the game winning field goal in overtime against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Texans 20-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
15: Week 1 | San Francisco 49ers 28-17 Dallas Cowboys
To say Tony Romo looked a little rusty in this game, was something of an understatement. Three interceptions, three sacks and one touchdown were not the stats Romo would have wanted to start the season off with. He forced balls to Jason Witten and Dez Bryant, both of which were picked off and failing to spot Dwayne Harris wide open merely highlighted that this was a quarterback severely lacking in game practice.
To look back now and see the Cowboys went on a six game winning stretch after this defeat is mind boggling. Unfortunately the fact I’m married to 49ers fan means I’m not going to be allowed to forget this loss for a while yet.
14: Week 9| Arizona Cardinals 28-17 Dallas Cowboys
Perhaps unsurprisingly the countdown opens with all the losses of the season. I consider this one against the Cardinals to be the least painful as it’s probably the least surprising.
After one too many hits against the Redskins, Romo was forced out of this Cardinals fixture. Brandon Weeden started for the Cowboys and appeared to freeze, like a rabbit in a headlights. Throwing for just 183 yards and completing 18 from 33 attempts it highlighted just how pivotal Romo’s health is to this team.
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13: Week 2| Dallas Cowboys 26-10 Tennessee Titans
A bounce back win was needed in Week 2 and a 167 yard game from DeMarco Murray saw to that. Jake Locker threw two interceptions whilst Romo recovered from his horror show against San Francisco. It was a tidy performance from the Cowboys all round. The defense had two sacks, Rolando McClain very nearly had an interception returned for a touchdown, Murray ran hard, Dez a touchdown and Dan Bailey kicked four field goals. It wasn’t a barnstorming show by any means, but an important one.
12: Week 5| Houston Texans 17-20 Dallas Cowboys
When Dan Bailey failed to convert from the 53 yard line with the final play in normal time, it looked as though the Cowboys had thrown the win away. Arian Foster out ran DeMarco Murray with 157 yards to 136. It was his score that drew the Texans level with just less than a minute on the clock.
Tony Romo performed one of his classic spin moves on MVP candidate J.J. Watt, dancing away from a certain sack. And it was an equally impressive moment from Romo during overtime with the Cowboys third and eight. Off balance he launched the ball that Dez Bryant audaciously caught before Dan Bailey sealed the win at the second time of asking.
There were easier ways to win the game, but that wouldn’t be the Cowboys way now would it?
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