The Dallas Cowboys lost by one score to their toughest opponent this season, the New England Patriots. What went wrong on Sunday that caused this loss?
There was a lot of discussion going into the game about coaching, which then became how both teams would fare in the weather. Both teams made their mistakes, and this resulted in a nail biter game. What went wrong for Dallas on Sunday?
Mother Nature makes her presence felt
Leading up to Sunday’s game, the weather was looking wet and gloomy. Because of the impact rain has on the passing game, it was interesting to see the game plan for both teams on offense and defense.
Unfortunately for Cowboys fans, the wind and rain got the best of their football team. On the Cowboys’ second drive of the game with the wind roaring against him, kicker Brett Maher hit the post on a 46-yard field goal.
Another play that hurt the Cowboys because of the weather was the interception thrown late in the first quarter. Not only one, but two Cowboys players had a problem gripping the ball.
Center Travis Frederick snapped the ball high, and quarterback Dak Prescott tried his best to catch it, get somewhat of a decent grip on the ball, and throw it to receiver Amari Cooper. Unfortunately, the ball was behind Cooper, and right into the hands of cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
It’s also important to mention the three misplays on the kick/punt return. Returner Tony Pollard muffed two, and also misplayed a third which he had to cover up before any Patriots stole it. Overall, a messy day for the Cowboys.