Chaos Theory = What can go wrong, will. Mix that with, “an object in motion stays in motion.” Add an overwhelming amount of disappointment. You get the current state of the Dallas Cowboys. Here’s how it went down…
Two first quarter picks, then a Dez Bryant fumble on a punt that shouldn’t even have been attempted to field. The red zone defense held the Giants to field goals on three of the first four drives that kept the game within at least striking distance. That was until Jason Pierre-Paul housed an interception to make it 23 to nothing, emphasis on the nothing. After some more impressive defense, Romo then led an impressive Witten heavy drive capped off by a Felix Jones five yard touchdown run. In a rare explosive play, Dez Bryant down the sideline wide open, giving the Cowboys with great field position after the two-minute warning. But a failure to convert, smells like the same old crap. An impressive kick from 51 yards out by Dan Bailey pulled the momentum pendulum towards the Cowboys, but far from back on their side.
After halftime, the Cowboys had one of their more impressive, inspiring drives lead by Tony Romo in recent memory. Excellent play calling by Jason Garrett on fourth and goal had Romo running the ball in to cut the lead to just six points. The momentum swung to the Cowboys side, for the first time all game. Throw in some more excellent defense, forcing a three and out followed by a solid return by Dwayne Harris, set up the Cowboys with their best opportunity of the game. A big pass to Miles Austin, then a couple of completions to Witten set up a first and goal from the one. After a failed rushing attempt, Romo rolled out, then with a pump fake tossed the ball to John Phillips to put the Cowboys ahead for the first time.
A drive seemed to be brewing for the Giants, but out of no where Gerald Sensabaugh knocked the ball right out of the hands of Victor Cruz and into a rugby exchange to Danny McCray. Not able to get anything off the turnover, it gave the Cowboys the opportunity to play the field position game. After a nice drive by the Giants, the defense held the Giants to their fourth field goal giving them the lead with 10:20 to play. Epic third down conversions by Miles Austin and Dez Bryant occurred, but on the following play Felix Jones fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the Giants.
The wind looked like it had come out of the sails, but the Dallas defense held the Giants to a field goal, which had been happening enough to be considered a drinking game. Going to Witten early and often on the following drive, included one of the prettiest catches you’ll ever see by a tight end. The drive stalled and on a fourth and one, Romo was forced to flee the pocket, and the only choice he had was to throw it. The ball was intercepted. A three and out followed suit, burning all of the Cowboys timeouts but gave the ball back to Romo with 44 seconds left. A toss to Witten left 25 seconds, then a toss to Dez with 22 seconds remaining, then finally Witten with 16 seconds left in the game. Romo passed to Dez Bryant for an apparent score and the lead but upon further review the officials said that Dez’ fingers touched out of the end zone. A dunk pass to Witten moved the ball closer and with a last second heave left the Cowboys wondering, if they’ll ever get it right. And because they lost, nothing matters: their stats, their third down success. The only thing that fans will remember is: six turnovers, 0-4 all time at the “Giants Ballpark in Arlington” and 3-4 on this season for the Cowboys with complete ups and downs.