Dallas Cowboys Lose Tough One to New England Patriots [PHOTOS]
The Dallas Cowboys lost a close one to the New England Patriots and added another game to the loss column with a common theme – another fourth quarter heart breaker. Up by 3 points with 2:31 left to play, The Cowboys let Tom Brady do what he does best and break the hearts of the Dallas Cowboys and their fans by capping an 80 yard drive with an 8 yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez with 22 seconds left.
The Cowboys defense had done a great job all day by sacking Brady 3 times and picking off 2 passes, but in the end, Brady was too much for the ‘boys on the final drive as he completed 8 of 9 passes for 78 yards and the TD to Hernandez.
This loss, in my opinion, can’t be blamed on Romo who’s numbers were virtually identical to Brady’s, going 27-41 for 317 yards with 1 TD and one interception. Brady was 27 of 41 for 289 yards, but had one more TD and interception than Romo.
This game ended up being a defensive game as neither offense could get rolling. The Dallas offense were able to drive on the Patriots defense several times, but, once again, had trouble punching it into the endzone. The Patriots had the same problem – until the last drive of the game.
What gets me, is the play calling of Dallas. I think you have to question what plays Jason Garrett is calling. Last week, during the Cowboys collapse to the Lions, the Cowboys were up by 24 points, yet coming out and throwing down field which led to two back to back interceptions for touchdowns for the Lions. This week, up by 3 points, Garrett calls two run plays that do not run any time off of the clock and gives Tom Brady plenty of time to drive down the field. Even before that, with Dallas driving and having the ball on the Patriots goal line, Garrett calls a shovel pass on 3rd down? Really? And where the heck does Dez Bryant go after halftime? He had 4 catches for 78 yards in the first half, but none in the second half. I don’t even think he even got the ball thrown his way in the second half.
I can sit here and be an “armchair quarterback” like everybody else and guess why the Cowboys are having so many problems finishing games, but the bottom line, is that the team is not getting it done.
The loss left the Cowboys sinking in the NFC EAST with a 2-3 record as they play the Rams next weekend at home while the Patriots (5-1) go into their bye week.
I’m still fan and will always be, but this season sure seems to be flying out the door.
Besides Tony Romo (because I know that will be the first answer out of everybody ) what do you think is wrong with the Cowboys this year? Comment below and check out this recap of the game in pictures.