Sunday’s match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots saw some flashes of promise from the Cowboys, but ended in all too familiar-feeling, all too frustrating loss, with the Pats coming out on top, 20-13.
Tony Romo and the Cowboys got off to an inauspicious start, with Romo throwing an interception on the team’s opening drive. The defense kept Tom Brady and co. out of the end zone after the pick, but the Patriots took a 3-0 lead on a 31-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski.
The Cowboys answered in the form of an interception of Brady by Terence Newman, and, on the ensuing drive, a 48-yard, Dan Bailey field goal, which evened things at 3-3.
New England regained the lead at 13-3 in the second quarter with Gostkowski’s second field goal and the first touchdown of the day, a five-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Wes Welker.
Dallas finally hit pay-dirt on their final drive of the first half, with an 11 play march that ended with a one-yard touchdown pass from Romo to Witten, to bring the score to 13-10, where it would stand at half.
Dallas tied it up on their first drive of the second half, with a 22-yard field goal from Bailey to cap a 12-play drive of almost six minutes.
We’d stay at this 13-13 deadlock well into the fourth quarter. Sean Lee intercepted Brady early in the final frame, starting a drive that would give the Cowboys their first and only lead of the game. Bailey’s third field goal of the day, this time a 26-yarder, gave Dallas the 16-13 advantage, but it wouldn’t last long.
Dallas went ultra-conservative on their next drive, and were forced into a three-and-out. The Pats took over after a punt and summarily drove 80 yards, eventually retaking the lead with a touchdown pass from Brady to Aaron Hernandez, at 20-16. This would be your final.
On the bright side: Go Rangers.
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