In what may be the biggest win of the Jason Garrett era thus far, the Dallas Cowboys overcame a series of potentially disastrous mistakes to defeat the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday, 30-23.
The scoring got started when Steven Hauschka capped the Seahawks’ first drive with a 33-yard field goal to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
On the Cowboys’ first possession, it got a little ugly. First, on a third down, Tony Romo was absolutely blasted by Seattle’s Bobby Wagner, a hit that left the Dallas signal caller on the ground. Then, the Cowboys’ punt was blocked by Doug Baldwin and returned for a touchdown by Mike Morgan. Just like that it was 10-0 Seahawks, but Dallas bounced back beginning on their next drive.
Romo and Co. marched 80 yards on nine plays, scoring on a pass from Romo to Gavin Escobar. They tied it up on the drive after that with a 42-yard Dan Bailey field goal. Late in the half, Romo hit Jason Witten in the end zone, to give the Cowboys a 17-10 halftime lead.
The Seahawks came charging back in the second half, sprung by a pair of huge mistakes by Dallas. It started with a nine-yard touchdown run from Russell Wilson, which came after Dwayne Harris muffed a punt, and ended with a 33-yard field goal from Hauschka, to regain the lead at 20-17, after a bad snap led to another short field for the home team.
Bailey answered late in the third quarter with a 56-yarder to tie it, but the Seahawks came right back with a 48-yarder from Hauschka in the fourth to regain the lead at 23-20. Improbably, it would be the last lead the Seahawks had on Sunday.
Dallas drove 80 yards on nine plays and Murray scored on a 15-yard run to put Dallas in front 27-23 with around three minutes left. Then, after Seattle failed on a fourth down try, Bailey added a 31-yard field goal to extend the lead to a touchdown, 30-23.
With one last chance, Wilson was intercepted by the Cowboys’ Rolando McClain to end it.
The Cowboys’ big three on offense finished with some nice numbers. Murray had 115 yards and the score on 29 carries; Romo was 21 of 32 for 250 yards and two touchdowns; and Dez Bryant, who spent most of the day working against Richard Sherman, had a respectable four catches and 63 yards.
At 5-1, the Cowboys will host the Giants at AT&T Stadium next Sunday.
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