Sunday’s NFL matchup between the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys lived up every bit to the hype that surrounded it. Both teams surprisingly entered the game with a (3-1) overall record.
The week previous Houston won an ugly, grind-it-out battle against the Buffalo Bills 23-17, and the Cowboys, to virtually to everyone’s surprise, destroyed the New Orleans Saints 38-17. None of this matter’s of course when two teams engage in a heated rivalry, both teams wanted this game—badly. Dallas currently leads the head to head series 3-1.
From the opening kick, this game of epic proportions didn’t disappoint. Both teams were at a stalemate until Dallas jumped to a second quarter 3-0 lead that would remain until halftime.
The second half would prove to be even more exciting as the two teams traded touchdowns to make the score 10-7 going into the fourth quarter. Dallas would score again to boost the lead to a comfortable 10-point lead with a pass from Tony Romo to Terrance Williams, who had previously dropped an open touchdown in the third quarter.
After a pair of stalled drives, the Texans would storm back to knot the game at 17 with 41 seconds remaining in regulation behind the late game heroics of Arian Foster who finished with 157 total yards rushing.
Dallas threatened to end the game with an even later game drive, but Dan Bailey’s missed 53-yard field goal at the end of regulation sent the game into overtime. After the Texans won the coin toss, they couldn’t complete a promising drive that started with a strong rushing performance from Arian Foster. Dallas wouldn’t let the Texans back in. Dez Bryant caught amazing 37-yard leaping catch from Tony Romo that set up a redemptive 49-yard field goal from Dan Bailey to end the game at 20-17.
The Cowboys (4-1) won their fourth straight for the first time since 2011 despite blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. With the loss the Texans drop to (3-2).
The Cowboys now face the undaunting task of facing the defending Super Bowl champs, the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Seattle is tough, but very vulnerable when Russell Wilson is pressured. Seattle’s less than impressive win over the Redskins and early season loss to the Chargers prove that they are very beatable. Offensively if the Cowboys can stick to their gameplan to allow Demarco Murray run to make Romo’s job easier passing, they have a good opportunity to come out victorious eventhough Seattle plays at home.
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