The Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks entered Sunday’s game with matching 4-1 records. Seattle, the NFL’s defensing Super Bowl champion, entered the game an overwhelming favorite and playing at home.
The Cowboys were on a 4-game winning streak and had much to prove because of their not-so-distant history of not beating elite talent.
From kickoff, the Cowboys looked like the moment was too big for them. Seattle struck first with a field goal and converted a blocked punt into a touchdown. The Cowboys quickly found themselves in a 0-10 hole, and quite frankly had no one to blame but themselves.
We’ve seen this movie before, surely this is where the Cowboys fold and get blown out—right?
Much to the surprise of everyone, Dallas would surge back to score on a 10-play 80-yard drive behind the stellar play of running back, Demarco Murray. Finally Dallas looked like the team that beat four straight opponents prior to Sunday’s bout. By halftime, the Cowboy’s would score twice again to sit at a modest 17-10 lead.
Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, never looked comfortable under center. Dallas’ defense gave him multiple looks that seemingly confused the normally accurate quarterback. The Cowboys were on a mission.
After yet another untimely turnover, Dallas found them self-trailing going into the fourth. Murray, who ran for 115 yards, scored on a 15-yard run with 3:16 left to give Dallas the lead, and the Cowboys’ defense held twice in the final 3 minutes to cap a miserable day by Seattle’s offense. Under duress, Tony Romo also completed a pass to receiver Terrance Williams, than probably is the catch of the year.
After questionale time management, Wilson was given one more attempt to save his team, but any plans of a comeback was thwarted by Rolando McClain’s interception with less than a minute remaining to clinch the victory. When the dust settled, Romo finished 21-of-32 for 250 yards and two touchdowns — without an interception. The second TD throw went to Witten, who became the second tight end with 900 receptions in NFL history. History was also made by kicker Dan Bailey, who became the NFL’s most accurate kicker of all-time (90% career).
At least right now, Dallas looks like the team to beat in the NFL. Next week, Dallas will face rival, New York Giants as they look to improve to 6-1 for the first time in nearly a decade. Look for a hard-nosed game with both teams having a defensive struggle.
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