For the third time this season, the Dallas Cowboys have a little light at the end of the tunnel, as they moved back to .500 Sunday night with a 38-33 win over the 2-10 Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The win evens the Cowboys at 6-6 with four games left in the NFL’s 2012
Dallas plays at Cincy against the Bengals this coming Sunday, December 9th, then returns back to Cowboys Stadium on December 16th to host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The following Sunday, December 23rd, the play host to the New Orleans Saints before closing the season on the road December 30th in DC against the Washington Redskins.
In recent seasons Dallas has played terribly in the month of December, but just MAYBE this year will be different. There are really no dominant teams in the NFC except for San Francisco and Chicago, but even those two teams lost on Sunday. The way the New York Giants are playing, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that Dallas COULD even still win the NFC East.
Just as they have done in recent weeks, the ‘Pokes struggled in the first half before making a comeback in the second half. They held a 38-27 lead late in the game, but had a punt returned for a touchdown with under a minute to play in the game that gave Philly a small glimmer of hope. They went for two after the score, but a pass into the back of the end zone fell incomplete. An onside kick attempt was handled by Jason Witten and Dallas went into victory formation and ended the game.
It was a relieved but focused Jason Garrett who met with the media after the win. “It was great to have DeMarco (Murray) back. I thought our offensive line did a good job. We wanted to run the ball down hill and we were able to do that we were able to do a lot of things off of that as the game went on.”
Garrett was asked what he thought of the play of quarterback Tony Romo in the game. “I thought he played really well. When you don’t have a lot of success early on, and you don’t convert a third down here or there, sometimes you play outside of yourself, but I thought he did a good job staying inside of himself, and he played within the system sometimes when things weren’t there. He made a lot of good throws and a lot of good kinds of throws during the ball game.”
We asked the coach his thoughts on Romo breaking Troy Aikman’s record for touchdown passes in the game, and his answer was a bit surprising. “Well, that’s not what we’re focused on right now. He’s been a good quarterback for us, there’s no question about that, but we we’re focused on trying to win a ball game and I know that’s what his focus is tonight. It was a good win for our football team. We’ve got to learn from it, we’ve got to correct a lot of errors in all three areas and get ready for Cincinnati.”
We asked Romo when he met with the media what it meant to him to own the record for most touchdown passes by a Cowboys quarterback. “It’s about winning games, so that kind of gets pushed aside when we’re playing and right with where we’re at with the playoff picture. We desperately had to have this one tonight. Our team fought like heck tonight to get a win. Saying all that, it’s a really neat thing. Someday I’ll look back on it and seeing the names that are on that board; Troy (Aikman) obviously being the guy that if you’re in any discussion with him in anything you’re doing something right, so obviously that feels very good.”
There is no doubt it will feel even better IF Dallas can come back from Ohio on Sunday with a win and get over .500 for the first time in a couple of months. HOPEFULLY, they can get on run, make the playoffs, and turn this into a December to remember instead of the usual “wait till next year” fans have become accustomed to in recent years.