What started out looking like a major upset win for the Cowboys over the Steelers, turned into a stunning and crushing defeat in the final few minutes of the game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers dealt the Cowboys a jarring defeat by coming back after being down 13-3, and beating Dallas 20-13.
It was another one of those big meaningful games that the Cowboys needed to win, that saw quarterback Tony Romo once again, crack under pressure. His four turnovers proved costly and the multitude of fans who doubt his big game ability continues to grow.
“This one’s on me,” said Romo, who threw three picks and lost a fumble. “As a quarterback, you can’t turn the ball over that many times and expect to win, especially in an environment like this.”
Up until the final minutes of the game, the Cowboys were on cloud nine. Playing without Pro Bowl running Marion Barber who didn’t make the trip, running back Tashard Choice stepped in and gained 88 yards on 23 carries and caught five passes for 78 yards. He looked a little shaky at the start of the game, but once he settled in he played like a man possessed. Jason Witten had six catches for 62 yards and Owens caught three passes for 32 yards and a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
T.O. was seen jeering at Steeler fans in the end-zone, and both he and Martellus Bennett were dancing around, but unfortunately somebody forgot to tell them that the game wasn’t over yet, and that there was still ten minutes left. In retrospect, they actually must have been the brunt of many a joke in Pittsburgh, as the Steelers got the last laugh, and they didn’t need to dance to prove which team was the best on this Sunday night.
I’m not a big fan of the end zone dances and the trash talking that goes on during Cowboys games. All it manages to do is motivate the other team and drive their performance to a higher level.
The sad part of this loss is that it wasted an amazing display of just how dominating the Cowboys defense could be.
For 53 bone-crushing minutes, the Cowboys defense held the Steelers to just three points. Bradie James was absolutely explosive and led the way with eleven tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. DeMarcus Ware regained the NFL sacks lead, and things were actually looking pretty good for the Cowboys…
Until the final seven minutes of the game, when the Steelers score 17 unanswered points.
James had this to say after the game.
“That’s about the only thing I’m disappointed about. We probably met all our goals on the defensive side. But, you know, it takes a team to win a game. That’s what we have to do. We have to win it collectively.”
The Cowboys are not dead yet. Let’s just say they are on life support and the doctors are thinking about pulling the plug.
Don’t look now, but here come the Giants.