The long, hard fought, dusty trail to the Super Bowl came to an abrupt end for the Cowboys Sunday afternoon. 2016 was a season to measure all other seasons by, for the Cowboys.
Dallas received the opening kickoff and drove right into Green Bay territory, only to have a un-sportsmen Like Conduct penalty on Brice Butler for being confused and being the 12 man in the huddle. This was not called a simple too many men in the huddle for five yards, instead we were punished 15 yards which stalled a good start, leaving Dan Bailey to kick the first field goal, while giving Dallas a 3-0 lead.
The Cowboys lost their momentum for a quarter after this penalty. Rod Marinelli failed to make the necessary defensive adjustments early enough to keep the game within reach as the Packers built up and 18 point lead in the second quarter. The rust from two weeks off was apparent for Dallas.
Safety Jeff Heath intercepted Aaron Rodgers and the momentum turned in the second half.
Dallas dusted off their trail rust in the second half and played like the 2016 Cowboys played all season. They found a way to score with big plays to Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott. Dak and the Defense fought their way back to a fourth quarter tie.
With less then thirty seconds left in the contest, Dallas’ defense gave up a 34 yard pass– which set up Mason Crosby for a 51 yard game winning field goal with just three seconds left on the game clock.
It was an exciting game in the second half. The Cowboys never had the lead after the first score of the game; however, Dallas did turn a potential blow-out into a fourth quarter shoot-out.
This 2016 Cowboys’ team came into the season with very little hope after Tony Romo went down with yet another back injury against Seattle in pre-season.
Hats off to the entire team for the way they maintained composure after losing their leader and Field General, Tony Romo. This team led by the best offensive line in football, has nothing to be ashamed of. This 13-3 team made it a good autumn for all Cowboy fans across the globe.
The Cowboys are set up for next season’s journey. Jaylon Smith should be ready for summer camp giving the team a first round middle linebacker even before the 2017 NFL Draft starts.
This team will be on the trail to the Super Bowl again next season with a Great Foundation in place and all of our draft picks ready to take the best player available, with no obvious needs, except maybe a pass rusher.
I’d like to personally thank everyone for the great time this season and for following us at Whitebear560.com. Cowboys forever!