Cowboys' offense comes alive a tad too late against the Cardinals 25-22
In the last couple of weeks, Dallas offense has been under a lot of scrutiny, but turned it on against a depleted Washington team last week. With a chance to keep up with the Packers for home-field advantage, they needed to beat the Arizona Cardinals, which was a game everyone was looking at.
On a fourth and short midway in the first, Mike McCarthy decided to go for it. Dallas converted the down and it looked like they were eyeing a touchdown, but a false start stunted the drive. The Cowboys were forced to kick a 43-yard field goal, which faded wide left and left them empty handed. For majority of the half, Dak Prescott and crew was sitting on the bench,while the Cardinals was eating up the clock. A couple of PI calls helped the Cowboys get into the redzone before the end of the half. Michael Gallup got the Cowboys their first touchdown with a 15-yard twisting catch, but injured his leg with the touchdown grab..Two minutes after the touchdown, it was announced that Gallup would not return.
Despite not having an offensive flow in the half, the Cowboys walked into the locker room down 13-7.
Things did not go well for the Cowboys in the second half. Their offense was flat out disappointing. The running attack could not see the day of light to save their lives and dropped balls put them in third and long situations. Prescott felt the Arizona's heat, as they pressured him time and time out. Dallas gave themselves a shot, as they scored a touchdown at the start of the fourth to make it a one possession game .The Cardinals put the butter on the bread with a field goal mid-way in the quarter to potentially put the game out of reach.
Dallas on the ensuing drive went into a two minute drill and Prescott had five plays that went for big plays. A couple of minutes later, Prescott hit Amari Cooper for a three-yard touchdown and converted on a much needed two-point conversion to cut the Cardinals' lead to three, 25-22. Dallas had four shots at stopping the Cardinals and could not stop them from gaining first down. Out of timeouts, Dallas watch the clock tick as they realized their comeback was all for nothing.
Prescott finished 24 of 38 for 226 yards, 1 fumble, 3 touchdowns, and ran for 22 yards.
Cowboys' rushing attack finished with 47-yard on the ground.