The Lions at Cowboys was the only game I could watch this morning. CBS had Pittsburgh at Houston, but I live directly under the Cheyenne Mountain antenna and I haven’t been able to get it since we went to an all-digital broadcast. So I watched the Cowboys game.
For the first three quarters, the young Cowboys offensive line played incredibly against the Lions defensive line that is supposed to be the best in the league. Head coach Jason Garrett put them in positions to succeed by calling what was probably the best game of his career, keeping the Lions line off-balance with a good mix of successful screen passes, punishing them for rushing up the field at Romo. His best play was called early in the third quarter; WR Kevin Ogletree started running to the backfield at the snap, as if he was coming for an end-around (or a “reverse,” as announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman incorrectly called it). His man defender sprinted along with him, looking to cover him across the field, and Ogletree abruptly turned around and got open with space in front of him. He was pushed out at the 1 and Jason Witten scored a TD the next play to put the Cowboys up 27-3.
I thought the game was over and left to catch the afternoon games at a bar. Imagine my surprise when after driving into town. the Lions were winning 34-30!
I gather from the highlights that the rally was started on defense; CB Chris Houston returned an interception for a TD. Good for him, I thought, since he was a big reason why his team was down by so many points in the first place. I remembered him as the guy who couldn’t cover Dez Bryant, giving up at least two touchdowns and more yards than I could count. Oh and it was Matthew Stafford’s homecoming game I guess.
So I missed the exciting comeback, but I did get to see Kyle Vanden Bosch’s contact lenses that made his eyes look evil and blood-red. So there was that.
But as surprising as this comeback was, 2011 is turning out to be the year of the comeback. With the Sunday and Monday night games still to go, I could five games today that ended with a crazy come-from-behind victory. Big League Sports published an article last Monday (after week 3) predicting that we will continue to see crazy finishes like these all year on the strength of the ridiculous passing numbers we’ve seen across the league.
So tune in and enjoy it! Don’t give up on those one sided games of the 27-3 ilk like this one. As long as the Cowboys are losing at the last minute instead of winning at the last minute, I’ll be a happy football fan.