In the battle for the "coveted" Governor's Cup, it was the Dallas Cowboys who emerged victorious. In a script that's starting to become very familiar, it was the Texans' defense that provided any lift for the team, forcing three turnovers against a talented Cowboys offense.
- Brooks Reed forced the ball out on a DeMarco Murray run,
- Jeff Tarpinian knocked the ball loose on a Dwayne Harris punt return,
- Kendrick Lewis picked off a Tony Romo pass deep in Texans' territory
The Texans' offense converted those three turnovers into exactly zero points.
A Dan Bailey field goal in overtime won the day for the Dallas Cowboys. But it was a Dan Bailey miss that allowed the Texans to slip into overtime in the first place. Bailey had previously made his previous 30 field goals.
Arian Foster (157 yards, two TDs) ran like a man possessed, matching and surpassing DeMarco Murray's 136 yards, but Ryan Fitzpatrick could not match Tony Romo's performance... not by a long shot.
Ultimately it was Romo's two big passing plays that lifted the Cowboys over a stout Texans defense. Early in the third quarter, Romo evaded a J.J. Watt sack and heaved a 43-yard bomb to Terrance Williams for a touchdown. In overtime, he hit Dez Bryant deep down the left sideline for 37 yards, putting them well into Bailey's range for the game-winner.
This is all I have the energy to write about right now. It was an emotionally draining game. Discuss the aftermath here.
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