Another game, another close first half. If not for a late turnover on a bad shotgun snap by the ‘Fins, the Cowboys could have been held to just three points. The Dolphin defense is continuing their fine play of late. Tony Romo threw two first half interceptions, and the Cowboy defense brought relentless pressure all half. A score of 10-6 brings us to the second half.
The second half started with a great drive from the Dolphins. Matt Moore looks like a veteran Qb completely in control of his offense. Reegis Bush had some big plays on the drive, but it resulted in only three points with 8:02 in the third quarter leaving the Cowboys with a 10-9 lead.
With 3 and a half minutes to go in the 3rd quarter the Dolphins finally finished a drive with a TD when Matt Moore hit Brandon Marshall for 35 yards over the head of Terrence Newman who was riding him into the end zone. The Dolphins take a 16-10 lead. The Cowboy offense seems out of sync as they continue to take false start penalties in their own building. After barely beating the Redskins last week in overtime, the Cowboys find themselves needing a comeback effort to be victorious on this Thanksgiving Day.
The Cowboys did lead off the 4th quarter with a drive that resulted in another TD. They have been shut down on the ground so far, and Tony Romo is taking some big shots as his O-Line is no match for the Dolphins front. This is turning into a great game to watch as the 4th quarter finds us with a score of 17-16 with the Cowboys in the lead. Rob Ryan’s defense is giving up massive amounts of yardage as the ‘Fins have gained 300 yards with 14 minutes to go in the game. After another long drive by the Dolphins that results in a FG, the Cowboys fail to move the ball and are forced to punt with 4:47 to go in the game. The Dolphins have brought all they have today and have lived up to their end of the bargain in this game. With two timeouts remaining the Cowboys take over with 3 minutes to go trailing by just two. If the Dolphins lose this game it will mirror the earlier game in that you can’t kick 4 field goals when you reach the red zone in this league. Production is the name of the game these days in the NFL. Bad news for the Giants as the Cowboys run down the clock and kick a short fied goal with no time on the clock. A great game to watch, but no change in the expected outcome. Two down and one more to go later this evening.