What was suppose to be an epic shootout between high-powered offenses turned into a hard-hitting defensive showdown.
The Cowboys got tremendous pressure on Brady, leading to that 2nd interception, However, hitting Tom Brady all the time isn't the real key that kept the Pats under 30 points for the first time in the regular season since the last time a Rob Ryan defense faced Brady. It was excellent coverage by a Cowboy secondary that really stepped up.(Pat Myth 1)
The most successful part of the Pats offense was their run-game, as the supposedly finesse/passing team got just as physical as their opposition in the trenches. It was all the more impressive given it was done against the top-ranked rush defense, which was probably distracted to some extent by trying to limit the tight-end duo of Gronkowski and Hernandez.(Pat Myth 2)
Coming off of a good performance by their defense last week against Rex Ryan's Jets, the Pats defense built on their previous performance. The worst-ranked defense proved they aren't the worst defese, duplicating much of the success of the Cowboy defense in limiting an explosive offense. Leading into the game, Dallas HC Jason Garrett noted that the Pats defense is starting to come together. He should be listened to more often because he was exactly right.(Pat Myth 3)
Some other myths were disspelled. Albert Haynesworth, after drilling Romo, helped the opposing-QB back up. Apparently he is capable of acts of kindness. Also, Rob Ryan proved he's more than a tough guy capable of raising his voice. A NE reporter noted that the defensive-coordinator had an MHK sticker on the clipboard of his playcalling sheet, in honor of Patriots owner Bob Kraft's wife Myra who passed this summer just before the lockout ended. Classy.
Tonight was the best game I saw of the season. The Cowboys have every reason to be optimistic for the rest of the season. Best of luck to America's Team, but never too much.