The Dallas Cowboys defense simply wasn't up to the task against an offense with this many weapons. That should have been plain to see. But after holding Chicago to a field goal in first drive of the third quarter, Dallas got a great return from Dwayne Harris and was in position to use a short field to get into the end zone and give the team some hope.
Then on the third and four, Romo goes deep to Dez Bryant, overthrows him and they punt. At this point, if you're like me, you are shouting at the TV. How on earth do you not make getting the first down with a five yard pass your number one priority?
Your defense is on life support out there. They haven't stopped Chicago from scoring a single time in the game thus far. Not once. Garrett absolutely had to realize the importance of getting that first down.
But he didn't. He just didn't have a feel for how desperate things were for his defense at that point. Even if they hadn't gotten the first down on a better play call, they had to gamble and go for it on fourth at that juncture. It was so clearly a critical point in the game that it boggles the mind Garrett couldn't see that.
The rest is history. The defense was absolutely gutted by every conceivable play after that. In the blink of an eye it was out of reach. Had Dallas scored on that drive, they would have at least had a chance to make it a competitive game.
But once again, Garrett failed to be the kind of game-day coach that was needed. Maybe it doesn't matter anyway, because this defense can't win in the playoffs, so it probably is a moot point. Just thought it was useful to point out exactly when the game was lost. It was on that 3rd down.