The full game narrative will come tomorrow, but in case you've been living in a cave, the Cowboys won a thriller, 28-24 over San Diego.
In no particular order:
Davis redeemed himself on the Chargers final sequence of passes, blanketing a Chargers TE on second and goal and forcing an incompletion. On the next play, he flipped McCardell and prevented him from catching a Brees floater in the middle of the end zone. Davis earned a hug from Parcells when the series was over. He's got grit, but he also has a lot of work to do.
The signature WCO play was Patrick Crayton's touchdown catch early in the second quarter. The Cowboys were facing a third and thirteen from the San Diego 20 after a delay of game penalty. Dallas lined up in a three receiver formation, with Glenn flanking Witten on the left side of the formation and Crayton in the right slot inside Keyshawn. The outside receivers and Witten ran downfield routes to clear the short middle for Crayton. He ran what looked like a hook at seven yards, hesitated a count to freeze linebacker Donnie Edwards, then proceeded on a crossing route. He left Edwards in his dust and took Bledsoe's throw in for a score.
If you followed the Cowboys in the '90s, you are certainly familiar with this play -- from the wrong side of business. The 49ers ran it at Dallas every time the teams met. When the Niners embarrassed Dallas at Texas Stadium in November of '95, they got Jerry Rice matched up against Bill Bates and tortured him with this play. Mike Holmgren's Packers always used it against the Cowboys to great effect. Robert Brooks caught a TD pass against the Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game that same season running this same play.
Payton was mentored early in his career by Jim Fassel, who was an assistant on the '49ers staff in the early '90s. Whatever you think of the WCO, it was good to be the team delivering that play, rather than being on the receiving end again.