The current Dallas Cowboys are a win away from clinching their third NFC East title in five seasons, but Thursday, December 20th deserves a quick look in the rearview mirror.
It’s officially been a decade since the Cowboys played a game at the storied Texas Stadium.
You’ll recall that America’s Team’s final venture at the stadium with the famous hole in the roof actually occurred on a Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens. It was a painful 33-24 loss that featured two touchdown runs of at least 77 yards from Baltimore in the fourth quarter. From the original postgame write-up here at BTB after the game:
These are simply the most obvious of several key whiffs from the night:
-- Tony Romo missed Miles Austin behind the Ravens secondary on Dallas’ initial 3rd down play.
-- Anthony Henry whiffs on a deep out to Derrick Mason, missing a pick.
-- Ken Hamlin missed a Le’Roy McClain fumble, which falls into Mason’s hands. Baltimore makes the game tipper, faking a field goal two plays later and setting up their first field goal of the day.
-- Tashard Choice drops an option pitch when he has the corner on a 3rd-and-2 early in the 4th quarter, forcing Dallas to settle for a field goal when the score was 16-7.
-- Two Cowboys miss on a Yamon Figures fumble on a kickoff after Dallas scored to pull to within 19-17.
-- Hamlin whiffs on a Willis McGahee isolation play, allowing him to run 77 yards without having to make a wiggle, let alone a cut, on a game deciding run with 3:34 left in the game one play later.
-- Hamlin tries going high on McClain on the first play after Dallas kicks deep after pulling back to 26-24, failing to make the tackle and letting McClain free for an 82 yard run.
Texas Stadium played home to so many great times and awesome memories for the Dallas Cowboys. It was their home as they cemented themselves as America’s Team and one of the most powerful global brands in professional sports. It simply is impossible to quantify the effect that it had on the Cowboys.
For those of you that were able to attend a game or outing at Texas Stadium, what was your best memory? What do you remember most? Cheers to a decade.