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March Madness tournament: Cowboys top 64 plays of all time, Round 1, Group 4

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We got a new group of great Cowboys plays for you today.

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As we start a new week, we conclude with four more memorable plays in Cowboys history. After today, we are a quarter of the way through the first round. In case you have missed out of the first three groups, here is where the voting currently stands.

You can still count your votes for Group 1, Group 2, and Group 3. Here are today’s plays

Larry Allen’s touchdown saving tackle

Sometimes you just know a player is special, and that’s the case with offensive lineman, Larry Allen. When veteran left tackle Mark Tuinei went out with back spasms, Allen took over the starting gig. Tuinei returned, but then right tackle Erik Williams was involved in an automobile accident and was lost for the season, so Allen again was asked to step up.

Allen played 14 NFL seasons in what turned into a Hall of Fame career, but it was a play he had as a rookie that people most remember. In a win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night, Allen stole the spotlight. When Saints linebacker Darion Conner intercepted a deflected pass thrown by Troy Aikman, the 325-lb lineman showed off his amazing speed and ran down the Saints defender, saving a touchdown.

Herschel Walker walk-off touchdown

There was a time when the Cowboys had two talented running backs on the roster at the same time. 1987 marked a passing of the torch from one former Heisman Trophy winner to another. When Tony Dorsett exited the game with a shoulder injury, Herschel Walker took over. He rushed for 173 yards and added another 59 yards receiving, but it was his last run that we all remember.

In an overtime game against the New England Patriots, Walker burst through the middle and took off for a 60-yard game ending touchdown. The following season, the Cowboys traded Dorsett to the Denver Broncos.

Miles Austin’s touchdown leap

Miles Austin is the offensive quality control coach for the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers, but there was a point in time where he wasn’t so liked in the city by the bay. In a game that people will remember for Tony Romo’s toughness after being temporary knocked out with a rib injury, it was all made possible by an incredible performance by Austin.

The Cowboys young receiver hauled in nine catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns. He caught a touchdown from Romo, then Jon Kitna, then Romo again. His last score came in the fourth quarter as he lunged into the air extending the ball past the goal line.

Romo to Dez on Thanksgiving

Back in 2012, the Cowboys lost 38-34 on Thanksgiving to the Washington Redskins. It was a career game for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III as he threw for over 300 yards with four touchdowns for the first and only time in his NFL career. While the end result was a Redskins victory, the Cowboys turned a would-be blow out into a game when Romo and Dez Bryant started connecting.

Down 28-6 late in the third quarter, the Cowboys finally gave fans something to cheer about when Romo was flushed out of the pocket and hit a streaking Bryant, who flew down the sidelines for an 85-yard score. Romo finished with 441 yards passing with 145 of them going to Dez.

Poll

Which play is your favorite?

This poll is closed

  • 72%
    Larry Allen touchdown saving tackle
    (1109 votes)
  • 10%
    Herschel Walker walk-off touchdown
    (163 votes)
  • 7%
    Miles Austin’s touchdown leap
    (117 votes)
  • 9%
    Romo to Dez on Thanksgiving
    (141 votes)
1530 votes total Vote Now