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Sweet 16, Region 2: Cowboys top 64 plays of all-time

Which one of these plays should advance to the final four?

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If you’re a regular here on at Blogging The Boys, you know what’s going on, because as of yesterday our 64-play tournament has moved on to the Sweet 16 round. If you missed out on Region 1 (Zeke’s screen play, Romo’s snappy recover, Prime time to the house, Harper over the middle), don’t forget to check it out here and cast your vote.

Today, we have four winners that consists of one play in each of the last four decades. Let’s check out how they got here...

It’s time to assess these new plays to determine which one should advance to the Final Four round later in the week. And make sure to let us know why you are voting how you are and it just might get mentioned in the Final Four article.

The longest run from scrimmage

Watching Tony Dorsett run is a thing a beauty. Those long strides, those swift cuts, and that 4.3 speed that reminds you he’s deceptively fast. All those things were showcased on one famous play back in 1983. In front of a Monday Night Football audience, Dorsett took a hand-off right up the middle for the longest single run in NFL history.


Any time you set a record that lasts for 35 years before being tied (and still can never be broken at 99 1/2), and did it with 10 men on the field, and the style of the run itself (patented one-cut by Dorsett at the 2nd level) and how he managed to avoid being tackled and pushed out of bounds. Landslide!

It is Watt it is

Tony Romo was known for his escapability (is that a word?) as he made a career out of dipsy-do’s and now-you-see-me’s that left defenders looking silly. Even really good defenders, like J.J. Watt, are no match for Romo and his legendary elusiveness. Against the Houston Texans in 2014, Romo put on a nice spin move and heaved the ball down the field for a deep touchdown pass to Terrance Williams.


I went with Romodini. IMO its one of the best plays in the NFL, let alone just a Cowboys one. JJ Watt was DPOY and Romo left him on the ground while throwing a TD. Still fun to watch it.

Washington’s Super Bowl return

The Cowboys were trailing the Buffalo Bills 13-7 in the second half of Super Bowl XXVIII, but then went on a 24-0 run to win back-to-back titles. Things were a little dicey at first, but the worm turned when safety James Washington scooped up a fumble and ran it back 48 yards for a touchdown.

In the two Super Bowls these teams played against each other in the ‘90s, the Cowboys defense forced 12 turnovers, and three of them resulted in touchdowns. It should have been four, but Leon Lett’s showboating antics in SB XXVII kept that from happening. It shouldn’t go unnoticed that Washington’s recovery was made possible by a forced fumble by Lett.


I remember the nervousness I felt coming out of halftime in that super bowl and confidence after James’ TD. I also remember that Clint to Drew pass and how it made a young kid just go crazy. But, for me, choosing the greatest plays must include taking into consideration the impact. And the other plays together don’t add up to the Washington play in that Super Bowl.

Not in our house!

Love him or hate him, Terrell Owens was never short on theatrics. Before Owens brought his show to Dallas full time, he auditioned on center stage while he was with the San Francisco 49ers. Run to the star once, shame on you. Run to it twice? Well, allow us to introduce you to Cowboys safety George Teague, who would have none of that. It was a popcorn-eating experience that we can watch over and over again.


DO NOT DISRESPECT THE STAR! Teague is the man. That’s why TO got the napkin at the end.


SWEET 16: Which play do you like best?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    Dorsett’s 99-yard run
    (614 votes)
  • 14%
    Romo’s spin on Watt
    (141 votes)
  • 9%
    Washington’s fumble recovery
    (92 votes)
  • 14%
    Teague clocks TO
    (139 votes)
986 votes total Vote Now

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