Offensive Game Ball: The Offensive Line
To me, this game for the Cowboys was going to be won or lost along the offensive line. If they could finds ways to manufacture yards for running back
When you play a Dick LeBeau defense, you are always going to deal with different looks, but like Romo said in his postgame press conference, as long as he stayed calm and didn’t allow the looks to affect him, they would be fine. What allowed Romo to remain calm was the ability of his line to keep the pressure off him, giving him time to attack the Steelers secondary, which wasn’t up to the challenge against the Cowboys receivers.
I really believed that there were serious matchup problems for the Cowboys against the Steelers front seven. I really wasn’t sure how right tackles
You have to give a great deal of credit to offensive line coach Bill Callahan and a unit that has had more than its share of struggles this season.
Defensive Game Ball:
As this contest wore on, I was surprised that the Steelers didn’t try to attack
Down after down, these cornerbacks have been challenged this year, and were in particular against this group of Steelers, who are such vertical players. What Carr was able to do early in the game was have a nice understanding what they were trying to do to him, route-wise, and play off that.
When Mike Wallace tried to take him on a "9” pattern, Carr was in great shape on the route, which made Roethlisberger have to look in another direction. On his interception, Wallace tried to take him on the out again, but Carr, with a great read and break on the ball, made an adjusting interception.
For the game, Carr had four tackles, three passes defensed and a play that kept his team’s playoff hopes alive.
Special Teams Game Ball:
It would be real easy for me to give this ball to
With the score Pittsburgh 24 and Dallas 17, the Cowboys were faced with a fourth-and-19 on their own 24. Punter
Brown tried to cut inside of Butler, but he reached out with his left hand, hitting Brown’s arm and causing the ball to pop free.
Seven plays later, DeMarco Murray scored from the 3-yard line to tie the game. Without Butler’s tackle, the Steelers would have taken time off the clock, killing the Cowboys hopes.