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But all games have those hidden plays that can be forgotten, but end up having a huge impact on the outcome. Here are a handful that changed this game:
1. Tyron’s Penalty – The Cowboys came out firing on offense, scoring 14 quick points and were primed for more after
2. Dez Fumble – As great as
3. Moreno For 11 – Jumping to the fourth quarter, the Cowboys led 41-38 in a wild shootout, having turned the momentum back in their favor. On third-and-10 with the sun right in Manning’s face, a stop by the Cowboys’ defense would’ve been huge to the flow of the game. Instead, Manning found running back Knowshon Moreno underneath for just enough yards to get a first down. The 11-yard gain kept the drive alive, and the Broncos eventually tied it up with a 50-yard field goal by Matt Prater.
4. Penalty Accepted – With the Cowboys leading 48-41 in the final four minutes, the Broncos were flagged for holding after a 2-yard run by Moreno to the 5. The Cowboys chose to push them back to the 17 for second down. The next play was a 16-yard pass to Wes Welker, followed by a touchdown run by Moreno. Second guessers would say the Cowboys should’ve declined the penalty and tried to stop him on third down.
5. Sack on Romo – With the game tied at 41, the Cowboys had a shot to win the game with a field goal. On first down, Romo was sacked by Shaun Phillips for a 6-yard loss. While the Cowboys were arguing for a horse-collar call and then questioned why the clock stopped for about 10 seconds that would’ve run the time down to the two-minute warning, it forced the Cowboys to run another pass play. This time, Romo had to force the ball and avoid a second sack, but threw an interception. That was all Peyton Manning needed as he made sure the Cowboys never touched the ball again.