ARLINGTON, Texas – The Cowboys and Steelers played a classic game in what has been a historic rivalry between the two. Usually, the memorable clashes have occurred in Super Bowls, but this one was a great one for the regular season.
Lots of memorable plays for both teams, but like always, there are a handful of hidden gems that played a major role in the Cowboys’ 27-24 overtime win. Here are five plays that might go unnoticed, but played a factor in the final outcome.
(Plays listed in chronological order)
1. Wallace’s bobble and reversed call – The Cowboys led 3-0 early, but the Steelers were driving for some points. They had third-and-6 at the Cowboys’ 44 and appeared to get the first down on what was ruled a 12-yard catch to Mike Wallace to the Cowboys’ 32. But the Cowboys’ coaching staff upstairs quickly saw Wallace bobbled the ball and got only one foot in. They urged Garrett to challenge the play and the replay booth reversed the call, forcing the Steelers to punt.
2. Incomplete to Dwyer – Early in the second half, the Steelers got a big stop on defense and gave the ball back to the offense near midfield. The Steelers were at the Cowboys’ 45 for a third-and-5 and it appeared Roethlisberger had tailback Jonathan Dwyer in the flat for a first-down gain. But the pass was way short and Dwyer couldn’t handle it, leading to a punt. The Cowboys took the ball and drove 80 yards for a touchdown.
3. Harris’ second-effort – With the game tied at 17, Dallas had a second-and-23 after a 13-yard sack by James Harrison. The Cowboys got a big chunk of the yards back on a nifty run after the catch by
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5. Friendly roll for Moorman – The Cowboys elected to play it safe on a fourth-down punt by