IRVING, Texas – While there were a handful of memorable plays from Sunday’s game with the Browns, like always, there are some that may go unnoticed.
Here are five plays that might have been overlooked, but still had a factor in the outcome.
(Plays listed in chronological order)
1. Weeden’s overthrow – The Browns showed no fear early in the game and already led 7-0 and were driving for more. On third-and-9 from the Cowboys’ 33, Brandon Weeden overthrew a wide open Josh Cooper on the left sideline for what would’ve been a first down, likely putting the Browns inside the Cowboys’ 15. Instead, they settled for a field goal and kept the game manageable.
2. Ware/Hatcher combine for sack – The Browns went through the first half without allowing a sack, but on a key third-and-9 from the Cowboys’ 41-yard line, and already leading 13-0 and looking for more, Weeden took a split sack from
3. Lob pass to Bryant – Trailing 13-3, the Cowboys hadn’t provided much offensive firepower, especially in the passing game. But on a second-and-4 from their own 17,
4. Fourth down to Vickers – Of all the receiving options the Cowboys seem to have, fullback
5. Touchdown to Watson – Now, TD passes typically don’t make this list of plays you might forget, but how and when this play occurred proved to be big. Cleveland started with a first down on the 17-yard line after a questionable horse-collar tackle with 1:10 left. The Cowboys had just one timeout as well. But, Cleveland had to focus on scoring and taking the lead. Weeden found Watson in the end zone for a touchdown and a 20-17 advantage, but the drive lasted just three seconds. The Cowboys were able to get the ball back with their one timeout and drove for the game-tying field goal.
Bonus Plays: (Since the game went to overtime, we can provide a few more key plays as well)
6. Late-drive Penalties – The Cowboys took advantage of 50 yards in penalties to get into field goal range. A 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty that knocked
7. 13-yarder to Miles – In the first possession of overtime, Romo converted a third-down pass to
8. Unreviewable play – For some reason, the officials decided not to review a potential fumble by Austin, stating the pass was ruled incomplete. The officials blew the call dead immediately, although the Browns defenders recovered the ball. The Cowboys were able to pick up a first down and eventually win the game on Bailey’s field goal.