A Tale of Two Halves as Dallas Improves to 5-6

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by CaptMoe, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. CaptMoe

    CaptMoe Walk On

    Jul 27, 2012
    This is a very intriguing team, these Dallas Cowboys. And we're not talking about the REAL team. We're talking about the team without Romo at QB. The team that actually looks to run the ball, especially when trying to stay ahead of their opponent and chew some time off the clock. These Dallas Cowboys have come around these last 2 weeks. Facing 2 teams with winning records they have surprised the experts and have come out with a 2-0 record against those two powerhouses.

    The first quarter really set the tone for the Cowboys. The defense stopped the Browns on 3rd and 1, forcing a punt. The offense drove down the field, keeping the Browns' defense off balance, and ended the drive with another Murray TD, to make it 7-0. An INT by OLB J. Durant to start the 2nd qtr was converted into a D. Bailey FG to make it 10-0. Another defensive stop and the Dallas offense was rolling. In the redzone, M. Austin came free across the middle but, Echevaria mistakenly threw it to D. Bryant, who was double covered. Instead of potentially going up 17-0, the Cowboys found themselves on defense and struggled to stop the Browns. T. Richardson punched it in from 9yds out to make it 10-7. Dallas would attempt to get into FG range one more time but Bailey's 58yd attempt fell short and was almost returned for a TD.

    Then the 2nd half started. Dallas would receive the ball and once again, the offense seemed to be clicking. Murray broke free for a 32yd run to make it 17-7. An INT by M. Claiborne gave the Cowboys the ball back and Echevaria took advantage by hitting Austin for a 23yd TD to make it 24-7. The rout was on.

    Not so fast. The Browns would return the ensuing kickoff 99yds for a TD to make it 24-14. Echevaria would give the Browns another possession with his 2nd INT of the game. The Browns were gaining momentum. T. Benjamin broke free across the middle and scored from 26yds out to make it 24-21. Another defensive stop by the Browns gave their offense a chance to pull ahead. And that's exactly what they did as T. Richardson took it around the LT for a 33yd run to make it 28-24, Browns with 3:43 left. Dallas answered with an 18yd Murray run to make it 31-28, Cowboys. Browns' QB T. Taylor would find TE J. Cameron for a huge gain, 57yds down to the 2yd line. From there T. Richardson would punch it in to make it 35-31, Browns. Dallas would get the ball back with :48 left in the game and 1 time out.

    Echevaria went to work, starting from his 20yd line. A couple of quick passes later he would find rookie TE T. Bryant who broke a few tackles and got down to the 2yd line after a 51yd catch and run. The Cowboys tried to punch it twice but ended up losing 2yds. Facing a 3rd and goal from the 4 and the clock ticking. Echevaria came to the line, took the snap and fired between 2 defenders to hit the rookie TE for the game winning score as time expired, 38-35 your final score.

    This was truly a classic game and really a crazy 2nd half. After combining for only 17pts in the 1st half, both teams blew up for 56pts in the 2nd half. Despite throwing another 3 INTs, QB J. Echevaria had his 1st 400yd game of his short career and led the team to a huge moral win.

    GG Pope...
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  2. thafuture3886

    thafuture3886 Power Rankings Analyst

    Jul 23, 2010
    Wow sounds like a hell of a game
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    CHUNKNESS Commissioner Quality Simulation Football

    Jun 13, 2010
    Gotta love those games that come down to the wire. Nice win Moe.
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