Originally written October 21, 2012 on Fox Sports Southwest:
With a 19-14 win at Carolina on Sunday, the Cowboys proved they could win a game and avoid the costly mistakes of the previous shortfall at Baltimore. They also proved they can't trust their offense. And with good reason. The key moment came late in the fourth quarter with the Cowboys trailing by one and facing third-and-nine at the Carolina 15 yard line. A team with a lot of trust in its quarterback and receivers throws a short pass there, something safe enough to avoid an interception but long enough that a good move or a missed tackle gets a first down. Instead, coach Jason Garrett opted for a Phillip Tanner run up the middle. The result was a field goal, a 16-14 lead and 3:25 left on the clock for Carolina to mount a comeback drive. The Cowboys were given a second chance to put the game away after Carolina turned the ball over on downs. This time the situation was third-and-four at the Carolina 18 and the clock winding down to a minute. A first down basically salts the game ...
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