Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday 27-23, and no one on the Cowboys sideline seemed able to explain exactly how the hell that happened. Many Cowboys players watched dumbfounded as Romo’s toss to Dwayne Harris resulted in a game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds remaining.
“Not sure what happened there,” said Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee. “One minute we were losing with time running out, unsure what to do, and we’re used to that. Confusion, penalties, too many men on the field, that’s always been our game. Then Tony started throwing the ball, and our guys started catching it. I gotta give credit to the Vikings for being bad enough to let it all come together for us.”
“I can’t explain it,” said Romo. “Normally we screw up with false starts or delay of game penalties. A lot of times we totally forget to call time outs. We can usually count on ourselves to have more than twelve guys on the field. Sometimes it’s less, like 10 or 8, because who knows who’s coming or going. Football is a complex game with complex situations. That’s why I’m really proud of this team, the way they came together. It’s not what we normally do, and it’s really special to be a part of something we can’t normally do. We’ll watch the tape and see if we can figure out what happened.”
When asked at what point he thought the Cowboys were running out of ways to lose the game, tight end Jason Witten said, “I thought we had it lost when (wide receiver) Dez (Bryant) took us out of field goal range with that unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. We always do our best to look for opportunities to exploit our own weaknesses and Dez came through for us there. He did it again when he dropped an easy first-down on 2nd and 18. We ended up punting, and I was pretty sure we were done. Next thing I know, Tony can’t incomplete a pass to save his life and Dwayne (Harris) is dancing in the endzone. I’m like, WTF?”
Fans were left scratching their heads as well. They are used to standing up and shouting at their team to get their shit together as the fourth quarter winds down with the game in the balance.
“I’m shocked,” said Arlington resident Chad Bauer. “I came here expecting a close game blown by bad clock management.”
Other fans said they felt ripped off not getting to see the Cowboys run out of time while attempting half a dozen desperate laterals from their own 30 yard line.
“I like those plays,” said Jamie Stiles of Fort Worth. “They remind me of high school. I didn’t get to see that today.”
Next Sunday, the Cowboys have a chance to return to normal against the New Orleans Saints, who are a much better team than the Vikings.