First and foremost I know I am way late on this post, but I could not watch the game until a few days ago due to reasons beyond my control. I did listen to the radio broadcast with Brad Sham and Babe Laufenberg when the game was live but I just finished watching the TV broadcast. On to my notes: - The 1st qtr was pretty good for both teams. The Chiefs defense singled Bryant to start out and Romo made them pay big time with two big throws. From then on the Chiefs had to pretty much double Bryant for the rest of the game. Frederick got a rude awakening by Poe as he couldn't handle his lateral agility and speed. The defense could have had an interception if Will Allen would have finished the play. It was "close, but no cigar." - The game really changed here in the 2nd qtr. Bob Sutton really threw alot of different blitzes to confuse Romo. He rushed from the right/left, overloaded sides, and in general made Romo unload the ball faster than he wanted to. He also used some old 46 fronts from Buddy Ryan to mix it up...the Chiefs threw alot of different looks at Romo at different situations and you could tell Romo looked uncomfortable. The defense played great and shut them out for the qtr, but Bruce Carter could have had a pick six if he would have finished the play as well. We had a 3 pt lead to end the half. - The 3rd qtr opening drive was a combination of mental/physical mistakes. Murray missed a huge hole partly because he didn't read Bernadeau's combination/scrape block. Frederick also gave up a sack again to Poe right up the gut which began the red zone problem on that drive. Don't forget that Leary had a false start that prompted the super conservative screen pass. I believe Romo saw the overload blitz coming from his left side but at the last second the S Lewis went to the other side to provide help. It's easy to second guess after the play but it appears Romo played right into Sutton's hand on that play. The defense came up flat this qtr, and Bruce Carter got juked out of his socks by Alex Smith's shoulder fake and got moved out of position trying to follow the QB's eyes. That's the downside of playing zone coverage and not staying disciplined. The next ensuing drive Lance Dunbar fumbles the ball and they take into Cowboys territory. 14-13 to end the 3rd qtr. - The next offensive drive was another fumble and that one is on Romo for holding the ball on a corner blitz. The next drive featured a wide open Bryant drop on a Romo deep ball. See the pattern yet? Luckily for us the defense came up with a few stops and held them to a FG. The final offensive drive was a bit puzzling because we had plenty of time but Romo/Callahan used an up tempo pace to get downfield. I believed Romo felt the rush prematurely and some of his footwork was poor on his throws. I'm not sure why we went away from running the ball but that surely would have helped stymie the rush some and take time off the clock. We didn't help the defense either as they looked worn down on that final drive. The takeaway for me watching this game is that we made alot of mistakes that cost us the ball game. 2 fumbles, missed assignments, undisciplined zone coverages, questionable play calling, and pre-snap penalties did this team in. I can see why some people were ready to jump off the ledge considering these are the same problems that have plagued the Cowboys for years. You have to credit the KC defense for playing a good game. Sutton had Romo going to checkdowns and throwing the ball short when they needed stops. At the same time though we need to be able to grind out yards running the ball even if that means it's 3-4 yds at a time. We had 5 carries for 32 yds in the second half, and they were all in the 3rd qtr. No carries in the 4th qtr at all, which tells me that Romo/Callahan were pressing to get points on the board and it led to more mistakes and to a predictable offense for Sutton. One last thing...with Bill Callahan calling the plays now and we've seen some of the same old "Jason Garrett tendencies" of pass, pass, pass, punt/FG - can we finally put the onus on Romo now since he's the common denominator?