October 16, 2011 - Dallas led New England 16-13. They had the ball with 3:36 to go in the 4th quarter. Dallas has the ball at their own 28. Dallas had scored on the last two possessions by touchdown passes from Romo. Three runs later they punt the ball and give the ball to Tom Brady with 2:31 to go and 3 timeouts. NE proceeds to get 16-11-5-10-9-2-13-6 yards on 9 plays, with only one incomplete pass. The 10th play, Brady throws to Aaron Hernandez for a 8 yard touchdown. After leading the entire game the Cowboys don't even try to get a first down, but run three punt, and lose 20-16 ________________________________________________________________________________ December 11, 2011 - Dallas leads the Giants 35-29. They have the ball on their own 20 with 3:14 to go in the game. Dallas had scored on the last two possessions by touchdown passes from Romo. They again had two runs for a total of 5 yards. On third down Romo was rushed and had to throw the ball away. They punted the ball away. The Giants got the ball at their own 42 with 2:12 on the clock. They scored in 6 plays and got a two point conversion to win the game 37-34. _________________________________________________________________________________ Now we have Sunday's game where the Cowboys ran three times, punted and lost the game. That's three losses where the conventional thing to do was to run the ball and punt. They lost all three games and everyone watching knew on all these occasions our defense would give up a touchdown and lose the game. If the occasions comes up again, I hope the team throws caution to the wind and throws to get a first down, instead of running for the sake of running. Maybe they can follow the lead of another coach in another time? ________________________________________________________________________________ January 17, 1993 - NFC Championship Game Dallas vs San Francisco Dallas led 24-13 in the 4th quarter, but Steve Young had gotten his rhythm and just scored, going 93 yards and cut the lead to 24-20. There was 4:22 left on the clock, and Dallas had the ball on their own 20. Coach JimmyJohnson was asked by OC Norve Turner what he wanted to do. Jimmy didn't hesitate. He said: Quote: "I want to score." So, on the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Turner called a play the Cowboys had run twice before in the game: 896 F flat, a play with standard personnel that calls for the flanker to run a 10-yard curl and the split end to run a post. Aikman chose to go to the post, where Harper, thanks to the 49er cornerback slipping on his cut, ended up running for a 70-yard gain to the San Francisco 9-yard line.Dallas went on to win the game and two weeks later won their third Super Bowl. All because Jimmy Johnson wanted to "Win the Game" instead of running clock. Maybe Dez is on to something?