I think it was, and it could have cost the cowboys the game if Seattle had not lost their kicker. Here is the situation: Dallas 3 Seattle 3 2nd qtr 3.12 remaining Ball is at Seattle 40. Now to me this is a battle of defense and field position, and the chances of making this long of a kick is 50 / 50. Miss the kick and you give Seattle great position at the Seattle 48. This is not smart to me, I think you punt and try to down ball inside the 10. By missing Seattle now got the upper hand in field position, and they drove a short distance for a FG. then after kicking off we got the ball at our own 25. Now had we punted and held Seattle to 3 and out we would have had upper hand still in field position. If we had made the FG it is only 3 points, early in the game, so not really worth losing in field position. Now 2 things I read later that the kick by maher was partially blocked or deflected, and on re-watch hard to tell but it might have been. 2nd thing is when a team misses a FG the ball is evidently spotted at the point the ball is kicked from, not the LOS! I didn't know this, and was wondering why LOS was the 40 but Seattle started at the 48. But this is the type of decision making by JG that just isnt good. He should know better by now. In this type game and that situation it is smarter to punt, and make Seattle drive long way for any points they get, dont give them a short field. I will add that if I were HC in playoffs, I would not put maher out there unless it was 48 yds or closer, except if time is about up in half or the game. punt and play field position.