Sunday, October 28, 2012
Drive of the game: Cowboys' three-and-out
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas – Momentum can be a funny thing.
The Cowboys had it in the third quarter with touchdowns on their first two drives and a Danny McCray interception. But they quickly lost it after McCray’s turnover.
Leading 24-23 and writing the best comeback in team history, the Cowboys had a real chance to possibly put New York away with another touchdown.
The first thing that went wrong, however, was a replay decision that took away 22 yards on McCray’s return. Instead of first down at the Giants 43, they had first down at their own 35.
On first down, Romo was sacked by Chris Canty for a 12-yard loss. On second down, a Tony Romo screen pass to Felix Jones was incomplete with Justin Tuck providing pressure. On third down Phillip Tanner picked up 13 yards on a dump pass, forcing a punt.
The Cowboys had scored on four straight possessions until that point and would not score again.
The Giants followed that drive with a 43-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes to re-take the lead 26-24 with 10:20 to play.