The Gloat: Cowboys Redeem Themselves in Win Over Chiefs
Talk about redemption, there were all sorts of Dallas Cowboys, who got themselves some measure of revenge in the 28-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. For the second week in a row, it was a little closer than it should have been, but the Cowboys dominated the Chiefs and came away with their third straight win.
It was a bizarre game that started out slowly for both teams, who couldn’t get anything going offensively. Dak Prescott seemed to be a tad out of sorts to begin the game, missing throws high and refusing to run when he had lanes to gain big yardage. However, when Prescott began to use his legs, things opened up for the Cowboys.
Things got really crazy near the end of the first half when Prescott escaped the pocket and found Terrance Williams for a 56 yard gain. Three plays later, Dak scored on a 10-yard scamper to give Dallas what seemed to be a sizable 14-3 lead to end the half.
Instead, Byron Jones got a dumb unsportsmanlike penalty on the kickoff that gave the Chiefs some life as time was running out in the second quarter. Two plays later, Rod Marinelli used the dumbest defensive formation in NFL history and allowed Tyreek Hill a 40 yard head start with blockers in front of him. What happened next was a combination of good blocking, lazy tackling and a special player making a play, and the result was a 57-yard touchdown.
The score allowed the Chiefs to stay in the game and grab all the momentum away from the Cowboys. For all the great play from Dallas in the first 29:58, the worst prevent defense in history gave Kansas City all the momentum back with a chance to crush the Cowboys’ soul in the second half.
The Chiefs came out in the third quarter and doubled down, scoring a touchdown to take the lead and put the Cowboys in a desperate situation.
If you wanted to know what your Cowboys were made of, they showed you on the ensuing drive. They embarked on a 12 play, 75-yard drive that ended with an Ezekiel Elliott touchdown run. Good teams find a way to overcome, they answer points with points, and Dallas showed their mettle on that drive. The touchdown gave the Cowboys a lead they would never give back and it was a drive that may have saved their season.
They weren’t finished though, the defense got a three and out and gave the ball back to the offense. Dallas had already gotten the momentum back, but stepped on Kansas City’s throats with a 13 play, 60 yard drive that lasted over seven minutes and concluded with Cole Beasley’s second score of the day.
It was quite the flipping of the script for the Cowboys, who had lost the momentum, and the lead, in less than six minutes of game time. Their response, to take the lead right back and to score touchdowns on back-to-back possessions, was the ultimate redemption.
The Cowboys were led by Prescott, but a few players who are normally killed by fans showed up today as well. Terrance Williams had an outstanding game, while Taco Charlton picked a great time for his first career sack and Jeff Heath got the game clinching interception. All three gained a measure of redemption in the win.
The Dallas Cowboys needed this win to stay in the playoff race and they almost let it slip away. They showed their heart, grit and fight after one of the worst blunders in recent memory. That’s three in a row for the Cowboys, who remain in the hunt.
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