The Super Bowl is now over and the quest for the Dallas Cowboys to win next year’s championship is about to begin. Looking back on what the team accomplished, it was a very good year and there was plenty of individual awards collected over the weekend.
But watching the Super Bowl last night, it was hard not to think of what the Atlanta Falcons did to lose the game. They were up by eight points with 4:40 left to play and the ball was on the New England 22 yard line. All the Falcons had to do was run the ball three times to set up a field goal attempt to go up 11 points.
Do that, and the Falcons are hoisting the Lombardi Trophy and bringing it back to Atlanta.
However, one rush, one sack and one holding penalty later and the Falcons were forced to punt. No points, no bleeding the clock or the Patriots of their timeouts and the result was a choke job of epic proportions.
Which leads us to the Cowboys. Often we talk about the identity of the team, how they like to establish a physical tone with their offensive line and the running game. Yet they suffered the same fate as the Falcons in their playoff matchup. Ezekiel Elliott was the best running back in the league this season and Dallas failed to run him in obvious rushing situations against the Green bay Packers. It cost the Cowboys points and probably the game, much like it cost the Falcons last night.
It’s just so difficult to understand why the Cowboys didn’t stick to the nature of their offense at times during the season. It’s all I could think of when Atlanta disregarded the run when they should have sealed the Super Bowl; that Dallas did the same thing on two third and short situations in the playoffs.
Some things are just too hard to understand. And get over. Running the ball still wins games in the NFL.
And forgetting to run the ball still loses them.
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