Snap Judgments (cont.)
Posted: Friday November 30, 2007 12:04AM; Updated: Friday November 30, 2007 12:33AM
The play of the game in my book? That 35-yard Tony Romo to Patrick Crayton pass on third-and-19 from the Dallas 11 late in the third quarter. Absolutely everything was going Green Bay's way in the previous quarter-plus before that momentum turner.
This much we now know: Jarrett Bush is no Charles Woodson. The Cowboys second-year reserve cornerback, playing in place of the injured Woodson (toe), was beaten like a dirty rug by Romo in the first half. Bush was the not-too-defending defender on the first two Cowboys touchdowns -- passes of three yards to Crayton and 26 yards to tight end Anthony Fasano. He also got called for a 40-yard pass interference penalty on Dallas receiver Miles Austin, which gave the Cowboys the ball at the Packers' 10 and set up their third touchdown.
Injuries determine so much of who wins and who loses in the NFL, but you tend to forget until you see how much the drop-off in talent level can be between a first and second-teamer.
Maybe it's cliché, but the pregame moment of silence in memory of murdered Redskins safety Sean Taylor was a gesture that felt right. In addition, players on both teams wore decals on their helmets that featured Taylor's No. 21 jersey number.
What was up with referee John Parry and his officiating crew wearing their long-pants, cold-weather duds? They looked kind of silly given that it was pretty darn mild Thursday night at Texas Stadium. Maybe they psyched themselves out by watching too much of that old Ice Bowl footage.
And for the record, Parry and Co. had a pretty ragged night from this vantage point. There were several questionable calls on both sides.
Speaking of which, Al Harris stole that catch right out of Owens' hands. You know it. I know it. And I promise you, T.O. knows it. Green Bay got jobbed on that one, probably because the play was so surprising, it slipped past even the side judge.
Don Meredith. Roger Staubach. Danny White. Troy Aikman. None of them ever threw for as many as 30 touchdowns in a season for the Cowboys. But Tony Romo has (he's actually up to 33), and he needed less than 12 full games this year to set the franchise record.
Wow. Packers running back Ryan Grant was through the Dallas defensive front seven so quickly on his 62-yard first-quarter touchdown run that Cowboys safeties Roy Williams and Ken Hamlin barely knew what blew past them.
I couldn't be more impressed with this game's two rookie kickers, the Cowboys' Nick Folk and the Packers' Mason Crosby. They both look like they don't even sweat.
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