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Breaking Down Cowboys’ Late-Game Play-Calling vs Giants

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At NBC, I broke down the three passes the Cowboys ran with one yard to go for a first down on their second-to-last drive against the Giants.

The typical upside on a regular 2nd and 1 play wasn’t there. And since 2009, the Cowboys have run for a first down 83.6 percent of the time on 2nd and 1, compared to converting a first down on just 46.2 percent of their passes. Nonetheless, the Cowboys lined up in “Shotgun Spread” and Tony Romo was unable to connect with Jason Witten on an out route, setting up 3rd and 1. Although the numbers suggested the ‘Boys should have run on the play, I wouldn’t fault that particular call too much.

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