Cowboys vs Bengals: 4 Pivotal Play for Dallas
A handful of plays changed the course of the Cowboys’ 20-19 win in Cincinnati. I took a look at four of the most crucial plays.
With the Cowboys down 19-10 midway through the fourth quarter in Sunday’s monumental win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Tony Romo threw an incomplete pass to Miles Austin on 2nd and 10 at the Bengals’ 42-yard line. It might seem inconsequential, but Dallas faced longer odds to win after that pass than at any other point in Week 14. With 7:24 left to play, the Cowboys’ odds of winning, according to Advanced NFL Stats’ win probability graph, were just 11 percent.
Just as they have done numerous times this year, the Cowboys overcame being significant underdogs to obtain the comeback victory. Let’s take a look at four vital plays that shaped the game for Dallas. . .
1: Brandon Carr Interception
Already down by seven in the second quarter, the Cowboys’ defense was giving up ground to Cincinnati. On a 1st and 10 at midfield, however, Carr intercepted Andy Dalton on the quarterback’s pass to A.J. Green, returning it to the Bengals’ 27-yard line. Instead of going down by two scores early, the Cowboys scored a touchdown of their own to tie the game at 10. The interception increased the Cowboys’ chances of winning from 20 percent to 35 percent, and it rose as high as 50 percent following the DeMarco Murray touchdown on the subsequent drive.
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