The Cowboys trailed 38-20 after three quarters. They reached the New York 6-yard line on their first drive of the fourth quarter. Instead of kicking a short field goal, though, Wade Phillips elected to go for a touchdown. Jon Kitna's fourth-down pass, intended for Miles Austin, was incomplete.
"We still needed another touchdown," Phillips said. "At that time, we were still down 18 points, so we needed a touchdown."
The explanation makes no sense. A field goal would have put the Cowboys within two scores. They later scored a touchdown, and a two-point conversion, so they could have been within a touchdown with 3:17 remaining.
Instead of an onside kick, the Cowboys could have kicked it deep.
They still would have had a chance in other words, instead of in need of a miracle.
-- Charean Williams