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October 26, 2010

Cowboys pass on field-goal try

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


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coach cupcake at his best in defending his off base theory of not kicking the field goal, instead of gambling.

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