Talk will abound about the Cowboys decision to not take a time out and then take a time out, essentially icing their own kicker, resulting in a missed field goal at the end of regulation of a 19-13 overtime loss to the Cardinals.
But there is plenty of blame to go around for the loss.
The offense gained only 75 yards on the ground and failed to score on five possessions inside Cardinals territory.
The Cowboys allowed just 49 yards in the first half and then 276 after intermission including a 52-yard touchdown catch by LaRod Stephens-Howling went untouched through the defense.
That is not including the block in the back penalty on cornerback Orlando Scandrick negating a 35-yard punt return by Dez Bryant that would have given the Cowboys a first down at the 25 yard line on their final drive.
The Cowboys possibly could have scored a game-winning touchdown of their own on the drive or set up a shorter field goal at the end.
And then there was cornerback Terence Newman’s interference penalty, bailing the Cardinals out of a second-and-19 situation on their game-winning touchdown drive in overtime.
This was not the stuff of a team looking to not only make a run to the playoffs but make some noise in the post season once it got there.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.