Dez Bryant set a new career high for receptions by hauling in 13 of Tony Romo’s 25 completed passes, for a total of 95 receiving yards and added two touchdowns, but his career game was overshadowed by his drop on the Dallas Cowboys two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game and given the Cowboys an opportunity to defeat the Ravens in overtime. After failing to catch the pass that went right through his hands, the Cowboys managed to recover an onside kick attempt and they had another chance to walk out of Baltimore with a 3-2 record. After getting the onside kick, Romo threw the ball down the sideline to a streaking Kevin Ogletree and although the pass fell incomplete, the Cowboys got 20-yards on the play due to a pass interference call on the Ravens CB, Chykie Brown. Following the big play, the Cowboys managed to get only one more yard on a pass play to Dez Bryant and then they called timeout and sent Dan Bailey out to attempt a 51-yard field goal to win the game. It was noted that Bailey was 2-4 from kicks 50-yards or further throughout his short career, so this wasn’t an easy kick, and Bailey was unable to convert the field goal try. He had the distance, but the kick went wide left and the Ravens fans erupted in celebration.
The positives that can be taken away from the game was the great play from the Dallas Cowboys running backs, DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones. The two backs had great games against the stout run defense of the Ravens. Additionally, Dez Bryant seemed to be unstoppable, getting open and catching any pass that was thrown in his direction, but like we previously said, his wonderful performance will be overshadowed by his drop that would have sent the game into overtime.
Next week the Dallas Cowboys will travel to Carolina where they will face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers had a bye this week, so Dallas better be ready for the Panthers who will have had two weeks to prepare for them, and hopefully the Cowboys aren’t looking past next week, because following the Panthers game will be the Cowboys second dance with the New York Giants.