This is about celebrating a win that the die hard fans have been wanting and needing for over 13 years. Keith Brooking was right...it feels like King Kong has been lifted off our backs. We all deserved this one after enduring all of the ups and downs over the last few years. The Seattle playoff loss a few years ago and the Giants game to end the 2007 season were probably the two worst losses I can ever remember. This win doesn't erase those memories but it does ease the pain a little bit.
It is amazing to go on ESPN and watch those guys all fighting to get on the bandwagon first. I guess the Cowboys will forever be the best team in the league or the worst team in the league based on their last game in the eyes of ESPN. It sure feels good to see that so many of us who believed in this team and dealt with all of the mockery from the media, family and friends are being proven right about Tony Romo and the rest of the Cowboys.
Now, the key to everything here is the doors that have opened up for the Dallas Cowboys. Not only do they have a legitimate shot at making a run to the Super Bowl this year, but now that they have gotten over the hump it looks like the Cowboys will be contenders for at least the next four or five years. Expectations heading into this year were low and even the most optimistic fans like me were just hoping for one playoff win. Now the stakes will be higher and nothing less than a Super Bowl is going make most people happy from this point going forward.
It is great to see that we can now raise our expectations and realize that this team has the talent, experience, and intangibles to be one of the top teams in the league.
What went right: Well, basically everything. Felix Jones was unstoppable, Tony Romo was good, and the defense shut the Eagles down for the third time this season. Patrick Crayton had several excellent punt returns and Sean Suisham even made two field goals. The Cowboys forced turnovers and protected the ball. They scored touchdowns when they got in the red zone and they made the big plays that the Eagles could not make. DeSean Jackson was completely shut down again. I wonder if he'll be sending our any Twitter messages?
What went wrong: Marion Barber left the game early after aggravating his sore knee. Mike Jenkins made a boneheaded play after his interception to give the ball right back to the Eagles. The Cowboys committed way too many penalties. And Jason Witten did not have a good game. He committed several penalties and missed a few blocks during the game. Roy Williams missed a perfectly thrown ball that nearly resulted in an interception for Romo.
Things to Work on for Next Week: Reducing penalties has to be a priority. Jason Garrett has figured out how to beat the Eagles defense, but I'm sure the wide receiver screens won't be so successful in every game. Garrett will need to mix things up a bit more next week. Has anyone else noticed that each week there is only one play in the wild cat arsenal? It would be nice if they didn't line up and run the same play out of the wild cat all game long. Kick returns for the Cowboys were not good at all and they need to get better.
Make sure you stop and savor the feeling from this game for a few days. It has been a long time coming. Wins like this one help remind me why I get so emotionally invested in the Dallas Cowboys. The bad times are terrible, but the good times make it all worth it.