It’s the first game this season out of six games where Romo did not throw an interception as the Cowboys managed to hold off the 1-4 Panthers and get a hard fought 19 to 14 win. Had Romo thrown a pick in this game, I just don’t think the Cowboys would have been able to over come it and win. The game had that feel to it.
I said in my pregame blog that if Cam Newton throws an interception, the Panthers always lose. He did and they did. With a chance to score in the 2nd quarter, Cowboys rookie CB Claiborne intercepted Cam Newton in the endzone. Who knows, that just may have been the difference in this one as the Cowboys offense struggled to score again in this game. It’s only the second interception for Dallas this season.
Claiborne the rookie top pick also made a key pass break up on 4th down late in the game to give the ball back to Dallas so they could eat up clock and add a little FG insurance.
Romo threw a TD pass to Miles Austin for their only TD and Bailey went 4-4 on FG attempts to give the Cowboys just enough points to win this game. But it’s more of what Romo didn’t do which is throw an interception, that helped the Cowboys win a game that they really had to win.
The Cowboys were without RB DeMarco Murray so they were never able to get the running game cranked up like they did last week against the Ravens. Felix Jones gave a good effort in producing 44 yards on 15 carries and backup RB Tanner also contributed 30 yards to the cause.
Romo was not sacked at all this game so another good effort by an offensive line that has been called out all year for being inadequate. Center Ryan Cook had to come in and play in place of Costa after he left the game in the 2nd quarter with an injury. Some of Cook’s snaps weren’t perfect but they managed to play through it well enough to stay out of trouble.
Having Spencer back on defense was a big help as he had a sack and 6 tackles. Not sure Dallas pulls this one out without him in the line up today. The Cowboys defense held the Panthers offense to a miserable 2 of 10 on 3rd down.
Sometimes less is more and Romo not throwing an interception helped the Cowboys escape with a win they just had to have.