The Dallas Cowboys lost to the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 29 by the score of 30-21. It was the third year in a row the Cowboys have started the season with a 2-2 record and the fourth time in five seasons.
What was most heartbreaking to Cowboys' fans was that Dallas led 21-10 at one point, but the defense allowed the Chargers to score 17 unanswered points and the offense completely shut down in the second half.
San Diego struck first and the Cowboys defense had trouble slowing them down all game. The first touchdown was a Philip Rivers pass to Danny Woodhead from 26 yards out to put the Chargers up 7-0. Woodhead had just been activated this game for the Chargers.
Dallas answered with some great play, as Tony Romo and Dez Bryant started connecting at will, and Bryant scored on a five-yard touchdown reception after Dallas drove 80 yards for the score.
After a dumb call where Jason Garrett sent Dan Bailey out to attempt a 56 yard field goal, the Chargers took advantage of the short field and hit a field goal of their own.
After that, it looked like Dallas was going to put this one away. They drove the field again and Bryant caught his second touchdown of the game on a 34 yard reception and then Sean Lee picked off a Rivers pass and returned it 52 yards to put Dallas up 21-10.
Then San Diego just dominated the Dallas defense after that. They drove the field and hit a field goal with seconds remaining in the first half and then opened the second half with a strong drive that ended in Woodhead's second touchdown reception of the game on a seven yard pass.
The Chargers scored on another field goal to take a 23-21 lead in the game. With seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, Antonio Gates nabbed a big catch and raced 56 yards for the touchdown to put the Chargers up 30-21, a two possession game.
Dallas drove down the field, and just when it looked like they were going to score to bring it within two, rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams fumbled at the goal line and Dallas never had another realistic chance after that.
Next week, the Cowboys play the Denver Broncos, so there is a realistic chance they start the season 2-3 and struggling to find their identity as a team.