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Dallas Cowboys run away from ground game in historic loss to Green Bay

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The Dallas Cowboys may have just gotten Matt Flynn paid once again. Sunday’s 37-36 debacle has to be one of the more laughable moments in sports history. Dallas gave up a 23 point halftime lead in the most dramatic fashion. The Cowboys fourth quarter play even had Twitter weigh in, according to Sportsline.com.

Make no mistake, Dallas’ loss was a total team effort, but the whole world will harp on Tony Romo’s late game ineptitude. The Cowboys’ defense gave up five straight touchdowns in the second half. Three of those drives were 80 yards. The other two came off of a Tony Romo interception and a clutch punt return.

There were a combination of factors that contributed to the Cowboys’ demise. Whether you believe it was play calling, or play execution, seems to be irrelevant. Maybe Dallas lost the game because they panicked offensively.

However, their concern over the game was warranted. Dallas could not have gotten off to a worse start in the second half. It took Green Bay less than two minutes to score their first touchdown.

Still, the Cowboys first drive took over six minutes off the clock and it ended with a field goal. That left Dallas with a 19 point lead midway through the third quarter.

From that point on, all of Dallas’ offensive possessions should have featured the run. That’s where the coaching philosophy comes in. Demarco Murray had eight rushing attempts in the second half. Five of those attempts came in that first drive.

In the remaining four possessions, Dallas handed the ball off to Demarco Murray three times. It’s not certain, but Dallas could have handed the ball off three times in a row during any of those possessions and won the game. They actually might have gained a first down.

Even with the floundering state of the Dallas Cowboys, they still have a chance to win the NFC East. In fact, that’s the Cowboys’ only chance to earn a postseason trip. Dallas could go (5-1) in the division and not make the playoffs.

How much is Dallas crumbling? No one know's for sure, but the next two weeks will be telling.

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