Week 5 of the NFL season had a lot of big showdowns on Oct. 6. However, a few of them were more one-sided than expected and exposed more than a few aspiring contenders. But almost no one was talking about those games while Peyton Manning and Tony Romo lit up Arlington, although the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys finally reverted back to form at the end.
The Broncos’ form is winning in the regular season, as they finally did by 51-48 over the Cowboys. As for Romo, his form tends to be making a colossal mistake, at least when he has a chance for an image-changing moment. With the score tied at 48 and with 502 yards already, Romo had a chance to lead the Cowboys to an upset and break the NFL single-game record for passing yards.
But with under three minutes left, Romo’s final throw of the game was completed to Broncos’ linebacker Danny Trevathan. It put Denver at Dallas’s 24, and with 96 combined points scored already, a second big defensive stop in the final minutes was too much to expect.
Ironically, a field goal capped this day of non-stop touchdowns, as Matt Prater kicked a virtual chip shot with time running out. However, the Broncos’ real offensive fireworks came from Peyton Manning, who got to 20 touchdowns this season with no interceptions until he was finally picked off late in the third. In fact, that pick led to the Cowboys taking the lead in the fourth, before the game went back and forth the rest of the way.
Dallas had a 14-0 lead early, a 48-41 lead in the fourth and a chance to put together the winning drive. None of this was enough to give the Broncos their first loss -- and none of it stopped the 2-3 Cowboys from keeping first place either.
It didn’t feel like it in the end, but there were other NFL games besides the Broncos-Cowboys on Oct. 6. Here is a list of the best and worst games of the day, although only one got recognized as the early game of the season.