Judging by the Dallas media, Cowboys fans have seen this movie before: Cowboys have chance to win. Cowboys waste away final few seconds. Cowboys lose. That's one of the common themes this morning as Texas media try to explain how the Cowboys lost a game that they dominated for long stretches.
Here is what some Dallas-area media are saying about the Ravens' 31-29 win on Sunday:
Todd Archer, ESPNDallas.com
Oh, how the story would be different if Dan Bailey's 51-yard field goal try settled between the uprights in the final seconds Sunday....
If that kick does not float to the left, the talk is about Romo's fourth-quarter magic returning when the Cowboys needed it most against Baltimore, one of the AFC's best teams, in one of the toughest venues in the NFL. ...
But clock management issues arose again and the Cowboys let 15 seconds drift off the clock before calling a timeout with six seconds to play, forcing Bailey to take a shot from 51 yards. Had they picked up another 5-10 yards, maybe Bailey's kick does not drift wide, but it did, and Romo had to make the walk to the team bus, carrying a bag of Popeyes' chicken, knowing the Cowboys are 2-3, just like last year, when they finished 8-8."
Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"The Dallas Cowboys amassed 481 total yards and did not win the game. That is odd.
The Cowboys ran for 227 yards and did not win the game. That is hard.
The Cowboys had the ball at their own 46-yard line with 32 seconds remaining, one timeout, and ran but two offensive plays before settling for a 51-yard field goal attempt. That is inexcusable.
The Ravens defeated the Cowboys when they were clearly not the better team but managed to win because they simply were not the dumber team."
Randy Galloway, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Whatever you do, don't do that. Whatever the plan, it couldn't have been that, could it?
Excuse both the rant, and the confusion, but 20 seconds, 20 precious seconds, were wasted by the Dallas Cowboys at the end of Sunday's game, leading to, if nothing else, a flashback to the horror show of clock mismanagement in Arizona last season. That one was Jason Garrett's worst 2011 head coaching moment, and the lack of accountability in the aftermath still hangs over him.
Maybe not so much, which still doesn't excuse what appeared to be a blunder. ...
The Cowboys ended up losing a winnable game, falling 31-29 to the Ravens, and the lament of "oh-so-close" is becoming more hollow the more the Cowboys blow these kind of heartaches."
Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News
They committed all of their usual sins, which is to say there was a Tony Romo interception, a glaring special-teams bust and plenty of costly penalties.
But even after all that, the Dallas Cowboys had a chance to escape ... with a win after a dominating statistical performance that included amassing the most rushing yards ever allowed by the rugged Baltimore Ravens.
The football gods, though, apparently couldn't forgive all of Dallas' wrongdoing, and Dan Bailey missed wide left on a 51-yard field goal try with two seconds remaining."
Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPNDallas.com
Your Dallas Cowboys didn't lose because Dan Bailey missed a 51-yard field goal attempt into a swirling wind Sunday afternoon against the Baltimore Ravens. And they didn't lose because Dez Bryant dropped what should have been a two-point conversion following his diving touchdown catch with 32 seconds to play.
The truth is Baltimore beat Dallas 31-29 because the Cowboys committed a litany of dumb mistakes.
Do you know how hard it is to lose an NFL game when a team gains 481 yards -- 227 rushing and 254 passing -- totals 30 first downs and keeps the ball for 40 minutes and 3 seconds? It's virtually impossible, but give the Cowboys a handclap, because they did it.
The Cowboys finished with 13 penalties, the third time that's happened this season, for 82 yards. The Cowboys had three presnap penalties inside the Baltimore 15. Two of those drives ended in field goals instead of touchdowns.
It's just too hard to win games with that many unforced errors that result in points being given away."