The Dallas Cowboys opened the 2nd half on defense.
Chicago Bears 1st Possession:
Devin Hester beat rookie CB Morris Claiborne on a double move – TD pass from about 40 yards out. There was some controversy about whether the ball hit the ground, but it was ruled a catch. Chicago 17- Dallas 7.
Dallas Cowboys 1st Possession:
Cowboys started on the 20. Gruden chastised Ogletree for losing 1 yard on a 5 yard catch; Ogletree went ‘east-west’ instead of ‘north-south’. On 3rd and 5, Romo hit Witten for the 1st down (4 catches, ZERO drops). Romo then uses play-action to hit Bryant for 26. He then went right back to Bryant, complete at the Chicago 16. Drive ends on interception that hit Ogletree in the hands and bounced out. That blunder at such an important time will cause people to question whether he is really the No. 3 WR in Dallas.
Chicago Bears 2nd Possession:
Cutler hit Brandon Marshall again to get the Bears off their 6 yard line all the way to the 30. Ware forced yet another fumble from the QB, finally a teammate recovered. Victor Butler made he recovery.
Dallas Cowboys 2nd Possession:
The Cowboys had the ball at the Chicago 30. Romo coughed up the ball, Chicago scores another TD off a turnover. Chicago 23, Dallas 7.
Dallas Cowboys 3rd Possession;
They started on the 20, and they went to no huddle quite quickly. Despite being down a few scores, Garrett continued to mix in the occasional run to Murray, usually a draw. The long drive was led by short throws to RBs and Witten. Romo missed Austin on potential TD. Bryant drops the 3rd down catch. FG from 39 yards was good. Chicago 24 – Dallas 10.
Chicago Bears 3rd Possession:
Dan Connor made a nice open field tackle on the ever dangerous Devin Hester on the kickoff. Morris Claiborne appeared to make a huge play to give the Cowboys new life when he stripped the ball from Bears Wr Jefferey and then recovered it simultaneously. The play was challenged. And reversed. Chicago kept the ball. Cutler then hit his TE on 3rd and 4 for 20+ yards and inside Cowboy territory.
CB Brandon Carr had WR Brandon Marshall in single coverage on a big third down. Marshall made a huge catch, Carr complained that Marshall committed a penalty.
On 3rd and goal, Carr was called for pass interference despite what looked liked a deflection from DB Danny McCray. Rob Ryan screamed that McCray’s tip of the pass would change the pass interference rule, Jason Garrett, a bit late with his red flag, eventually threw the challenge.
The difference was 1st and goal or a FG.
Either way, it became a 3 possession ball game. Chicago 27 – Dallas 10
Dallas Cowboys 4th Possession:
WR Dez Bryant was wide open and dropped what would have been a huge gain. Romo went right back to Bryant, trying to showing some confidence in his young WR. On 4th and 3, Romo got 16 from Austin in the slot. RB DeMarco Murray continued to fight valiantly when he got the ball, but he did not get enough touched. Tony Romo then threw another interception.
Chicago Bears 4th Possession:
With less than 10 minutes left in the game and a 17 point deficit, Jason Garrett wisely started to use his timeouts. A play that could have easily been an interception by DB Danny McCray, turned into yet another 1st down conversion by a Chicago Bear TE.Rob Ryan’s all-out blitz resulted in Danny McCray getting beat by Brandon Marshall for another TD.
Dallas Cowboys 5th Possession:
Romo threw his 5th interception.