Both Offenses had a hard time scoring points early in this game. The Cowboys couldn’t get anything going Offensively at all through-out the first three Quarters. The Lions were able to move the ball consistently but turnovers prevented them from lighting up the scoreboard early on.
Dallas was not able to capitalize off of the turnovers and it kept the Lions in the game. The Cowboys had some success running the ball early on with Joseph Randle but as the game wore on that was not the case. Detroit continually blitzed the Cowboys but they could not take advantage of the one on ones matchups on the outside.
Calvin Johnson tore the Dallas Defense a new one having a career day. He was able to consistently beat the coverage and make huge plays in the passing game no matter what coverage was used against him. Reggie Bush had a good game on the ground and also contributed in the passing game. The Cowboys were not able to put much pressure on Mathew Stafford at all in this game, he was given a clean pocket to work from.
The difference in this game was the turnovers for the Lions. They were able to move the ball at will but the turnovers killed their momentum on several of those drives. Sean Lee‘s two interceptions were the biggest plays of this game for the Cowboys. If not for them this game could have gotten away from the Cowboys.
Turning Point: With the Lions going 4 and out late in the fourth Quarter, the Cowboys were not able to gain any yards to run out the clock. The Lions Got the ball back with a little over a minute left in the game. The Lions marched down the field for the go ahead Touchdown with 12 seconds left.
This was an inexcusable loss for the Cowboys!!