Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) is congratulated by teammates after kicking the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys End Giants Run and Start Playoff Push

I am in California right now, but I can tell all of you Cowboy fans are just beaming with happiness. The Cowboys needed this game and they got it. Their playoff dreams were on the line and they showed up.

For all the hue and cry about this defense, the one thing you could count on is turnovers. They continue to rip at footballs and it paid dividends yet again. This defense has the second highest takeaways in the NFL.

Speaking of the defense, they did give up a ton of rushing yards, but they bottled up Eli Manning for most of the day. I have to be honest, I was thinking that Manning would get the football back with a couple minutes, drive his team down the field and eventually score a game clinching TD or field goal.

It didn’t come down to that. Tony Romo needed some enormous catches from Dez Bryant to keep drives alive. In that final drive, the Giants decided to blitz on a 3rd down and Tony Romo gave Dez Bryant the “gun sign”. If you have watched enough Cowboys games you know that means Dez is going to get a back shoulder throw and sure enough that’s what happened.

To continue on that last drive, there needs to be a suspension of the NFL refs from that game. The NFL needs to hold refs accountable. Dez Bryant caught that ball and his knee was down.

The review booth upstairs should have understood the importance of that play and at least review it. These refs just dropped the ball on that play. Fortunately Cole Beasley was able to run a great route and help set up the game winning field goal.

Ok enough of this game, let’s look to the future. In my previous article (seen here) I said that the Cowboys were still playoff bound but needed this victory.  Now that they got it, they need to put Oakland out of their misery early on Thanksgiving.

If they can get go into their 11 day break at 7-5, then this thing gets interesting. Now you get Sean Lee back, Miles Austin should have the rust knocked off, and The Cowboys will not be forced to win every game down the stretch.

With Chicago and Green Bay coming up, it’s tough to envision the Cowboys winning both. Hopefully by that time, the Redskins will have imploded and the Cowboys can sneak a victory from them, but that’s harder to do that say.

So what am I saying? Your Cowboys are setting the table to host a playoff game in January. What they need to get there are division wins and to get Sean Lee back. One happened today and the other is coming.  Enjoy this victory Dallas, you earned it.

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