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Stephens-Howling leads Cardinals over Cowboys in overtime

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Laurent Robinson makes the catch in front of Arizona Cardinals cornerback A.J. Jefferson in the first quarter during their NFL game in Glendale, Arizona. Reuters

The Dallas Cowboys appeared to be cruising toward the playoffs, but they hit a speed bump today in Arizona.

In a game the Cowboys had several chances to put away, they could never seem to do it. And when the game went into overtime, the Cowboys never even saw the ball: The Cardinals received the overtime kickoff and then marched 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown, with a short pass from Kevin Kolb turning into a sensational LaRod Stephens-Howling 52-yard touchdown, as Stephens-Howling winded his way through the Cowboys’ defense to give Arizona a big upset win.

Of all the opportunities the Cowboys had to put the game away, the one that will be most painful came just before overtime, when head coach Jason Garrett iced his own kicker, Dan Bailey: Garrett called a timeout just an instant before Dallas snapped the ball with seven seconds remaining, and Bailey followed through and kicked it through the uprights for what appeared to be the game-winner, until it became clear that the officials had waved the play off. After the timeout, Bailey got another chance at a game-winner, and this time he missed.

Garrett will kick himself for that decision for a long time, but the good news for the Cowboys is that they’re still in control in the NFC East. But today’s loss means that winning next week’s home game against the Giants becomes even more essential for the Cowboys.

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42 Responses to “Stephens-Howling leads Cardinals over Cowboys in overtime”
  1. silversun60 says: Dec 4, 2011 7:35 PM

    Ryan: Jason! Call Timeout to ice the kicker!

    Garrett: Are you sure that’s how it works? Aren’t we supposed to ice the other kicker?

    Ryan: No way! I’m sure it’s our kicker.

    Garrett: TIMEOUT!

  2. jimr10 says: Dec 4, 2011 7:36 PM

    The Cowboy loss is directly a attributed to jason Garrett…poor decisions. He looks like he took Jim Caldwell’s game and time management course. What can you expect from an egomaniax owner’general manager. And, that Rob Ryan can sure coach defense. LOL

  3. localbandhero says: Dec 4, 2011 7:36 PM

    Every one in the world is scratching their head about Garrett. Who ices their own kicker??

    Jerry’s press conference should be entertaining.

  4. 4t9er says: Dec 4, 2011 7:37 PM

    LOL at Garrett icing his own kicker.

  5. titosanoxy says: Dec 4, 2011 7:37 PM

    Wow.
    Garrett is a moronic ginger….fml

  6. westclaims says: Dec 4, 2011 7:38 PM

    To say that I am laughing is a huge understatement. So Romo doesn’t choke, but the coach does? That is hilarious. Where there is a will to lose, apparently, there is also a way.

    The cowboy fans (as usual), show up in number at the Cards stadium, making their usual noise. Merry xmas cowboy fans. Glad you made it out to the game. Cards fans would rather you see that in person than on TV.

    How bout that Kevin Kolb by the way???????

    I just LOVE IT.

  7. bobhk says: Dec 4, 2011 7:39 PM

    Crapboys and Garrett. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

  8. fumblenuts says: Dec 4, 2011 7:39 PM

    IDIOT head coach (Garrett) icing your own kicker!

    FIRE this FOOL and bring in Jeff Fisher.

  9. ppc50 says: Dec 4, 2011 7:40 PM

    Garrett is a joke and a QB Coach at best. His timeout to ice his own kicker was only part of his incompetent game plan today. Romo put them in position to win with a couple of timeouts and Garrett screwed that entire series up as well. They had 10 days to prepare for a 4-7 team. The Cards were blitzing the entire game – not one screen to the RB or even the WR. I don’t get what Jones was thinking giving Garrett the position in the first place. He is a terrible head coach, not a motivator, and his players have less discipline than when Wade was around. Jones is losing a lot of longtime fans because of these dumb decisions. They have talent and were in the position to wrap it up vs a 4-7 team and blew it. Garrett threw Wade under the bus, with the help of Witten and Romo, and his coaching decisions are insane.

  10. dallassux says: Dec 4, 2011 7:40 PM

    Shocker. Romo is already 0-1 on December. Some things never change. But don’t worry cowgirl fans, at least he once played with broken ribs.

  11. doe22us says: Dec 4, 2011 7:41 PM

    Times like this are when i want to see Jerrah’s face on TV.

  12. pesh00 says: Dec 4, 2011 7:41 PM

    The special teams coach Asked fir the timeout but why would ice your own kicker. Just plain dumb…..the game next week against Giants will be huge.

  13. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 4, 2011 7:41 PM

    Aaaaaaahahaha

  14. hillzmickelzon says: Dec 4, 2011 7:41 PM

    Jeff fisher better cancel that hunting trip in march because after baliey missed that kick, i know jerry jones is thinking do i need to make a move here?

  15. superobnel says: Dec 4, 2011 7:43 PM

    thanks Jason garret…wth

  16. romoscollarbone says: Dec 4, 2011 7:44 PM

    In all my life, I have never, EVER seen anything like this. You have 24 secs, 2 timeouts and you’re content to attempt a 48yarder, ok, that’s fine your kicker bangs it thru, but wait, YOU ICE YOUR OWN KICKER. GIVE ME a Goddamn break. Garrett is a Princeton educated clown ass backup QB.

  17. cornersportsnet says: Dec 4, 2011 7:45 PM

    The rookie cowboy coach bungled the last twenty seconds of regulation,when is a 50 yard fg a chip shot,then you freeze your own kicker with a time out .You call time out with 22 seconds get 5 more yards then kick it its a easier fg……Cowboy coaches coached like some pop warner coaches. On that drive

  18. howley1 says: Dec 4, 2011 7:48 PM

    Shocker. Romo is already 0-1 on December. Some things never change. But don’t worry cowgirl fans, at least he once played with broken ribs.

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    And Vick… didn’t. 4-8, Eagle fan.

    Poor game management. Calling a timeout rather than trying to down the ball at the end of the 4th leaves 25 seconds on the clock and enough time for 2-3 plays to shorten that FG attempt. And Garrett… icing your own kicker? Really? Who do you think you are? Andy Reid? haha

  19. 4t9er says: Dec 4, 2011 7:49 PM

    The NFC East was swept this weeks.

  20. gcsuk says: Dec 4, 2011 7:51 PM

    Cowboys may be in First in the division, but they sure haven’t looked dominant. As a Giants fan, I like the Giants chances against the Cowboys twice in the next 4 weeks.

  21. howley1 says: Dec 4, 2011 7:53 PM

    How bout that Kevin Kolb by the way???????

    ————————————————————-

    Still not worth Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd and a $63.5 million contract. Unless you think a 2-6 record as a starter is worth all that.

  22. fissels says: Dec 4, 2011 7:55 PM

    Cowboys are not really a playoff team

  23. gdeli says: Dec 4, 2011 7:58 PM

    awesome game cards! as good as some SB’s. Hey dallas, enjoy the 3 SB’s from the hershel walker trade cause you ain’t gettin’ any more! of course the vikes suck for 51 years! truth.

  24. dallassux says: Dec 4, 2011 7:58 PM

    And Vick… didn’t. 4-8, Eagle fan.

    Poor game management. Calling a timeout rather than trying to down the ball at the end of the 4th leaves 25 seconds on the clock and enough time for 2-3 plays to shorten that FG attempt. And Garrett… icing your own kicker? Really? Who do you think you are? Andy Reid? haha

    Hook,Line and Sinker Vox….I mean Howley. I knew you would take the bait. Vick has nothing to do with this article. Everything I stated is true, but nice trying to pick it apart. Bottom line: bad loss

  25. bobhk says: Dec 4, 2011 7:59 PM

    At least Shanahan was icing the cowboys kicker a couple of weeks ago. Doofus owner, worse head coach and a QB who usually serves up a couple of INTs.

  26. nekelund says: Dec 4, 2011 8:01 PM

    This is clearly divine vengeance for Rob Ryan having dared to besmirch the work of Tebow. Hopefully next time he will be properly awed.

  27. cometkazie says: Dec 4, 2011 8:02 PM

    doe22us says:
    Dec 4, 2011 7:41 PM
    Times like this are when i want to see Jerrah’s face on TV.
    +=+=+=+

    Jerrah’s a loser and it permeates the team.

    Al Davis in his prime knew how to be an owner. Jerrah ought to go back to the used car lot.

  28. TheWizard says: Dec 4, 2011 8:02 PM

    Said it before……..this guy was on Wade Phillip’s coaching staff, therefore he was part of the problem then.

    Not sure why he was thought to be a savior because they fired Phillips.

  29. bobhk says: Dec 4, 2011 8:03 PM

    Where was DeMarco Murray?

  30. westclaims says: Dec 4, 2011 8:10 PM

    Where’s Kolb from again? Oh yeah, TEXAS. Just too funny. Hope the league schedules the Cards against the cowboys again next year.

  31. Soulman45 says: Dec 4, 2011 8:14 PM

    The Cowgirls ice the kicker their own kicker what a team no wonder they have a hard time winning they play against them self.

  32. thefiesty1 says: Dec 4, 2011 8:25 PM

    They didn’t need to win. They are a game ahead of the Giants. Now they can split the division. Win one against them and their satisfied. Idiot call icing their own kicker. It wouldn’t of come down to that if they’d got off the bus with ANY intension of actually winning a game.

  33. acieu says: Dec 4, 2011 8:33 PM

    Nice Ryan coached defensive play.

  34. skleech22 says: Dec 4, 2011 8:42 PM

    Love Larod Stephens! Great kid and big heart! Had him in high school!!! Keep it going!

  35. dolphins4 says: Dec 4, 2011 8:46 PM

    How about them Cowboys

  36. unbiased8383 says: Dec 4, 2011 10:03 PM

    It’s disgusting how bad Garrett wastes the talent on this team. When he first started he had creativity. Now he sticks Dez at the X and never motions him, never puts him in the slot. It’s always the same either a slant, fade or comeback at 12 yards. It’s so easy to defend. You know when they’re gonna run it with their little fake throw draw every damn time or a sweep for 1 yard. With the weapons they have my God…Murray, Dez, Witten, Bennett, Felix, Robinson, Austin, Phillips, Tanner. Romo gets all the blame but jesus do you see the throws he makes? He has to pull an Iverson juke everytime he throws the ball. Garrett doesn’t do anything to take advantage of the matchups we could have. If Sean Payton was coaching this team we’d light it up like the 07 Pats. Instead we score 13-20 against crap teams. I’m done with him. I’m going to the game Sunday and even if we win I have had enough of him.

  37. phillybirds says: Dec 4, 2011 10:33 PM

    LaRod is a great guy. Friend of mine from PA. AWESOME FOR HIM! He deserves the spotlight.

  38. lookatthefarside says: Dec 5, 2011 12:33 AM

    Id like to nominate Stephens-Howling as Player of the Game.

  39. broncobillie says: Dec 5, 2011 1:32 AM

    Interesting how well Wade Phillips is doing since leaving the zoo…

  40. acieu says: Dec 5, 2011 7:15 AM

    Bring back Wade Phillips he looks good this AM.

  41. dwoofer says: Dec 5, 2011 12:33 PM

    The Cowboys lost because the defensive line was so tired on the last play from all the celebration dances they did when they tackled somebody

  42. momentumtech says: Dec 6, 2011 4:36 AM

    That was the worst time management I have seen this year and I am a Jags fan who have had really horrible ends of games also.

    Two time outs and you dont call one with the clock running with about 25 secs. Clock management 101 as simple as it gets. With just one timeout you probably wont call it because you might need it for the field goal but with two time outs … friggin no brainer.

    Well we didnt want to lose yards… then run the ball and pick up a nice 5 yard chunk maybe more with the defense expecting pass. Then call your timeout. The kicker has been uber-accurate all year but he doesnt have the biggest leg … as seen by the second kick after the icing.

    And it looked like the special teams coach asked Garrett to call the time out which essentially iced their own kicker. So the blame is shared in that situation. But two terrible calls in a row nonetheless.

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