Cardinals forced Cowboys into burning a timeout, which proved to be a difference-maker

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At the time, it didn’t seem a big deal. The Cardinals forced the Cowboys into burning their first timeout of the second half with 4:04 remaining in the third quarter.

It ended up being one of the biggest plays of the game.

The Cowboys had burned their final timeout right before Chase Edmonds fumbled and Dallas recovered with less than three minutes remaining. Officials ruled Edmonds down, and the Cowboys couldn’t challenge it because they were out of timeouts.

“Yeah, they had told me up top [the Cowboys] were out [of timeouts],” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “I knew that they couldn’t challenge it, so we kind of slowed it back down and ran the play we wanted to get into.”

The Cardinals said they had no intention of going for it on fourth-and-five from the Dallas 8-yard line, holding a 19-7 lead late in the third quarter. They left much of their offense on the field, along with kicker Matt Prater, in hopes of getting the Cowboys to do what the Cowboys did — call a timeout. (The Cardinals kicked a field goal after the Cowboys called the timeout.)

“Yeah, we did,” Kingsbury said. “[Special teams] coach [Jeff] Rodgers had that one up. A tremendous thought by him, and it ended up being a huge play in the game. They didn’t have that challenge left, so [you’ve] got to give him a lot of credit for that call.”

It’s something the Cardinals practiced last week, quarterback Kyler Murray said, and the confused Cowboys failed to cover Christian Kirk, A.J. Green or Zach Ertz before calling the timeout. Murray also was on the field.

“At the end of the day, that was a crucial moment in the game,” Murray said. “I don’t know if Chase actually fumbled the ball, but they couldn’t do anything. That was crucial.”

Edmonds did actually fumble the ball before he slid to the ground with 2:51 remaining in a three-point game. Osa Odighizuwa recovered for the Cowboys for what should have been their ball at their own 29.

“[If] they get the ball with Dak Prescott with a minute left and down three, that’s not a situation we wanted to be in,” Kingsbury said.

Give Rodgers and Kingsbury credit for one of the coaching moves of the week.

13 responses to “Cardinals forced Cowboys into burning a timeout, which proved to be a difference-maker

  1. When you get outcoached by Kingsbury thinking you might be in the wrong profession , lol .

  2. I have to say, I’ve been impressed by Kingsbury on the whole. I feel like those who doubted him at the beginning should start giving him some due credit.

  3. I never understand why teams burn their timeouts early in games. Its not as bad in the first half but you always want them before the half or at the end of the game to help your offense and defense. Burning them to avoid five yard penalties are dumb.

  4. You know what else was a difference maker? The officials not ruling Edmunds out of bounds when he clearly was, so the Cowboys HAD to use their last timeout prior to the fumble.

  5. Coaches shouldn’t have to use one of their own timeouts to get the calls right. That should be included in the deal. It’s crazy that we get to see the correct call from our coaches at no charge, yet the referees are prohibited from seeing the correct call. When you choose to ignore video evidence, that’s on the league. Not the coach.

  6. After he fumbled he touched the ball while he was out of bounds. If reviewed properly it still wouldn’t have been a turnover. That’s how I saw it.

  7. Things happen all the time in games and I’m not going to blame the refs themselves. I will blame the NFL for not figuring this out. Maybe stop worrying so much about players pointing and waving at each other and figure out how not to let blown calls change entire outcomes of games.

  8. It wasn’t a turnover anyway. Edmonds touched it while out of bounds. He was also horse collar tackled if we want to go deeper. Refs made bad calls all game against both teams. Two straight ridiculous PI calls against the Cardinals, and then they missed an obvious one later on the same drive.

  9. People aren’t understanding the definition of a horsecollar tackle. It has to be on the jersey or shoulder pads, usually pulling backwards so that it buckles the knees. Tackling by the helmet is legal as long as it isn’t twisted by any helmet opening and most of the significant contact on the tackle was the hit from behind. I’ve seen much rougher helmet tackles on short slot receivers all the time that never get called as anything.

    That said, it looks like Edmonds was probably having part of his body out of bounds with the ball still bouncing off him so the fumble was a moot point probably anyways, and the Cowboys fault for not having a timeout left. That’s something you have to consider in your time management.

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