The Dallas Cowboys tried two fourth-down performs on the game’s first two drives whereas in Denver territory. The Broncos stonewalled Dallas at any time when, surroundings the tone for a 30-16 beatdown of the Cowboys.
On the first pressure, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy eschewed a doable 55-yard field aim to strive a fourth-and-1, but Ezekiel Elliott became as soon as stuffed within the backfield by Broncos well-known particular person security Justin Simmons.
After the Dallas defense compelled a short three-and-out, the Cowboys drove to the Denver 20-yard line. McCarthy again handed up a field-aim strive, but Dak Prescott overlooked badly on a fourth-and-2 pass.
The Cowboys going for it fired up a Broncos team that rolled to a truly easy victory.
Patrick made the Dallas defense pay, repeatedly making huge catches, going for 85 yards on four catches with a TD. All four of Patrick’s receptions went for a first down or accumulate.
Following Dallas’ 2nd overlooked fourth-down strive, the Broncos plowed 80 yards on 11 performs to mosey up 7-0 and kick off the onslaught.
“You choose the sphere with a exiguous bit of infuriate, if truth be told,” quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said of when teams mosey for it on fourth down. “Or no longer it is be pleased, ‘Hiya, man, they’re going for it because they’re announcing our offense is no longer going to attain or something.’ We talked about it within the huddle, and we aged it as motivation. … Or no longer it is one of those deals where you opt the sphere and OK, you beget a exiguous bit of added motivation to it. That you would possibly uncover that this day.”
The Broncos’ defense compelled Dallas into an gruesome day. The Cowboys transformed correct 5 of 13 third downs and went 0-4 on fourth down.
McCarthy said that the early fourth downs were noxious execution, no longer nefarious resolution-making, even within the occasion that they gave Denver momentum.
“I imply, momentum, we focus on momentum swings the total time,” he said. “I mediate it be principal to answer to the total momentum swings. Namely whenever you beget it, what attain you attain with it, and when the opponent has it, how attain you answer to it? The selections, I’m wonderful with the choices. The execution, seriously the first one, that they had better defense than we had play known as — we had penetration in A predicament and couldn’t accumulate the ball to the brink on the launch air zone. They got right here in aggressive. The opinion became as soon as … you would uncover it correct away and we correct by no method got going.”
For a 63-twelve months-aged Vic Fangio, whose team controlled the game right thru, the Cowboys’ failures underscore the risk of going for it on fourth down.
“Every person desires to mosey for it on fourth down, correct?” Fangio said. “Fourth-and-1, fourth-and-2 — they cite the total numbers, so on and loads others. Nonetheless if you develop no longer accumulate them, it hurts. And we were the beneficiary of the distress.”