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3 Plays that Changed the Cowboys’ Season

The is underway for the . Typically, this means we should look ahead to both and the , something we've been doing and will continue to do on in the coming months. But it's time to look back a bit, and examine three key plays that changed the — for the worse.

Week 4: Ryan Switzer's Fumble

First, we go back to the fourth game of the year.

The Dallas Cowboys were 2-1 coming off two shaky performances in their last two games. They were playing the 2-1 , a team which we didn't think much of at the time, but that turned out to be the West champions.

Dallas controlled the first quarter and a half. The Rams couldn't stop & Co. and the Cowboys defense was holding up against the dynamic Rams' . Up 17-6, they forced another Rams punt, and were getting ready to potentially put the game away.

Instead, rookie fumbled the punt away to the Rams.

Los Angeles took over with fantastic field position, and scored their first touchdown pretty quickly. This fumble changed the entire feel of the game, and contributed to a tough early-season loss for the Cowboys, knocking them down to 2-2.

Week 5: Terrance Williams. Ugh.

After that tough loss to the Rams, no one gave the 2-2 Cowboys a chance when and the Packers came to town. Most expected the Packers to roll over Dallas, but the Cowboys fought hard for four quarters.

In the fourth quarter, leading by just two points, the Cowboys got the ball in their own territory with a chance to drive down the field and seal the game. The Packers defense struggled with Prescott and all game long, and this drive would be no different.

Instead, early on in the drive, Prescott's pass bounced off ' chest and into the arms of Damarious Randall.

Randall took the interception back for a touchdown to give the Packers a late lead. The Cowboys would drive and score on their next possession, only for Rodgers to break their hearts moments later.

If Williams had caught this pass, however, it would've been really unlikely for Rodgers to even have the chance to win the game.

Week 16: Dez Bryant. Ugh.

There were a ton of plays to choose from for this post, most of which came from this week-16 loss to the . With Elliott returning from and most of the early NFL games going the Cowboys way, all Dallas had to do to keep their playoff hopes alive was beat the reeling Seahawks.

Spoiler alert: they didn't.

I could've chosen Prescott's pick six or 's first fumble, but this play was really the end of the Cowboys' chances.

Following the best play of the night from both Prescott and Bryant, and down just 2 points in the third quarter, Dak's pass bounced off Bryant's hands for the interception.

This play felt like the dagger in the Cowboys' season, and in the end it probably was.

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I know this was probably depressing, but later this week I'll have the 3 best plays from the 2017 Cowboys season here on Inside . Hopefully that will lift spirits a bit.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Bradyhttps://kevinrobertbrady.wordpress.com
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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cowboy_up

It looks like Switzer was “interfered” with on that catch/fumble by his own player Kavon Frazier. He looks dangerously (and inexplicably) close to Switz perhaps distracting Switz on the catch. Frazier is also responsible for giving Rico Gathers his concussion in pre-season effectively ending his season. Wrong place, wrong time for Kavon.

Emilio Gonzalez

Kevin Brady I believe so too, I agree with you on that. Thanks

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