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Cowboys defense really showed their mettle against Tampa Bay

The showdown between the and was a game that will stick with fans for a while. The entire team as a whole performed outstanding and defeated for the first time in his career. 

While I can go on and on about how the Cowboys' was impeccable, it's interesting that the only allowed 14 points against a that has won 7 Super Bowls.

Don't get me wrong, had arguably the greatest quarterback performance I have ever seen. With four passing touchdowns, a rushing TD, and 305 passing yards, this man deserves an award for sure.

The Cowboys' defense went into the locker room at halftime knowing that they just accomplished something that hadn't been done since 2002; they shut out Tom Brady in the first half of a playoff game. 

One of the big reasons they managed that is because of 's interception against Brady in the endzone early in the second quarter. This was the beginning of the end for the Bucs' offense, as it seemed like Tom never recovered.

Just before this heroic play by Kearse, a stat came on the screen describing how Tom Brady had not thrown an interception in the since the

It seemed like a lot of streaks were broken on Monday, mostly stats that benefited the Cowboys. 

Just before the half, a scary scene occurred for fans. It seemed that was injured on the very last play of the half. While he limped off the field into the locker room, some fans feared he would not return for the rest of the game.

The second half started with Parsons back on the field and ready to go after Tom.

The defense in the second half seemed to be more tired than the first, however, this wouldn't matter too much as they would only let up six points in the 3rd quarter and eight points in the 4th.

When the game ended, I noticed so many positive signs with the defense, one of them being our .

The Cowboys did an amazing job covering Tom Brady's passes and allowing only 35 completed passes out of 66. I saw so many blocked passes. The cornerbacks and safeties were on point for this game.

Another great improvement came from the .

While the defense only recorded 2 , the main attraction was the amount of pressure put on Tom Brady. Every play it seemed like there was a Cowboys jersey in his face right before he threw the ball.

Mental awareness was a BIG reason for the victory. It was a subtle detail but our defenders not letting Tom Brady get in their heads was amazing.

I was so worried that the inevitable was to come during this game — Brady gives our players the death stare and they all fall into a deep dark spell under him. Everyone on defense did a great job of not letting Brady get into their heads.

They kept the important things important, winning the football game.

I am very proud of this Cowboys team.

This was a huge win that will be held in the hearts of many who have suffered over the years. Welcome back Cowboys, welcome back.

Tony Stahl
Tony Stahl
Hey there! My name is Tony Stahl. I have two passions, writing and football, when you put those two together you have where I am now, Inside the Star! I am 18 and live in Fort Worth and am a huge Cowboys fan. Football is my most favorite topic and I could talk your head off all day about it.

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Hello Tony! Man oh man, what an incredible win for Cowboys Nation!!! I agree with you, I’m really proud of this team right now. Whether they win at San Francisco or not, it won’t take away from this amazing performance by the team as a whole. I am very concerned about Bret Maher and his all of a sudden can’t kick extra points. I didn’t like having him back in Dallas again period, but he had , up to the Washington game kicked alright for Dallas. It seems that his mind was still in Washington. I was hopeful the Cowboys would hold a kicking competition and get rid of him, but as of today he’s still on the team. I sure hope that the game with the 49’ers don’t come down to a missed chip shot field goal or a missed extra point. That would be heartbreaking after such a good season. Wishing the Cowboys all the best at San Francisco and hope that Maher won’t keep them from advancing.

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