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DAL 27, TB 20: Cowboys Overcome Bad Calls, Win Division

The secured a division title, and home playoff game, with a 27-20 victory over the in .

had arguably his career game, forcing one fumble and recovering another to go along with a single sack. He also continued to be the victim of bad , getting called for a ridiculous roughing the passer that helped keep a Tampa touchdown drive alive.

Indeed, the referees may have been the story of this game. There were numerous questionable calls against Dallas, including missed that should have been called against the Buccaneers. Still, Randy and his teammates overcame the adversity.

Gregory's big day was needed with veteran going down on just the second play of the game. A neck forced Crawford to be carted off the field and taken to the hospital, but so far there have been good reports about his condition.

The responded early, with Gregory's forced fumble leading to a rare defensive touchdown. picked up the ball and took it 69 yards to the house. The Bucs were held to just a field goal in the first quarter.

The defensive effort supplemented low production from the . had just 161 passing yards and ran for only 85 yards. But Dak did score twice, one on the ground and another on a pass to .

Dallas now heads to New York for what should be a meaningless game in terms of standings. We'll see how they decide to manage their roster against the Giants.

Other Notes

  • While Zeke's 85 yards was low, it's better than the zero that will get today. The Rams will sit Gurley today with a knee injury, which all but assures that Elliott will win the this season.
  • hit a 59-yard field goal towards the end of the first half. While his 83% accuracy isn't quite the standard, his ability to hit from extreme distance is very nice -off.
  • was credited with 15 total tackles to lead the team. Jaylon Smith was next in line with 10, and also had two big pass breakups. He also that little fumble return for a touchdown, too.
  • had a sack to get to 9.5 for the year. We'll see if he plays next week and gets a shot at making double digits for the second-straight season.
  • was among the team's inactive players today, although reportedly healthy enough to play.  Dallas is still limiting his reps, though, and reportedly needed more bodies for .
  • The Cowboys' ninth win assures a winning season for . He has coached the team to winning record in four of the last five years.
Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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