My hopes at the beginning of the year
I just want to make it loud and clear that I'm not particularly a Superbowl-or-bust type of person. This season as a Cowboy fan, I felt as if I would be satisfied with NFC championship appearance. This is what 13 years without a playoff victory will do to a Cowboy fan.
I think the NFC & AFC championship Sunday is more enjoyable than Superbowl Sunday for some strange reason. I don't know how to explain it, but that Sunday is my favorite part of season.
I will say that I had high playoff expectations the year we went 13-3, and really all I wanted to see was us get a shot at the Patriots in the Super Bowl, so even then I would of been satisfied that year without a ring.
The First Quarter
This is what I think determined the flow of the game... We had an opportunity to put some points on the board, but failed twice. We had an early fumble around the 35 yard line... Had we converted on that play it could of kept the drive alive or given us a chance at FG.
Then, we miss a FG 48 yards away. I can't get mad at Wade Phillips for choosing to kick the FG, but he should know that the chances of us picking up 1 yard are better than Shaun Suisham making that FG.
We've done this several times in the regular season and it P*SSES ME OFF, and that is dominate the first quarter in yards and have no points to show for it.
The Second Quarter
We had SECOND & GOAL from the 8 yard line and walked away with a FG... we can't do that, especially after what Sidney Rice did while Sensabaugh wasn't looking. Not only was I p*ssed about not getting the TD, but that was around the time we saw Flozell leave the game, and that's when I felt like we were in serious trouble.
I mean... who the f*ck Ray Edwards?
Next thing I know it's 14-3, and I still had hope. But I $hit you not, This game was over (in my mind) when I saw Jarred Allen murder Tony Romo with 6:30 left in the Second Quarter.
It made no difference that we were able to hold them to a FG and go into the half 17-3... and I don't think it would of mattered if we got a TD in the second quarter either.
We missed our opportunities in the first half, and we made crucial mistakes on top of that.
In all honesty, I think we could of possibly gone into second half up 10 points had we eliminated a few key plays... and even with that kind of lead I'm pretty sure we wouldn't of been able to hold on to it.
They say that Football Games are won in the trenches... And Minnesota's D-Line just wooped our @ss, so I give them the majority of the credit. Our delayed handoff had been working well all season, and Minnesota just found a way to put that $hit to an end.
The Second Half
I jumped in the shower during half time, and knew I was missing part of the game while I was in there. I get out of the shower and see 13:00 left in the third quarter and we got the ball back... So... A small spark of hope comes back, and that spark gets bigger as we march down the field.
It's like we had a chance to come back to life...
Well The GAME BECAME OFFICIALLY OVER for me when Romo got sacked around the 30 yardline, and then of course Shaun Suisham misses another FG!!!
That sucked the life force out of me:
And from then on out, we see Romo make some bad throws (INT)... and I see Jason Garret too afraid to throw the f*cking ball down field. Grab your balls and call a flea flicker or some $hit... Just throw one deep pass!!!
At the beginning of the playoffs I picked Minnesota to win it all. I even picked them to win it all late in the regular season. I think Favre was blesses by the Football Gods to fulfill his destiny in obtaining a second ring, and leading the Vikings (the Pack's rival) to their first Superbowl victory.
So why am I even mentioning this?
It's because I had forgotten that Favre had always gotten his @ss kicked by Dallas in the playoffs... so wouldn't it be fitting for him to:
1.) Beat Dallas in the playoffs
2.) Go to his hometown, to New Orleans, to win the NFC championship game
3.) Beat his former team (The Jets), or the best QB of all time (Manning) in the Super Bowl.
The stars have aligned perfectly for this man to retire the best possible way he can... and I think that's what's going to happen
which is why he must be stopped!!!