The Dallas Cowboys fumbled away a surefire win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15. Here are three Cowboys most to blame for the loss.
The Dallas Cowboys were in a position where they could have continued to gain ground and challenge the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title. All they had to do was defeat the 5-8 Jacksonville Jaguars.
Instead, the Cowboys lost 40-34 in overtime to the Jaguars. It was a surefire win for Dallas, but they managed to squander a victory on multiple occasions.
Dallas had a 27-10 lead in the third quarter, only to watch the Jaguars take a 31-27 lead early in the fourth quarter. They would retake the lead with a little over three minutes remaining in regulation, but the defense allowed Jacksonville to force overtime on a 48-yard field goal by Riley Patterson.
The Cowboys would pick up the L when quarterback Dak Prescott threw a pick-six. With that, their chances of winning the division title are essentially done.
Here are three Cowboys who deserve blame for the Week 15 loss.
3 Cowboys to blame after overtime loss to Jaguars, No. 3: Noah Brown, WR
When Cowboys fans look back on the loss, they will look at the game-ending interception. As mentioned earlier, Prescott threw a pick-six to Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins. But let’s look at the play further.
Prescott was targeting wide receiver Noah Brown, who caught the go-ahead touchdown for Dallas late in the fourth quarter. The quarterback hit Brown right on target. The problem is, Brown couldn’t haul it in. Instead, he tipped the football up into the air and into the hands of Jenkins, who ran all the way to the end zone to bring the game to its conclusion.
It’s a shame, as Brown had a very good game on Sunday. He received nine targets from Prescott, hauling in six for 49 yards and two touchdowns.