The Dallas Cowboys entered Sunday leading the NFL in yards and details per recreation.
The Arizona Cardinals did not treatment.
In a matchup of two groups with their playoff dates secured, the Cardinals stymied a earlier purple-warm Cowboys offense in a 25-22 street earn. They also caught a late split when officials missed a fumble that could have supplied Dallas a possibility to tie or acquire the direct in the game’s final moments.
Mike McCarthy couldn’t challenge late skipped fumble
With 2:44 remaining in regulation and Arizona foremost, 25-22, Cardinals running back again Chase Edmonds ran to the left sideline and was tackled before going out of bounds. The ball came unfastened, and Cowboys players on the field believed they had a restoration. But officials ruled that Edmonds was down.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy had made use of all three of his next-half timeouts, and the Cowboys couldn’t challenge the ruling on the field. Replay demonstrates that the ball arrived free in advance of Edmonds was down.
The run as an alternative served the Cardinals secure a first down and run out the clock to snap a three-video game losing streak.
Cowboys disappointed with refs
Right after the sport, Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch told the media that he feels like the Cowboys are going through both equally the refs and the opposing workforce when they’re on the area.
“I just do not realize how with the technological know-how we have today, even if we you should not have timeouts or regardless of what it may perhaps be, to get in touch with a freaking obstacle and challenge it. It really is so clear,” Vander Esch said via ESPN. “Specified matters are so evident in the video games that refs are messing up, why they aren’t repairing it. It won’t make any sense to me. To me, we’re actively playing much more towards the refs than we are the other crew. That is what it is. … It can be been multiple moments this time.”
Cowboys defensive finish DeMarcus Lawrence piled on, stating, “We are at house, we’re struggling with two groups,” including that he hoped the NFL can fix the challenge in the potential.
“I am gonna enable the NFL handle that,” Lawrence reported via ESPN. “I know it really is a likelihood we see each of these groups in the playoffs. You know ideally the NFL can sit down with their staff, critique the movie, master from their mistakes and get improved from it.”
Cardinals stifled Cowboys early
That one skipped fumble from the refs wasn’t the only motive the Cowboys dropped. The Cardinals looked like they would run absent with the recreation until eventually late as they held a Cowboys group that averages an NFL-ideal 30.5 points for every game scoreless for most of the initially 50 percent. They opened with a 10- guide and held the Cowboys off the board till Dak Prescott found Michael Gallup for a landing with 1:25 remaining in the second quarter. Gallup suffered a time-ending ACL tear on the engage in.
Arizona responded with scores on a few straight possessions to prolong its lead to 22-7 late in the 3rd quarter. Dallas managed an additional landing on a shorter area to keep the strain on. A late fumble by Prescott set up yet another Cardinals field goal to lengthen their lead back to two possessions midway by way of in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys responded with a 75-property touchdown push to lower their deficit to 25-22 with 4:42 remaining. They did not get the ball back as the Cardinals — aided by the missed fumble — ran out the clock.
It was a fitting finish for the Cardinals, who managed the clock for most of the video game and held a 34:42-25:18 edge in time of possession. They outgained the Cowboys on offense 399 yards to 301, holding Dallas perfectly below its league-very best typical of 409.5 yards per sport. Dallas managed just 45 yards on the ground, as Ezekiel Elliott tallied 16 yards on 9 carries.
Perhaps most important, the Cardinals did not commit a turnover — not one particular that was identified as, at minimum — versus a Dallas defense that leads the league in forced turnovers. The two groups appear out of the video game at 11-5.