The Cowboys’ three-year streak of (8-8) seasons is officially over – but Dallas did their damnedest to blow one monster of a lead (details to follow).
Cowboys blow out Bears early en route to 41-28 victory. Dallas clinches first winning season since 2009. pic.twitter.com/921lpTUQ0z
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 5, 2014
Up 35-7 at the end of the third quarter, Dallas was cruising against a Chicago team that’s been beyond inconsistent in 2014.
But then somehow a firefly flew up Jay Cutler’s arse and things started to get interesting.
The Bears scored three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes, and if it weren’t for a pair of Dan Bailey field goals the Bears would have pulled within a single score.
The wild run included a trio of consecutive onside kicks by Chicago, and while they were only able to recover one of the three, they still found themselves very much alive in the waning moments of the contest.
Chicago had the ball, first and goal on the Dallas 10, with just under two minutes left to play. A touchdown would have sliced the lead to six and set up Jay Feely for his unheard of fourth straight onside attempt.
Instead, Orlando Scandrick intercepted Cutler’s pass in the end zone to close out the game and keep Dallas alive in a tight NFC East race.
Cowboys fans will be rooting for the Seahawks to knock off the Eagles in Philly in this weekend’s battle of the birds.