The Dallas Cowboys entered Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with the #2 seed in NFC. Two wins and a Green Bay Packers defeat were all they needed to secure the first round bye in playoffs. The Cowboys are now at #4 in the standings after a hard loss at home. A first round bye is gone and may face the Cardinals again in a possible rematch.
Micah Parsons, a standout rookie linebacker, shared his thoughts on the loss after the game.
Cowboys rookie LB/DE Micah Parsons: “I think it’s one of them days when we beat ourselves. I know we can play a much cleaner game.” pic.twitter.com/yWPo2AYcb8
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 3, 2022
Parsons spoke out about Dallas’ mistakes, saying that “It’s one of those days when we beat ourselves.” “I know we can play much cleaner.”
Parsons’ impressions of the game were not unfounded. Dallas committed 10 penalties, for 88 yards. They were just 3 for 11 on the 3rd down. Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein failed to make a field goal, while Dallas allowed several decent kick returns.
Parsons individually had a good game once again. He finished with five tackles, two tackles for loss, two QB hits and a pass defensed. Dallas’ defense played well enough to win. Their offense once again struggled.
The Cowboys’ ground game against the Cardinals was ineffective. With 20 yards, Dak Prescott, Quarterback, led the team in rushes with his total of 20 yards. Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott combined for 25 rush yards in 12 carries.
The Cowboys trailed 22-14 at halftime of the fourth quarter. After scoring on their previous possession, they had momentum. Prescott ran up the middle and had the ball thrown out by the Cardinals. It was the play that changed the game.