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The Dallas Cowboys are many experts' pick to be the NFC representative in the Super Bowl this season. If that is going to happen, the Cowboys will need to sure up their offensive line.
In their matchup with the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys were called for 12 penalties for 91 yards. This number was their most penalties since Oct 11th of last season, in which they won an overtime game against Kansas City. In that contest the Cowboys committed 13 penalties for a total of 90 yards.
Most of the penalties Sunday night came from the Cowboys offensive line.
Coming into this season, the offensive line was one of the big question marks on the team's roster, and was one of the questions that had analysts and experts worried.
It definitely proved to be a problem.
The easiest individual to target on the line: Alex Barron.
Barron was brought over from St. Louis to help out the Cowboys' thin offensive line. He proved to do anything but help Sunday night.
The Cowboys may as well have installed a turn-style at the right tackle position of their line. Alex Barron had a horrendous display of offensive line play against the Washington Redskins. The worst display came on the last play of the game.
The Cowboys were down six points on the last play of the game. Tony Romo went back to pass, scrambled, nearly stumbled to the ground but stayed up, and continued to scramble. Romo finally found Roy Williams, wide open in the end zone, and delivered a 13-yard, game-winning touchdown pass. The stadium grew quiet and Cowboy teammates began celebration.
But there on the field lay a little yellow flag, which would have big implications to the ending of the game.
The call was a holding penalty on Alex Barron. As a result the game was over, and the Cowboys had lost.