Dallas Cowboys Beat Indianapolis Colts in OT: 38-35

John B. HaffordContributor IDecember 5, 2010

LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 12:  Sean Lee #50 of the Dallas Cowboys runs downfield during the NFL season opener against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys 13-7. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys played one heck of game beating the Indianapolis Colts, but no Cowboy played better than Sean Lee. 

The whole team showed up.  The Cowboys had possession for 40 minutes on account of an improving running game.  Running back Tashard Choice made a darn good showing.  Felix Jones busted through the Colts defense for a 26 yard gain.  This is now a running corps that finds the hole and punches through. 

But, on defense, Lee stole the game with three picks, two of which he took to the house.  Two other outstanding moments came from the former practice squad members Holley and Miller.  On a bouncing punt, Holley jumps on the ball at the Cowboys 40, insuring good field position for Dallas.  Then, later on, Miller recovers a fumbled punt return before overtime.  It's the little things like this that give a team a fighting chance.  Good hustle and ball coverage from Holley and Miller.

We saw more of Kitna running, more Austin and Williams making heads up plays.  Austin dropped a few close ones, but those may have been Kitna's fault.  It seemed to me that two of those balls to Austin may have been overthrown.  We do know that Austin did not see one of the passes.  He should keep his eye on the ball at all times, if possible.

The Colts defense stepped it up and made it a close one.  This was one of those nail biters that came down to good decisions, and Jason Garrett made nothing but.  Going into overtime instead of using the timeouts made me a little nervous, but strategically was a good call. 

Finally, the Dallas defense started showing some cracks, however, and those were attributed by the announcers to Wade Phillips' horrific coaching.  To quote, "This is why Wade Phillips is out of a job." 

A resounding indictment against Phillips, but a ringing endorsement for Garrett.  Cowboys are now 3-1 under Garrett.