Top 3 Games of 2003

Coming in at #1 on our list of top games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2003, was the 35-32 overtime win over the New York Giants. It was a win that sent to two franchises in the powerful NFC East, in two different directions.

Cowboys 35, Giants 32 OT
Septemeber 15th, 2003
This game jump-started the Cowboys season. After losing the season-opener to Atlanta, the Cowboys were 11 second away being 0-2 after squandering a double-digit lead to fall behind 29-26 in the waning moments. Zuriel Smith had the non-play of the year when he let an errant kickoff go out of bounds. Quincy Carter made the biggest play when he zoomed a 26-yard completion to Antonio Bryant. Billy Cundiff sent the game into over time with a 52-yard field goal before winning it with a 25-yarder. The Cowboys went on to win five straight.

Cowboys 23, Eagles 21
October 21st, 2003
This was litmus test No. 1. The Eagles had won six straight in the series and the Cowboys needed to exorcise those demons. Randal Williams started things off by returning an onside kick 37 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game, proving that a Bill Parcells team is as prepared as any in the league. La'Roi Glover ended any hopes of an Eagles comeback in the fourth quarter when he recovered a Donovan McNabb fumble.

Cowboys 24 Panthers 21
November 23rd, 2003
This one will be remembered for Bill Parcell's post-game Oprah moment, when he shed a tear for all to see. The key play was a doozy. Facing third and one on the 16 with 4:25, offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon called an option play. Quincy Carter handed the ball to fullback Richie Anderson who pitched back to running back Aveion Cason, who went 16 yards to paydirt, breaking a 17-17 tie. The win was the eighth of the season for the Cowboys and assured them of their first non losing season since 1999, while moving them into a tie for the NFC's best record.

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