It also would have served notice that they would be in contention for the long haul.
While the Cowboys proved that they could play with anybody, they left
with a loss as disappointing as any in recent memory.
After dominating the Seahawks and the league's top-ranked offense for
much of the game, the Cowboys watched in horror as the Seahawks scored 10
points in the final 40 seconds to steal a 13-10 victory.
"This was as tough a game to lose as any we've ever had," said Jerry
Jones, who has owned the Cowboys since 1989. "I hate it for the players. I
hate it for the coaching staff. I hate it for our fans."
The Cowboys (4-3) moved out of first place into last place in the NFC
East, falling a half-game behind the Eagles (5-2), Giants (5-2) and Redskins
The Cowboys also were also denied their first three-game winning streak since
Dallas now plays the Cardinals on Sunday at Texas Stadium to close out the first
The Cowboys have a bye Nov. 6 before resuming the second half with a
crucial division matchup at Philadelphia.
The Cowboys believe they are good. But the Seahawks game will be tough to
get over, as the Cowboys know they missed out on a big opportunity.
"We know that they are going to be contenders at the end of the year,"
tight end Jason Witten said. "We wanted to see where we matched up. This one
hurts. We can't let it linger."
The Seahawks game was also the second time this year the Cowboys wasted a dominant
defensive effort with a fourth-quarter collapse.
They led the Redskins 13-0 before allowing two touchdown passes in the
final three minutes of a 14-13 loss.
A Seahawks offense that came in averaging 407.2 yards per game was held
118 yards below its average. League-leading rusher Shaun Alexander rushed 21
times for just 61 yards, yet Seattle escaped with the win.
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