Over the past three seasons, the Cowboys are 18-19 on 4th & 1. That’s a 94.7 percent success rate. The Cowboys offensive line is one of the most expensive in the league. Dak Prescott is physically capable quarterback. The Cowboys have sunk so much money and resources into their run game. The Texans’ ranked 23rd in the league in stopping opponents in 3rd or 4th-and-short situations.
Still, with all these things in play, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett decided to punt the ball on 4th & 1 during the game’s most crucial drive at the Texans 42-yard line (prime just go for it territory). This proved to be a juicy scapegoat call after the Texans drove from their own 10-yard line to kick the game-winning field goal.
After the game, Cowboys owner and certified old person Jerry Jones publicly disagreed with his coach’s decision to play conservatively.
“We were being outplayed. It’s time for risks at that particular time,” Jones said via the team’s website.
Garrett’s defense: it was a long one yard.
“Yeah, it was a long one,” he said after the game. “You know, we had a 3rd-and-2 and we didn’t make much on it and we just felt like at that point in the game, the way our defense was playing, the idea was to pin them down there.”
After the play proved futile for the Cowboys, NFL talking heads and Cowboys fans used Twitter to vent.
The Cowboys fell to 2-3 behind the Redskins in the NFC East.
[h/t CBS Sports]