Rank 'Em: Cowboys' impact plays

Created: November 8, 2011, 4:51 PM

Where would you rank DeMarco Murray's 91-yard touchdown run against the Rams?

After every game, we seemingly always spend a couple of days talking about this play or that play and how it affected a Cowboys' win or loss.

Well, the Cowboys are 4-4 at the midway point of the season and there have been more of a handful of plays that already have shaped their season.

The list only will get longer in the second half.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ranked his top-five plays, and now we put you to task. Sort the plays below and tell us how you would rank the five plays that shaped the Cowboys' first half of the season.

You must rank all five for your vote to count.

  • A touchdown probably clinches the game, and a field goal makes it difficult for the Jets to win. The only thing Romo can't do is turn the ball over. After not finding a receiver, Romo scrambled and tried to dive into the end zone. Romo tried to cover the ball up, but it was poked free and the Jets recovered.
  • Bailey missed a 21-yard attempt in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys didn't call on him again until the final play of the game, when they needed him to convert 48-yard with Candlestick Park's tricky winds to send the game into overtime. He delivered and the Cowboys avoided an 0-2 start.
  • Tony Romo, pressured by Ndamukong Suh, heaved a pass off his back foot to Jason Witten, who was 25 yard downfield. Stephen Tulloch tipped the underthrown pass in the air before intercepting it.
  • Tony Romo eludes pressure and finds Dez Bryant downfield for a 30-yard gain after a leaping catch and run by Bryant. The play gets an additional 15 yards because DeAngelo Hall grabs Bryant's facemask as he tackles him, moving the ball to the Washington 25 and setting up Dan Bailey's game-winning field goal.
  • DeMarco Murray, making the first start of his career, finds a big hole in the middle of the line, makes a nifty move on the safety and sprints 91 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. It's the second-longest TD run in franchise history and propels him to a 253-yard day - the most in franchise history.