Even though it was the final preseason game, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the final seconds, 27-26, thanks in part to players who were playing for their NFL lives.
The Cowboys offence performed admirably once more on the ground, gaining a total of 128 yards. Prior to leaving the game late with an injury, rookie Aaron Shampklin took the lead with 54 yards on 13 carries.
Seattle would quickly increase that lead back to ten points, beginning the second half with just an 11-play, 75-yard drive that ended in another touchdown.
When a Lock pass was incomplete on 3rd at the Cowboys' 45-yard line, Dallas had a chance to halt the drive. But Sam Williams was penalised for roughing the passer, which allowed the Seahawks to continue their drive and finally score on a 1-yard run by DeeJay Dallas.
But the Cowboys came back. Grier immediately returned and directed the offence on a 10-play, 58-yard drive, setting Maher up for a successful 35-yard field goal.
Two plays later, playmaker Brandon Smith made an exquisite tiptoe grab all along left sideline to score a touchdown. And with that, the score was suddenly tied 20-20 going into the fourth quarter.