Game recap: Cowboys comeback for a 27-26 victory

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.

However, the squad fought back, levelling the score in the third quarter, and then recovering from a deficit once more in the fourth to secure the victory.

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.

Malik Davis maintained his solid play with 44 yard on 15 attempts in his fight to make the squad. Overall, the Cowboys' offence totaled 286 yards, but unlike their opponents, they were successful on three of their five excursions into the end zone and made 38 percent of their fourth down attempts.

Rush won the first offensive series in the competition for the backup quarterback position, but Grier took over in the second half. However, neither could accomplish much in the first quarter as the offence only managed a total of 21 yards in its first four possessions.

Initial Quarter

2ND Quarter

On their opening drive of the second quarter, the Cowboys finally gained momentum, running the ball six times for a total of 32 yards to go as close as the Seattle 6-yard line. 

The Seahawks answered with a field goal of their own, a 29-yarder, but on Seattle's following drive, the Cowboys recorded their second interception of the evening. Lock's pass was blocked by Nahshon Wright, who then returned the pick 22 yards to the Seahawks' 32.

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.

3RD Quarter

 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.