Dallas Coach Wade Phillips (and perhaps worse for him, owner Jerry Jones) will be hearing "Flag on the play" in his sleep tonight.
After starting a drive at its 18, Dallas started racking up more penalties:
- Illegal block in the back by Martellus Bennett negated a 12-yard Miles Austin gain.
- Holding on Alex Barron negated a third-down pass to Jason Witten that would have gone for a first down.
- And then a false start penalty stalled the next play before it started.
It left Dallas with a third-and-26 from their own 29; this during a drive that featured them twice getting over the 50. After a short pass to Witten, Dallas punted.
With about 10 minutes remaining in the game, down 10-7, Dallas had collected 10 penalties for 76 yards. And things like that really make a difference in a close game such as this one.