Well, football fans in roughly 16 hours the 2012 NFL regular season will be in the history books. This season has been full of more ups-and-downs; and twists-and-turns than a daytime opera. The ending is only fitting that the last game of the season will determine the final division winner and playoff spot.
With the NFC East up for grabs in prime-time on Sunday night the Dallas Cowboys (8-7) once again have a chance to make miracles happen.
It's been a long road for the Cowboys with some exciting wins and disappointing losses. This season has been clouded by off the field issues and injuries to key players. No matter what has happened from week to week head coach Jason Garrett has put a team on the field ready to play.
The Cowboys have been dealing with injuries since before training camp began. Corner back Michael Jenkins entered training camp recovering from surgery and seems like that is where it all started. By the time week 1 started there were 14 different players listed on the injury report ranging from nose tackle Jay Ratliff being out with an injured ankle; to tight end Jason Witten being listed as doubtful with a ruptured spleen only to play in an important 24-7 Cowboys win against the New York Giants.
While both Witten and Jenkins have both heeled from their setbacks; things have not been as good for other players like Ratliff that is on IR until the playoffs.
Other key players that have been lost for the season include: linebacker Sean Lee, linebacker Bruce Carter, safety Barry Church, and center Phil Costa.
As if things are not already tough enough with the injuries; defensive end DeMarcus Ware is having issues with his shoulder and elbow, and receiver Dez Bryant is playing with a broken finger. Even though Ware is a huge question mark; Bryant has shown little effect over the weeks with the finger.
The Cowboys have made there share of noise off the field this season to go with their injuries.
Dez Bryant started the season of with his future in the air after he was arrested for an altercation with his mother. Since the arrest, other than a curfew issue on his birthday; Bryant has made very little noise off the field and has let his play on the field speak for him.
Things have not been so good for other players. The Cowboys endured a loss like no other this season with the death of linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. and the suspension of nose tackle Josh Brent. Brown lost his life December 8, 2012 in an alcohol related accident where Brent was the driver of an automobile.
They Cowboys have handled this situation perfectly until as of late. The Cowboys allowed Brent to be on the sideline during their week 15 27-24 overtime win against the Steelers only to be publicly attacked during the game by CBS commentators; former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms and former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason.
Let me point out that the Cowboys were coming off a week14, 20-19 comeback win against Esiasons Bengals in Cincinnati; while the Giants were just embarrassed 34-0 on Fox only minutes before the Cowboys and Steelers kicked off. I can see where both Esiason and Simms would be bitter, so should they really be allowed on t.v. involved in other games if they can't handle their former teams losing?
To go along with the bad and the ugly, the Cowboys have had their share of good this season. Quarterback Tony Romo has had another amazing season completing 405-611 passes for 4,685 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Tight end Jason Witten is in the Cowboys record books with the season he has put together catching 103 balls for 983 yards, and Bryant has done nothing but shine after getting off to a rocky start pulling in 88 balls of his own for 1,311 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Even with more than it's share of injuries this season; the Cowboys defense has had it's shining moments. Defensive end Anthony Spencer leads the team in tackles with 87, and an injured Ware has 11.5 sacks on the season. Ware has only had 1.5 sacks in the month of December. For Cowboys fans sake; Maybe he saved them all for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Corner back Brandon Carr has proved to be a good addition to the team with his 3 interceptions; while rookie Morris Claiborne is showing he can be worth the first round pick that was spent on him
However you want to look at the Cowboys season; it has been a season filled with excitement. After everything the Cowboys have overcame and accomplished over the season; there is no reason for them not to continue playing into 2013.