Author: IW Moon

IW is a writer for Gridiron Heroics where he covers the NFL and NCAAF. He is also the host of a podcast called Simply Sports.

In what was mostly a defensive battle, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional round of the Playoffs. The stunning reality of what happened on Sunday evening had clearly not been lost on the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. He… stood firmly behind his quarterback Jerry Jones minces words often, but not in this instance. He fully credited the 49ers with their efforts. He blamed no one for the loss and stood firmly behind his quarterback. He spoke as genuinely as ever, and even appeared to get sentimental. The Cowboys were driving down the field as…

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First weekend of the NFL playoffs In the first weekend of the NFL playoffs, and in a game that meant so much to so many, the Cowboys made their ways to Tampa for the Monday finale of Super Wildcard Weekend against the Buccaneers. The nerves were on full display in the early going. The quarterback for the Cowboys, Dak Prescott, started the game with three incompletions. Those were caused by one bad throw and two decent passes that bounced out of the receiver’s hands. It wasn’t until the third possession that they got their first points. Fortunately for them, the…

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The Cowboys woke up this morning facing the aftermath of an afternoon they’ll need to quickly forget. The final score against the Commanders was 26-6, and it should have been a whole lot worse. They got humbled by one of their division rivals. But let’s face it, the whole division is a rivalry. The disaster that happened against the Commanders is an easy fix. Because of the result of the Eagles game, it didn’t matter anyway. Blame the loss on cold weather and focus on the mountain ahead. https://twitter.com/Commanders/status/1612245204844826677 To which mountain do we refer? Why, Mt. Brady, of course.…

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The NFL playoffs have an even clearer picture after Sunday’s games. With the Eagles loss to the Saints, the Cowboys are still alive and in the mix for the number one seed in the NFC. Still in the fray The first seed in the Conference is quite the prize. It’s an immense boost to whichever team snags it.  Still in the fray are the Eagles, Vikings, 49’ers, and Cowboys. Those teams all still have a chance to have an NFC playoff bye week. Last year’s playoff loss to the 49’ers jolted the Cowboys fanbase. For many of the fans, it…

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In the Eagles vs Cowboys Christmas Eve battle for seeding amongst division rivals, all cards were on the table, save the Hurts card. All the Eagles had to do was win one of their last three games to secure the first seed in the division and conference. They will have to wait at least one more week for that to happen. Expectations were being met and maybe even surpassed for the Eagles in the first quarter. They already had a 3-0 lead. Dak Prescott then threw a pick six to give them a 10-0 lead. https://twitter.com/BarstoolPhilly/status/1606766106177568769 Into the arms of…

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The Texans vs Cowboys game in Arlington was a game fans could easily have written off as unwatchable. Afterall, the surface facts described it as a bad team vs a good team. For those who’ve been paying attention, there’s simply more to it than that. Fans deserve some credit In 2002, the Texans beat the Cowboys in their first regular season game after becoming an expansion team. Although it was the first game of the season, it was a game Darren Woodson had described as a must-win for Dallas. This was the Super Bowl for the Texans, however, and their…

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University of Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery was let go over the weekend. The national search for his replacement is already underway. Montgomery’s last coached game on Saturday had the Golden Hurricane coming back to beat the favored Houston Cougars at their home stadium in Texas. He certainly had them fired up after the win as well. It just wasn’t enough to preserve his own future at the university. Vice President and Director of Athletics Rick Dickson addressed the topic in an announcement over the weekend. “This was an extremely difficult decision, one that affects a number of individuals and is…

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The last Bedlam to ever be played Year after year, Bedlam is an important game in the state of Oklahoma. In what may be the last Bedlam to ever be played, it has become significantly more meaningful. Since four new teams are coming to the Big 12 next season, there won’t be a round-robin. So, whether OU and OSU will meet again for Bedlam depends on how the schedule plays out. In order to gain some context into the amplified importance of this game to the fans, players, and coaches alike, we’ll need to revisit some events from the 2021 season.…

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Add the result of Tulane vs. Tulsa to their season, and football fans around the country mustn’t think much of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane these days. But they know they’re better than their reputation and deceptive record. They’ve stayed competitive against some of the toughest teams in college football. In a season of injuries, horrible calls, and worse luck, Tulsa has a record that makes them appear as a team with a lot to be desired. They’ve only managed to grab three wins out of the nine-game pile. The Golden Hurricane also has the second longest tenured coach in the…

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A makeup call happens when a referee calls a penalty they regret, then later calls a penalty on the opposing team to make up for it. Makeup calls have unofficially existed in sports for decades. At the highest levels, the assumption is they’re less frequently used. Are these calls just a figment of the disgusted viewer’s imagination? They certainly have a bad reputation, and there will always be skeptics. Mutterings about a makeup call affecting last year’s Super Bowl led to articles being written about it. There have been officials who tried to sue reporters ultimately because of makeup calls.…

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