The Dallas Cowboys survived a second-half push from the Houston Texans to secure a 20-17 OT win this weekend at the AT&T Stadium. A win that saw the franchise move to a 4-1 record on the 2014 season.
But despite the game moving 'America's team' to the healthy win percentage, the atmosphere inside their huge stadium resembled a Texans home game at times with the travelling fans often more vocal than the Dallas natives.
A fact not lost on Tony Romo, with the Cowboys quarterback admitting to being a little surprised by the subdued crowd reaction to the team success:
"There's no question, we played on the road in that football game through a lot of it," Romo explained when speaking recently.
"There was probably half and half (Texans and Cowboys fans), roughly, I don't know what it was.
"More than anything you can tell by the crows noise," continued the veteran QB.
Sensible decision needed
Romo and the Cowboys offense were forced to move to silent counts on Sunday due to the relentless decibels created by the Texans fans.
But the quarterback isn't blaming Dallas fans themselves, more the decision makers who continue to sell so many tickets to fans of the road team.
"For sure my perspective, we have to make sure going forward we have a lot more percentage all Cowboys.
"The funny this is when we are all here it's been rocking. This place has really been a tough place for other teams to come in and win when it gets going.
"I think the fans have been awesome this year. We just need to tighten up maybe on selling our tickets."
Cowboys at the At&T
Dallas moved into their now home in 2009 and have regularly topped NFL attendance lists ever since with capacity varying between 80,000 and 105,000.
And whilst the increased capacity versus their old Texas Stadium allows more Cowboys fans to attend, the influx of road fans is a worrying phenomenon.
Like 49ers and Saints fans before them this season, the Houston Texans fan base only had the opportunity to make such noise during Week Five because the powers that be at the Cowboys continue to be liberal in allowing travelling fans access to tickets.
Considering the Cowboys' own huge fan base surely there would be enough home fans to fill those seats?
Perhaps the Cowboys hierarchy feels guilty when they see Cowboys jerseys dotted around other NFL arenas as they watch their team on the road.
But with Jason Garrett and his team on their best run in years - and with a playoff spot now a realistic ambition - it would be foolish to give away any edge in the stands when the team is giving up little on the field.
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