Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo Options Out of Run on Key Interception against Green Bay Packers

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Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) reacts after getting sacked in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at AT

The Dallas Cowboys went into Sunday’s late afternoon game against the Green Bay Packers with much to prove.  Far too fresh in the minds of Cowboys Nation was the previous week’s beating at the hands of the Chicago Bears 45 to 28 in a game where the Bears did not have to punt the ball once, because they scored on every drive except the last kneel-down to run out the clock.

One could deduce that the Cowboys wanted to prove to the naysayers that the offensive inconsistencies and Swiss cheese defense was a fluke.

For the first two quarters of Sunday’s game, the Cowboys play reflected a team destined to rebound.  The Dallas offense rattled off a franchise record 332 yards in the first half and a stout Cowboys defense held one of the season’s highest ranked offenses to a singled field goal.

The tale of two halves could not be more contrast, however, as Dallas blew the 23 point lead allowing the Green Bay Packers to come from behind in historic fashion and win 37 to 36.

When reviewing the tape, it’s possible to point out many reasons why the Packers won the game, but Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo’s interception to Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields, in my opinion, was the defining moment of the loss.

The Cowboys led the Packers 36 to 31 with just 4:17 remaining in the 4th quarter.  On third down, Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant made a 13 yard catch and run extending his full body to convert the first down on a magnificent play.  After a Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray run up the middle for four yards, the Cowboys had a short six yards on second down with 2:58 remaining in the game.

All Dallas had to do at that point was dish the ball twice to DeMarco Murray who ran wild all over the Packers defense to the tune of 134 yards, and it’s game over.  But, this Dallas team has proven time and time again this season that they cannot finish games.

Instead of running twice and killing the clock, Tony Romo threw an interception to Green Bay’s Shields who had good underneath coverage on wide receiver Miles Austin.  To say it was a poor choice to throw the ball on second and six with less than 3 minutes to go in a game you are winning, does not quite underscore the stupidity of the play.

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  • Big D Fan

    I blame it on Romo, he was under-throwing and behind receivers all day. He has also lost his deep ball ability. The Offense, Yes they kicked 5 field goals! Defense as usual couldn’t stop a thing or even delay it to take up time. Scandrick is taking steps back. Ware is a shell of himself. Play calling was atrocious, shared by coaching and Romo. Doesn’t matter if they have all of 11 of em in the box. They couldn’t stop Murray for anything. Keep your run till it stops working. No reason with Murray killing them that he only touched it 17 times.

    So dumb it seems scripted. You cant write a more idiotic ending to a football game. Oh yeah, another Hammy blown lets chalk another one up to the conditioning coach, and the weak physical preparation of the players. This team has no heart or killer instinct I don’t want to see them in the playoffs its an embarrassment to the game.

  • Sod Buster

    The Cowboys coaching staff and as reflected by their players has no sense of ‘time’.
    Surely Romo did not audible out of called run plays the whole game.
    When you are 20 points ahead at the half and you have a defense that is as decimated by injury as the Cowboys, then you do all you can to keep them off the field and to eat up the clock. Time is your best friend.
    The Cowboys need a ‘clock coach’!
    Buy them all a self winding Timex!

  • Tom

    How can Anybody overlook the 500 Gorilla in the Room. When the other team has the ball they are going to score. The ONLY way the Cowboys will win any more games is having the Ball Last in a Game where they are behind less than 7. The Defense has shown that ANY AND EVERY NFL TEAM will score on it and they cannot force a punt or get off the field on 3rd Down to save their lives. Yes Romo made the last mistake in the Game but there were plenty more before he threw those last 2 int. Since we have no Defense, we should be running the Ball early, often and every shot we get. The Offense has to keep our Defense off the Field to win, simple as that.

  • carl

    Of course it is Romo’s fault, if you think the interception play is the only play he optioned out of the run you are crazy. The coaches did not call pass plays on 74% of the plays, Romo options to the pass constantly. All this idiot had to do was protect a 23 point lead, but his ego is the size of elephant, to bad his brain is the size of a worm.

  • californy

    I am a strong believer of having balance in Offensive strategy, and throwing it 48 times vs 18 passes is not balance. Did you know only 1 Qb threw an interception this weekend when he threw it under 30 times. Those QB who threw it over 30 time had one or multiple interceptions. Why are you throwing the ball down the stretch 19 times to 3 in the run game, especially when the run game is more productive at 7.4 to 6,9 per play