KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Much has been made about Jason Garrett’s clock management in his 42 games as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach.
On Sunday, Garrett got it right and the Cowboys were in position to get the ball back with more than two minutes to play until Morris Claiborne was flagged for pass interference on Kansas City receiver Donnie Avery.
After the Cowboys made it 17-16 on Dan Bailey's field goal with 3:50 remaining, Garrett called timeouts with 3:44, 3:38 and 3:21 to play. Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles helped by going out of bounds in one play, and so did receiver Dwayne Bowe with an illegal shift penalty.
The Chiefs got bailed out by a delay-of-game penalty before DeMarcus Ware's sack on third-and-5, but on the ensuing third-and-10 play Claiborne was penalized.
“In that situation, we know they’re going to run the ball,” Garrett said. “You want to keep as much time on the clock as you can. If you let too much time run off the clock, the game is going to be over. We felt like if we made a stop there using the timeouts, we would still have the two-minute warning and hopefully have a lot of time left in the ballgame.”
Because of the penalty, the Cowboys got the ball back at their 4-yard line with only 16 seconds to play.