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Jason Garrett on the fourth-down call

1/2/2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After falling behind 21-0, the Cowboys had to play perfectly to come back and beat the New York Giants.

They didn’t do it on either side of the ball and a fourth-and-1 play when the Cowboy were down 21-7 early in the fourth quarter played a big role.

Coach Jason Garrett opted against a field goal try with 14:00 to play in the game because he sensed momentum.

“We were down two touchdowns at that time and we’d been moving the ball really well,” Garrett said. “We thought it was a good opportunity to cash in and get a touchdown at that point and make it a one-score game with the time we had left.”

But Tony Romo was stopped on the quarterback sneak. Romo called for a measurement and thought the officials moved the ball back a smidge from when he got up from the pile.

“The call comes from the sideline,” Romo said. “I agreed with the call. Obviously we would’ve liked to have gotten it. It’s an easy thing to second guess now.”

Ultimately all it cost the Cowboys was time on the clock because they scored less than four minutes later to make it 21-14 but time was a precious commodity in a game like Sunday’s.