Jason Garrett learning on the job

September, 5, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick.

That might have been the difference in the NFC East division race last season.

It definitely illustrated Jason Garrett's inexperience as a head coach.

Before the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants kick off this NFL season Wednesday night, let's flash back to late in the fourth quarter of their first meeting last season. The Cowboys were in the midst of a meltdown moments after seemingly seizing complete control of the fight for the division crown on Dec. 11, having seen a dozen-point lead essentially disappear in a span of less than five minutes.

It was obvious that the Giants would take the lead when New York's Eli Manning and Jake Ballard connected for a first down at the Dallas 1-yard line. The Cowboys needed to save as much time as possible at that point. And Garrett froze for 15 agonizing seconds -- with television cameras catching owner Cowboys owner Jerry Jones screaming for a timeout from his luxury suite -- before forming a T with his hands.

We'll never know if the Cowboys, who had a 47-yard field goal blocked on the final snap of that 37-34 loss, could have taken advantage of that time. The Giants, who snapped a four-game losing streak and essentially started their Super Bowl run that night, surely don't care.

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