Cowboys rack up penalties in opener
|Cowboys coach Jason Garrett comments on team's mental toughness, the penalties, overcoming adversity, Tony Romo's leadership and more. |
Defensive end Jason Hatcher was flagged for a personal foul for pushing quarterback Eli Manning. It seemed Hatcher pushed Manning just as he threw the ball, but it was a questionable call. Left tackle Tyron Smith was flagged for a horse collar when he grabbed linebacker Michael Boley up high on a 51-yard interception return. It prevented a touchdown and led to the Cowboys holding the Giants to a field goal.
But five false starts, two holding calls -- especially in the fourth quarter -- were bothersome to coach Jason Garrett.
It was probably the only negative to the Cowboys' victory.
"Well probably a combination of things," Garrett said of the penalties. "Certainly the crowd has an impact, a new center has an impact, but we have to clean that up. We do too many good things on offense to have to deal with that throughout the ballgame. The pre-snap penalties. We will continue to give that attention and make sure that gets better going forward."
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