Cowboys handled Bucs' victory formation push

September, 24, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – Whatever surprise Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano was hoping for with the Buccaneers’ defense exploding off the ball when the opposing team was in a victory formation was lost after their Week 2 game against the New York Giants.

The Cowboys kneeled down three times in the final moments of Sunday’s 16-10 win against Tampa Bay and were prepared for the Bucs' shenanigans.

“We told our team during the week that we’re hopeful we end up in that situation and they’re going to handle it in this particular way; we have to be ready for it,” coach Jason Garrett said. “First and foremost, you’ve got to take care of the snap and the linemen have to be a little firmer than they would be in a typical kneel-down situation. It’s a difficult play and Tony (Romo) got knocked back, Ryan (Cook) got knocked back. I thought we did a good job of handling it. We had to do it three times and we got out of it, so it worked out well for us.”

The Bucs were called for offsides on the final play but in reality could have been flagged for it on all three snaps.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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