- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- During his twice-weekly radio show, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he's still irked about the 29-24 loss to the New York Giants.
"Well, I'm sick," he said Tuesday morning on KRLD-FM. "We had three or four chances there near the end to win a game that took a super effort to get back in and so there were those kinds of swings we all experienced. When you're able to overcome that kind of early bad play and then make that thing be viable for a win at the end, against a team of the Giants caliber, and we all know they're one of the better teams, it's just very disappointing. But not discouraged at all."
The Cowboys rallied from a 23-point deficit to take a 24-23 lead on a Tony Romo one-yard pass to John Phillips in the third quarter. But the Giants got two Lawrence Tynes field goals in the fourth quarter to take a 29-24 lead.
Dallas had two possessions in the last the nearly three and half minutes of the game to win it, including three plays in the final 10 seconds of the game. New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin raised questions about the clock operators at Cowboys Stadium because he didn't think the clock was being properly run.
"As I mentioned yesterday, the longest 10 seconds I've ever been around," Coughlin said on a conference call with reporters on Monday.
The NFL office is closed because of Hurricane Sandy but an NFL spokesperson told ESPNNewYork the league was "not aware of any issues with the clock as of this morning. Carl Johnson and his crew will review it as soon as they can and get back to the Giants."
Clock issues aside, the Cowboys got an apparent 37-yard touchdown reception from Dez Bryant erased because after a replay review it was determined his hand landed out of bounds as he came down with the catch.
Quarterback Tony Romo threw four interceptions, there were two fumbles, Felix Jones and Bryant, and just 19 rushing yards.
"I think this, I noticed where the other teams in the NFL, and this is very common, had its key player walking around all week with a football," Jones said. "Go to his classes and study periods with a football, eat with footballs. I've seen that happen. I go back to as far as my college days to guys emphasizing holding on to the football. I've seen practice done where you almost had your arms tied by your side on special teams on kick and punt returns. So the players wouldn't stick their arms out and they wouldn't get holding penalties. So anything you can do mentally and physically to have repetition to get better you want to do. I have a lot of confidence in Jason Garrett and I have a lot of confidence in the coaching staff. I know that we are continuing to make improvement in all these areas."