Beasley takes blame for Romo's last pick

December, 15, 2013
12/15/13
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The slot receiver with a second-year minimum contract accepted accountability for the loss-sealing interception thrown by the quarterback with the contract that includes $55 million in guaranteed money.

Cole Beasley said the pass picked off by Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams with 1:24 remaining would have hit him in stride if he ran his route correctly. The pick sealed the Cowboys' 37-36 loss.

“I’ve got to keep running,” Beasley said. “That was on me. That’s all it was. ... I stopped when I should have kept going. That’s about it.

“I saw the corner and I throttled down a little bit. I don’t have the option to do that on my play. That was my fault. We didn’t execute how we were supposed to. I take full responsibility for it. I’ve just got to keep running and catch the ball and take the hit.”

On second-and-1, Beasley ran a quick out with the Packers in a Cover-2 zone. He saw Williams and settled into a soft spot in the zone, an adjustment that caught Romo by surprise and isn’t part of the play design.

Williams made a diving catch. The pass was originally ruled incomplete, but that call was overturned when replays showed it was clearly an interception.

Beasley caught the ball on a similar route and gained nine yards on the previous play against man coverage. The Packers’ switch to Cover-2 led to a disastrous mistake by the young receiver.

“He ended up cutting his route off, and I threw it as if he was continuing to go to the sideline, so we’ll get that right,” said Romo, who opted out of a running play and threw a poor pass that was picked off by Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields on the previous series to set up the Packers’ go-ahead touchdown. “We’ll go back and assess the whole process and get it right.”

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