Sunday, November 3, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Dallas Cowboys
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Observed in the locker room after the Dallas Cowboys’ 27-23 victory against the Minnesota Vikings.
A big win: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is not a big-picture guy. He is happy the Cowboys got to 5-4 and maintained their lead in the NFC East, but he’s not looking at this win as some sort of breakthrough. He knows the Cowboys will be in games similar to Sunday’s and won’t prevail. “Certainly all the games are important,” Garrett said. “They are, and we understand that. You have to play them as best you can and do everything you can to win them and learn from them and move on. We’ll let somebody else be the historian on the whole thing, but we’ve got to get ready for New Orleans.”
Another comeback: Tony Romo’s reputation might be one thing, but with his 7-yard touchdown pass Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds to play gave the Cowboys’ quarterback his 19th game-winning, fourth-quarter drive. Romo has 63 fourth-quarter touchdown passes in his career, and he was able to overcome his 24th fourth-quarter interception. “I relish being out there helping our football team win,” Romo said.
Dizzying day for Dez: All eyes were on Dez Bryant after last week’s sideline outbursts. He caught six passes for 64 yards, but had two drops and a key penalty after he could not control his emotions in the third quarter. Bryant was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he took his helmet off to complain about an offensive-pass-interference penalty. The flag knocked the Cowboys out of field-goal range and gave Minnesota life, even if its following drive ended in a turnover. “A bad play by him,” Garrett said. “You can’t do that.” Bryant responded later with a 34-yard gain on the Cowboys’ game-winning drive.