Cowboys haunted by final seconds in Baltimore

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Wide receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Tony Romo look on from the field during a timeout against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)



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Posted on October 15, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Which group bears the most responsibility for the Cowboys' loss to the Ravens?

The Cowboys' final offensive play against Baltimore — and what happened after that play — has sparked lots of discussion.

Tony Romo's completion to wide receiver Dez Bryant netted one yard, but it was the two receivers going deep that created the issue.

"We need to do a better job in that situation, and that starts with me," said head coach Jason Garrett. "I made that play call, and I’ve got to do a better job of that. We did the right thing, but we should have gotten more out of that."

The team’s lack of urgency on the final offensive play belonged to wide receivers Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree, but they weren't alone. The entire team exhibited a lack of urgency.

"What we say as coaches, it has to be communicated better... it has to be communicated better in the huddle and all of that, we didn't handle that situation well," Garrett said. "It starts with me, and hopefully we'll get better at that going forward."

"I just now, for the first time, like five minutes ago, I heard about the lack of aggressiveness to get back to the line of scrimmage," said wide receiver Kevin Ogletree during a Monday afternoon interview session.

That sounds like there may have been no plan before the pass to Bryant to get back to spike the ball and stop the clock.

"I can't remember specifically," Ogletree said. "I know the penalty placed us on the 35 yard line."

"The communication, it can be difficult because of the crowd noise," Garrett explained.

"It took a long time to get us into the formation for the play we wanted to get into, and once it got below a certain point, then it was not in our best interest to run another play," said Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

"We understood with 26 seconds left, we felt like we could get back as quickly as we could," Garrett said. "We didn't do that well enough."

That left Dan Bailey with a 51-yard field goal attempt — and we all know what happened next.