Tony Romo’s unsuccessful fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak deep in Giants territory in the fourth quarter on Sunday night was a costly failure in the Cowboys’ season-ending loss, and afterward Romo and Garrett were both asked who deserved the blame.
And Romo and Garrett were united in saying no one deserved any blame, because it was the right call.
“The call comes from the sideline,” Romo told ESPNDallas.com. “I agreed with the call. Obviously we would’ve liked to have gotten it. It’s an easy thing to second guess now.”
Garrett said that with a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter, a field goal wasn’t an option.
“We were down two touchdowns at that time and we’d been moving the ball really well,” Garrett said. “We thought it was a good opportunity to cash in and get a touchdown at that point and make it a one-score game with the time we had left.”
Going for it on fourth down was the right call. But going through with the sneak, even after seeing that the Giants were lined up and ready for it, feels like a poor decision. Romo should have checked out of the play that Garrett called in from the sideline.