Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 10/14/12
It was the best of the Cowboys. It was the worst of the Cowboys. All wrapped up into one game. Sunday's 31-29 loss to the Ravens was time capsule-worthy of the Romo era: Good enough to get close. Bad enough to lose. Most of the postgame attention will focus on clock management. The Cowboys executed perfectly to get in position for a game-winning field goal, then did everything they could to undermine kicker Dan Bailey. Somehow, the Cowboys snapped the ball with 26 seconds left and had to burn their last timeout to avoid letting the clock run out. That set Dan Bailey up for a 51-yard attempt, outdoors, which is a 50-50 proposition for good NFL kickers. Bailey appeared to have the distance, but the kick floated left of the uprights. For that, you can blame head coach Jason Garrett for terrible clock management and quarterback Tony Romo for a terrible decision. On the play snapped with 26 seconds left, Romo threw to Dez Bryant who ran a short extremely short in route toward the ...
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