The Dallas Cowboys made enough mistakes during their 19-13 loss to the Arizona yesterday, but none was bigger than Jason Garrett's time-out call an instant before kicker Dan Bailey kicked what would have been a game-winning 49-yard field goal with :03 seconds left on the clock.
With the score tied at 13, the Cowboys head coach iced his own kicker right before the kick went through the uprights but was nullified.
Bailey's attempt at the re-do fell short of the goal posts and the Cardinals went on to win the game in overtime.
"I was glad they iced their kicker at the end so I didn't have to do it," joked Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
The Cards won the coin toss before OT and Kevin Kolb's short screen to tiny LaRod Stephens-Howling ended up being a serpentine 48-yard game-winning score.
Garrett said he called the time-out before the kick because "the play clock was running down."
"We just wanted to make sure that he [Bailey] had a real clean opportunity at it," explained Garrett. "It was at about six [seconds] and we were still getting settled in."
Dallas (7-5) could have gotten a stranglehold on the NFC East title by winning yesterday. Now, they remain only one game ahead of the second place New York Giants (6-6) —who lost a heart-breaker to Green Bay. The Cowboys and Giants still face each other in home-and home games down the stretch.
"It is disappointing but we still have everything we want in front of us," said Dallas tight end Jason Witten.
"We called the time-out, but it is my job to regroup and make the next one," said Bailey. "I didn't do that. No excuses."
GLENDALE, Ariz. Well, it turns out that holding a degree from Princeton doesn't guarantee a head coach has a clue when it comes to clock management. The cardiac Cowboys had the chance to escape this house of horrors with a win late in the fourth quarter, but they were undermined by two baffling decisions by head coach Jason Garrett.
With a 19-13 overtime loss to the Arizona...
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stood by coach Jason Garrett's questionable decisions in Sunday's overtime loss at Arizona.
Jones, speaking on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM, wouldn't bite when asked about the two critical decisions Garrett made at the end of regulation Sunday. The decisions basically amounted to the Cowboys "icing" their own kicker.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Upon further review, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett still sees nothing wrong with how he managed the end of regulation in a loss to Arizona.
He insisted Monday there was no need to call a timeout after getting a first down at the 31-yard line with about 25 seconds left, even though Dallas could have run a few plays in hopes of setting up a shorter field goal....
Week 13, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett inexplicably iced his own kicker Dan Bailey and cost his team a win against the Arizona Cardinals.
Every loss is big in the NFL but this particular defeat may cost the Cowboys a chance at the playoffs. They still lead the NFC East but failed to gain additional ground on the New York Giants who lost a heart breaker against the Green...
Jason Garrett has an explanation for his clock management Sunday. And that explanation isn't, "Whoops! Someone put lye in my Gatorade and I spent the final minute of the game writhing in pain in the sideline." That would have been a good explanation. Instead, we get this:
We very well could have taken a timeout there. We felt like we were in field goal range...
Via Dallas Cowboys And The NFL
December 06, 2011
IRVING – Jerry Jones says he’s “very sick” that the overtime loss at Arizona cost the Cowboys a golden opportunity to position themselves to clinch the NFC East with a win over the Giants this weekend, but he’s not going to second-guess Jason Garrett’s questionable clock-management decisions.
“I’m not going to second-guess those timeouts at all,” Jones told Dallas’...
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Before Sunday’s game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys, Cowboy fans could be heard around the blog-o-sphere chanting “Trap Game” and “Strange things happen in Arizona”. But at the end of the day, it was predictable play-calling, penalties and a wrongly taken time-out that decided the game’s outcome. Despite a very weak offensive...
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