Jason Garrett made sure Tony Romo wouldn't lose the game against the Patriots. But he didn't let him win it, either.
Garrett's play-calling in the critical moments of Sunday's 20-16 loss to Patriots had all the earmarks of a coach playing not to lose.
The first critical moment came with about six minutes to go in a tie game and the Cowboys looking at first-and-goal at the 10.
First down was a five-yard pass to tight end Martellus Bennett. Second down was a pass in the flat that running back DeMarco Murray couldn't handle.
On third-and-goal from the five, knowing there's plenty of time for Tom Brady and the Patriots to answer, Garrett played it safe with a shovel pass.
It's essentially a running play, and the Cowboys had not been able to run the ball all day 24 carries netted a mere 77 yards. The only risk is if a New England lineman intercepts the ball. If it's dropped or knocked down, it's simply an incompletion.
Predictably, the shovel pa...