The Dallas Cowboys had a 24-10 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter against the New York Jets, and my girlfriend and I, who were at the game, were glad to see the crowd of Jets fans finally silenced and not screaming profanities at us.
Even after the Jets had closed the gap at 24-17, Tony Romo had seemingly put the game out of reach with a 64-yard pass to Jason Witten at the Jets' 3-yard line.
There was 10 minutes left in the game, and all the Cowboys had to do was run the ball three times, take time off the clock and just come away with some kind of points.
Well, Tony Romo apparently decided that he needed some more touchdown passes on the season, and after running once with Felix Jones on first down, the Cowboys went shotgun on second and third down.
The worst part about trying to throw it on third down was how bad the play looked on the very last play on second down.
Then, to make matters worse, Tony Romo took off for the goal line and gloriously fumbled the ball, which was then recovered by the Jets.
So the entire Jets team gets to feel good. We watched as two drunken Jet fans almost killed themselves by jumping on each other, falling a few rows down and then high-fiving afterwards, and the Cowboys ended up with zero points on the drive.
The Cowboys' defense then ensued to force a fumble by sacking Mark Sanchez, giving the offense a chance to run some more time off the clock.
The offense then decided to run once and attempt two more passes and take a total of one minute and six seconds off the clock.
Now, I am not saying that the Dallas running game was dominating the Jets; however, there was only about six minutes left in the game and they needed to at least try and run the clock out.
The alternative was two incompletions, and then the Cowboys’ punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown to tie the game at 24.
With a 14-point lead already gone and the game tied, the Cowboys then decided they wanted to try to run some clock on the next drive and ended up punting back to the Jets.
The Jets had about two minutes to drive the field for at least a field goal, and the Cowboys' defense held again and forced a punt with one minute left in the game.
At worst, we were expecting the team to run the clock out for overtime; however, they only needed about 30 yards to be in range for the winning field goal in regulation.
What ensued was one of the dumbest decisions I’ve seen when Tony Romo decided to roll out of the pocket and throw a ball directly to Darelle Revis.
It was such a terrible decision and throw I do not even give any credit to Revis other than actually catching a ball thrown right to him.
With only one minute left and only needing about 30 yards to win the game, why would you not just throw it out of bounds?
The Dallas Cowboys should have won this game and were on their way to do so until Tony Romo decided that he didn’t make enough of an impact on the game.
Yes, some blame goes to head coach Jason Garrett for the offensive play call. However, Romo gets the blame for the terrible execution of those plays.
Just because Garrett calls a bad play does not mean that Romo could not have held onto the ball on the goal line instead of throwing it directly to Darelle Revis.
Tony Romo gift-wrapped this game for the Jets, and now we all have to listen to Jet fans talk up their over-hyped team even more.
No matter how much Jerry Jones loves Tony Romo and doesn’t see any fault in anything he does (see report), if he continues play like this, I say it’s time to move on.
All I know is that I “Can’t Wait" for the Jets to not win the Super Bowl and the next day hear Rex Ryan guarantee that they will win next year.