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November 25, 2013

Romo putting the team on his back


IRVING, Texas —

“I think you either feel comfortable in those situations or you don’t,” said Romo, who has 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. “Just through all the experiences and all the times you’ve put yourself in that position as a team and we feel good. We’ve done that a couple of times these last three weeks or four weeks and you just go out and do it.”

Besides the weather, there was one other big difference for Romo in his latest winning drive. He had Garrett in his ear on the headset instead of Wade Wilson.

The Cowboys used the bye week to juggle the play-calling mechanics after a 49-17 loss to New Orleans that was their worst under Garrett. Bill Callahan was still choosing the plays, but Garrett replaced Wilson as the relay man on the sideline, with Wilson joining Callahan in the booth for a better view of the defense.

“It is a role that I am comfortable in,” said Garrett, who gave up the play-calling duties to Callahan this year. “Just having been a quarterback and been in that situation, you don’t want some guy in your ear the whole game. So, I understand that. Essentially, I was just giving him the play like Wade gave him the play. But you do get a chance to add something here or there.”

Garrett said several times that the Cowboys hadn’t changed much. Romo agreed.

“To the quarterback on the field it doesn’t sound terribly different because it’s just coming in,” he said. “When I come to the sideline I just get on the headset and talk to Wade. And Bill and Jason always are a part of it.”

Dez Bryant had two third-down catches before the Cowboys were in field goal range against the Giants, making up for a bobble that turned into Romo’s only interception, another drop, and a fumble that went backward 26 yards and turned a possible first down into third-and-30.

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