Here is the official Cowboys explanation for quarterback Tony Romo putting three fingers up after the final fourth down play against the Broncos. Apparently Romo knew it was fourth down but he was hoping the officials made a mistake and the Cowboys could get an extra down.That's the story Romo told Cowboys public relations director Rich Dalrymple.
Here's a statement from Dalrymple to the media:
"As Tony was walking off the field after the fourth down play, he saw that the down marker on the Dallas sideline read “3.” As it turned out, the marker was in the process of being changed, sequentially, from the number “4” to the number “1” for the Broncos ensuing possession. The marker on the Cowboys side read “3” temporarily. When he saw the “3,” he thought there might have been the possibility of an error on the down count. After asking the officials (holding up three fingers), he then saw the down marker move through the progression from 3 to 2 to 1. He told the offense it was fourth down in the huddle prior to the last play. "
Clarence E. Hill Jr.