Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said going with a run on third-and-9 to set up a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter was the right way to win the game.
“I thought that was conservative and the right way to win the game,” he said. “I would like to see the game put away right there, but there are many things that we all would like. That’s in the name of just winning it right there.”
The Cowboys owner said he wouldn’t second-guess the call by coach Jason Garrett for a run on third-and-9 from the Carolina 15 with the Cowboys trailing 14-13. Phillip Tanner gained 5 yards, and Dan Bailey’s field goal put the Cowboys ahead 16-14 with 3:28 left.
“He did the right thing,” Jones said of Garrett. “He completely shifted it over to the defense and said – which the defense has done once – but he basically said, ‘OK, defense, win it.’ And to their credit, they did.”
-- Carlos Mendez