The Cowboys' sense of urgency in the final 26 seconds of their 31-29 loss to Baltimore is being questioned after Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison broke it down on NBC's Football Night in America.The Cowboys had the ball at the Baltimore 34-yard line with a timeout remaining after drawing a pass interference penalty. Tony Romo threw a quick pass to Dez Bryant, who was tackled after a 1-yard gain with 22 seconds remaining.
Dallas did not run another play, with Romo instead calling timeout with 6 seconds left. Dan Bailey’s 51-yard field goal, which would have tied his career long, was wide left.
Dungy and Harrison pointed out receivers Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree, who had run vertical routes, at first walking and then jogging back to the huddle as the seconds slipped away. The offensive linemen also seemed in no great hurry to get back to the line, and Bryant argued with an official about the spot.
Austin declined comment, but Ogletree said the situation was discussed in meetings Monday.
“I know that’s my job to get there and get to the line,” Ogletree said. “I know Miles and I both feel bad about what happened, because we know the outcome. We know we missed the field goal and how close that was and how precious yardage was at the end of the day. So getting back to the line of scrimmage, maybe getting the play called, I think this will all be great for us going forward in learning a lesson.”
-- Charean Williams