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December 31, 2012

Cowboys get away with first two INTs, but the third did them in

Tony Romo dropped back to pass six times in the first quarter. He went 1-for-5 for 23 yards and two interceptions, and he took one sack.

The first interception came on the team's third play from scrimmge. Romo chastised Kevin Ogletree on the sideline after Richard Crawford picked the ball at the Washington 17 as the Cowboys were marching toward an opening score set up by a Dwayne Harris punt return. Ogletree took the blame.

"The first interception was just a hot, kind of a built in hot that Tony saw pressure, and I’ve just got to get my eyes back a little quicker and give him a throw," Ogletree said.

The second was on Romo as he missed Miles Austin on a deep pass that Josh Wilson intercepted.

The Redskins, though, couldn't capitalize on either one, with a missed field goal and a punt.

Romo's third was the killer. With Dallas trailing by only three points, Romo felt pressure and tried to get the ball to running back DeMarco Murray. Rob Jackson intercepted at the Dallas 27.

"I think they sent a rusher inside that was going to break our protection, and I thought the safe throw was to throw it to DeMarco in the flat on the sideline," Romo said. "The guy made a play. He did a good job of peeling off as a defensive end, and I wish I had made a different decision at that time. That’s very disappointing. We had done a very good job in the final five to 10 minutes this year to give ourselves a chance to win a lot of football games. It just hurts a lot right now, and it’s hard to think about and talk about."

Six plays later, the Redskins iced the game with a 1-yard touchdown run.

"He was under pressure and tried to get rid of it," Murray said. "He was right in [Romo's] face."

The 19 interceptions that Romo threw this season tied a career-worst for him. He also had 19 in 2007.

-- Charean Williams 

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