Quarterback Tony Romo said he either wanted to go for it or have Dan Bailey try the 61-yard field goal.
He almost had coach Jason Garrett convinced. Ultimately, Garrett decided to punt, and the game went to overtime, where the Cowboys beat the Steelers 27-24.
“I was vocal about it, but Jason, he went back and forth a few times and then he did a great job of understanding the game situation and what took place,” Romo said. “You know a lot of that. You go ask the kicker where their line is, what their spots are. Before the game, they come up with that. It’s hard because you don’t want to deviate. But at that moment in the game, do we deviate from what we’ve said all along?
“It was just outside. Could he have gotten it there? Maybe. He said that the line was either at the 41 or 42, so you’re kind of in between. He stuck with his guns, we talked, he made a great choice there, and obviously, it turned out great.”
Garrett said he had to think without emotion.
“Emotionally, you say, ‘Hey, what do you think? But if you miss that, the game is over. They’re going to kick the field goal,or they’re going to score a touchdown. You have to take the emotion out of it and do the right thing.”
-- Carlos Mendez