The Cowboys trailed the Saints 42-17 with 12:43 left in the game Sunday. Yet, Tony Romo and the first-team offense played two more series after that.
Jason Garrett said, in hindsight, that was a mistake.
"We should have taken him out," Garrett said. "We talked about taking him out. He wanted to stay in. We should have taken him out. ...We should have taken all those guys out, but they all wanted to stay in. 'We're not coming out.' But that was a bad decision by me. We should have taken them out of the game."
The Cowboys ran six plays in the fourth quarter, going three-and-out on both their drives. But Romo was sacked twice on the final drive.
Romo was relieved by Kyle Orton in mop-up duty in Week 4 last season as the backup played the final 11 plays -- a touchdown drive on the last series -- of a 34-18 loss to the Bears.
"We're all competitors," Garrett said. "Everybody is a competitor who is out there. Everybody wants to play, and those guys wanted to continue to play. When we put all the factors together, we should have taken them out of the game. They shouldn't have played that last series."
-- Charean Williams