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December 15, 2013

Cowboys go away from Murray in second half; Romo says game called for it

DeMarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys proved again they could run the ball effectively Sunday afternoon. They apparently chose not to in the second half.

“At different times in the second half we probably could have run the ball more,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We didn't run a ton versus stacked boxes. I don't think anyone is going to have a ton of success. Sometimes you'll scoot through. But they switched up a little of their defensive game plan once we got up pretty good. That's also why we were able to move the ball."

Murray carried 11 times for 93 yards in the first half, averaging 8.5 yards. But he got the ball only seven times over the final two quarters. Four of those attempts came on the opening drive of the half.

“We decided to be a little more aggressive and felt it was the right approach with the way the game was going,” quarterback Tony Romo said.

Murray finished with 18 carries for 134 yards, a 7.4-yard average, the only Cowboys player to carry in the game.

He didn’t answer questions in the locker room afterward.

He apparently needed to run.

-- Art Garcia

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