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December 17, 2013

Jones says poor throw caused Romo's first interception, says it was 50-50 on fault for second one

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tony Romo’s final interception Sunday was both Romo’s and Cole Beasley’s fault.

“It was probably one that you could take back, and should take back,” he said on his radio show Tuesday on KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan.” “But still, I understand, and I think it’s a toss-up as to who’s at fault there. We just got the ball intercepted and made a bad play. Beasley’s got a good reason for playing the ball the way he did, the way we read that play, and Romo has a reason for throwing the ball there.”

Beasley said after the game he should have kept running his route toward the sideline, instead of settling in a hole between defenders. Coach Jason Garrett called it a miscommunication.

On Romo’s first interception, on a second-and-6 play where he checked out of a run but threw behind Miles Austin, Jones said it was a matter of a poor throw.

“You get a little more loop on the ball … you get that thing up in the air, a little more loop on it, Miles is still running,” Jones said. “He had pressure. He had pressure. He called off the tight end coming across because he thought theoretically that would bring another linebacker into the position to throw the ball. Now, we need a chalkboard to do what we’re doing right now. But the point is, I understand what happened, and the ball got in behind him, and the guy made a great play.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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