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December 16, 2013

On disappearing running game, Romo, Garrett say they were trying to stay aggressive, avoid going into stacked fronts

Tony Romo checked out of a run on the second-and-1 play that resulted in the final interception because he didn’t want to run into a stacked front.

Looking back, he says the Cowboys should have run, obviously.

“It’s a run call we have. We’ll have it up three to five to six times a game where you will throw the ball because you get a bad look into the run,” Romo said. “That’s a time, when I look back now, we should have run the ball because I threw an interception. We shouldn’t ever give them a chance to have the ball. We’ve got to get better. I’ve got to do better than that. It’s tough.”

Romo said the Cowboys wanted to stay aggressive in the second half because of the way the Packers were playing defense.

“It's easy to look back now and say run the ball, run the ball, run the ball,” Romo said. “But at the same time, if you are not going to have numbers, it’s a tough situation. What I have to do is a better job protecting the ball in that situation. I didn't do a good enough job of that tonight. I will next time.”

Romo was reluctant to send a run against more players than the offense could block.

“We didn’t run a ton against stacked boxes,” he said. “I don’t think any team is going to have a ton of success. They are going to run sometimes. But they switched up defenses once we got up pretty good. That’s also why we were able to move the ball during the game. Ultimately, it came down to execution on both sides of the ball. We both needed to do better. It’s a team game.”

Coach Jason Garrett said the Packers were trying to get the Cowboys to run twice and force a third-and-long.

“You adopt an aggressive mentality, but you also want to be as smart as you can be in that situation with that whey are going to do,” Garrett said. “They are going to put nine guys on the line of scrimmage. They are going to try to get you to second-and-12 and third-and-14 and try to get the ball back that way. So you want to implement the offense the best you can. You want to run the football if you can create some favorable run looks, and then you want to simply make plays in the passing game.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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