For the second year in a row, the Dallas Cowboys lost a do-or-die Week 17 game. In 2011, the Cowboys fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in a game that would have given Dallas the NFC East crown -- and in 2012, the Cowboys fell in the same exact type of game, but this time to the Washington Redskins.
Needless to say, the folks at SB Nation's Cowboys blog, Blogging the Boys, aren't too pleased about the latest loss. K.D. Drummond notes that much of the blame will be given to Tony Romo and Jason Garrett -- even though the Cowboys were dominated in the loss.
Dallas was thoroughly dominated for much of the game, on both sides of the ball. At the end of the day, though, it will be placed on the quarterback and the head coach, because that's just how it goes. Garrett didn't attempt a 50+ yard field goal before half when his kicker had struggled in that direction during pregame warmups, but fans weren't privy to that information and it will be quickly forgotten as the doubting moves into the offseason.
Romo finished the game 20-of-37 passing for 218 yards, with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Unfortunately for Romo, his last interception was the back breaker. Trailing by just three points, Romo floated a pass up for DeMarco Murray, but Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson picked it off, giving the Redskins the ball deep in Dallas territory with just four minutes to play.
Needless to say, Romo's decision making him didn't make him any fans on Sunday night -- and certainly justified some of his critics.