IRVING -- Tony Romo is certainly going to get more chances to lead 2-minute drives.
But if he learned anything from the 2-minute drive at the end of regulation against the Arizona Cardinals, he wasn't sharing it Thursday in his weekly media session at Valley Ranch.
The ninth-year quarterback and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who are taking criticism for not saving time to try to get closer for a game-winning field goal try in last week's 19-13 overtime loss, are on the same page there.
"We're past that," Romo told reporters at Valley Ranch. "We're on to the Giants now. We're already on Day 2. Those things, we discussed after the game. We're moving on."
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A day earlier, Garrett had said almost the same thing: "We're on to the Giants. We've been on to the Giants for a couple of days now."
So Romo's role in the decision-making down the stretch against the Cardinals will remain a mystery, except that he does call a lot of his own plays when time gets tight.
"Different teams have different things," Romo said. "Play-calling stuff, I'll take almost all the calls and go through it. That's just part of what we do."
With the unanswered questions about the Arizona drive now a bullet point on his résumé, Romo's comeback drives will be scrutinized even more highly from here.
But if Sunday night's game against the New York Giants requires late managing of timeouts and field position, he will draw confidence from his past performances.
"We've done a good job of that all year," Romo said. "I think we've won or come back in, I don't know, four or five fourth quarters. We put ourselves in position. We've just got to find ways to win the game."
Romo has gotten the game tied or won on the last possession of regulation in four of the eight chances he's had this year.
He led field-goal drives that forced overtime in wins at San Francisco and Washington and field-goal drives that won home games against Washington and Miami.
He failed at home against Detroit, needing a touchdown, and against the Cardinals, although the game went to overtime and he didn't get a chance in overtime.
In two other comeback chances, he really didn't have much of a chance. He and the Cowboys got the ball with 27 seconds left needing a field goal against the Jets and with 22 seconds left needing a touchdown against the Patriots.
"Tony did a great job in a number of different 2-minute situations," Garrett said. "If you factor the San Francisco game in twice, to get us in position to kick the game-tying field goal and then to win in overtime, he's done it five times.... We haven't won some of the games, and that's just part of this, the nature of the league. You're going to be challenged in a lot of different areas, particularly at the position he plays. On the whole, he's done a nice job."
Romo said he enjoys those pressure drives and making quick decisions.
"I think you love being in the situation where you're making play calls and you're getting your team up into good stuff," he said.
Romo declined to answer a question about whether he knew he had two timeouts against Arizona when Dez Bryant caught a pass to the 31-yard line with 26 seconds left. On Romo's direction, the offense hustled to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball -- perhaps risking a formation penalty or a bobbled snap -- rather than using a timeout.
The Cowboys' execution in that stretch drew criticism from all corners of the NFL. But criticism comes with the position, and Romo knows how to handle it, backup quarterback Stephen McGee said.
"He's obviously extremely confident because he's been a great quarterback for a long time," McGee said. "He's made a lot of plays. He's the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, so pressure and criticism and all that kind of stuff, that just goes right off his shoulders. He has skin like an armadillo. You've got to, to be the Dallas Cowboys quarterback."
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