ARLINGTON -- Most NFL owners stay in their suite during the game. Or, at the very least, they don't come onto the field and talk with their coach during a game.
But Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones felt the need to hold an impromptu meeting with Jason Garrett during the first quarter of the Cowboys-Eagles game.
After the Cowboys' 20-7 home loss, Jones addressed the first-quarter exchange. Jones wanted to inform Garrett of the injury status of quarterback Tony Romo and also update him on the Giants' victory over the Jets.
"Basically [I] told him about Tony, and what we were doing with him," Jones said. "The fact that Tony really wanted to get back in, and he could grip the ball. Plus, we all knew that the Jets had lost, so we knew what was at stake in this game. That had a bearing to some degree how we played some of the guys."
Asked why he felt the need to meet with Garrett during the game, Jones said: "I don't want to be sarcastic, but I would need a psychologist to [know why] I feel these needs. But I did want to go communicate with Jason."
The Giants' victory, meant the NFC East winner will be decided in the regular-season finale next week. Nothing, from a playoff standpoint, would be determined Saturday.
But Jones made it clear that the conversation wasn't about telling Garrett what players to rest, including running back Felix Jones.
"Certainly I agree with how we played the game tonight and who played what, when and how they played it," Jones said. "I was in complete agreement with it and was in agreement with it when we were doing it, so I was very aware of what we were doing and what we were deciding and how we were deciding what was going on.
"And it was certainly something we had agreed we all wanted to bounce off each other as the game moved along."
Sunday night move
The only game with a win-and-you're-in scenario for both teams in the final week of the season is the Giants-Cowboys. Because of that, the game has been moved to NBC's Sunday Night Football (KXAS/Ch. 5) with kickoff scheduled for 7:20 p.m.
Linebacker Sean Lee didn't play in the fourth quarter because of an injured hamstring. After the game, Lee said he tweaked it, but it wouldn't be an issue going forward.
"I'll be ready," Lee said. "Nothing serious."
Keith Brooking replaced Lee in the game.
Guard Montrae Holland injured his left arm, and was replaced by Kevin Kowalski in the fourth quarter. Holland said his arm will be further examined today, although he expected to play against the Giants.
Chance to shine
Backup quarterback Stephen McGee and tight end Martellus Bennett have been playing together since their days at Texas A&M. So, when McGee replaced Tony Romo in the first quarter, it wasn't too surprising to see him find Bennett.
Bennett matched his season-high with three catches for 28 yards.
"I've known the guy for eight years," Bennett said. "We do a lot of stuff during the week. Me and McGee, we have a good feel for each other and the things we do."
Running back Chauncey Washington had his first rushing attempt since 2008, seeing time with Felix Jones resting.
"It felt good to be back out there," Washington said. "Hopefully I get some more opportunities next week."
Finally, Dwayne Harris returned kicks for the first time since being released on Oct. 18 -- and then re-signed on Dec. 14. Harris had three punt returns for 3 yards, and two kickoff returns for 85 yards, including a career-long 51-yarder.
"They know that I can play football," Harris said. "It just gave me a chance to go out and show what I can do this week."
Saturday's loss marks the first time since 2006 that the Cowboys were swept by the Eagles.
Tight end Jason Witten had 24 yards receiving, giving him 7,840 for his career and moving him past Drew Pearson (7,822) into third place in franchise history.