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Cowboys teammates deflect blame from Tony Romo

Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox argues Tony Romo doesn’t deserve the blame. Receiver Cole Beasley takes the blame.

But fair or unfair, tight end Jason Witten knows Romo will catch most of the blame.

“It’s always going to happen,” Witten said. “In my mind, I don’t think it’s should he or should he not, but he’s a great quarterback. He’s done a lot of great things.

“Obviously, I’ve got a lot of confidence in who he is and what he is, so we’ll bounce back and believe in him. But those things happen. It’s part of playing that position. Nobody wants it more than him.”

Romo threw two interceptions in the final 2:46 Sunday, which played a part in the Dallas Cowboys blowing a 23-point halftime lead in a 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

“We didn’t do the things we needed to well to win the game,” Romo said. “No one cares how the game went. They just care: Did you win or lose? We lost. And I threw an interception at the end. That’s what it is.

“No one cares how it happened. That’s the ultimate thing that it comes down to: Did you win or did you lose? How did it end? No one feels sorry for you.”

Romo and the Cowboys were cruising along toward a blowout. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 250 yards, a touchdown and a 102.4 passer rating in the first half as the Cowboys built a 26-3 halftime lead.

But it is December, and history says Romo and the Cowboys don’t win in December. Somehow, some way they find a way to lose.

Dallas led 36-24 with 7:55 remaining on a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, getting a break when Tramon Williams’ interception of Romo was overturned. But that was the only break Romo got.

With the Cowboys clinging to a 36-31 lead with 2:58 left, and the Packers down to one timeout, Romo changed a running play to a passing play when he saw Miles Austin with one-on-one coverage.

With Clay Matthews chasing Romo out of the pocket, Romo threw on the run toward Austin. Cornerback Sam Shields stepped in front of Austin at the Dallas 45, giving the Packers the ball back with 2:46 left.

After the Packers took the one-point lead, Romo got a chance for redemption with 1:31 remaining. He went to Beasley for 9 yards on first down and attempted to go back to Beasley on second down, but Romo and Beasley weren’t on the same page.

“That was on me. That is all it was,” Beasley said. “…I saw the corner, and I thought I was down a little bit. I don’t have the option to do that on that play. That was my fault.”

Williams intercepted the pass to crush the Cowboys’ comeback hopes.