Patriots example of bouncing back after bad loss

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--Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is using his next opponent, the New England Patriots, as an example for his team on how to bounce back from losses and setbacks. The Patriots blew a 21-point lead against the Bills in a Week 3 loss only to bounce back and beat the Raiders. It's old habit for the Patriots, who have suffered back-to-back regular-season losses only three times since Tom Brady took over as starting quarterback.

"I think they're certainly an elite team, a championship team. They have a lot of great coaches, a lot of great players on their team," Garrett said. "What they did last week against Oakland is a great indicator, a great example for us. They had a very difficult loss at Buffalo, up three scores, turned it over four times in the game and Buffalo came back and beat them. But what they did is they went to Oakland and won a ballgame. I think that's an important thing for us to do. It's a good reminder for our football team that you've got to keep going."

--Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo got some support this week from Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki via Twitter.

"Dear tony romo. Don't worry abt all the critics. I heard that same garbage for a long time. Keep working hard and keep improving," @swish41 tweeted.

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said the gesture gave him even more respect for Nowtizki.

"I think his mindset is what he really said at the bottom of that tweet - keep your mind focused, keep working hard," Witten said. "I think Tony's trying to do the same thing. We're trying to do the same thing. We're a long ways away from playing in those kinds of games, but it's good to think about it, and it's good to prepare for those situations and hope you put yourself in those situations.

"But yeah, it was a class act of him to do that. I know Tony appreciated it."

--Immediately after the Lions game on Sunday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys didn't abandon the run in the second half when they had a 24-point lead. He said they ran it enough even though they only ran it 13 times in the second of what would become the biggest collapse in team history.

But now Garrett is taking a different view of the situation and acknowledging they should have run it more.

"Should we have run it more? Yeah, in hindsight some of the plays that went the other way, you say, 'Boy, I wish I had run it there,'" Garrett said. "But you always have to call the game. We got out to an early lead in the game. We came out in the second half and scored another touchdown and with 25 minutes to go in the game, you don't want to say let's just run it three times and punt it. You still want to play football. You still want to make sure you give the quarterback a lot of good answers to be smart with the football in everything that you do call and allow him to make the decisions.

"And unfortunately, a few of those decisions went the wrong way, and they made the plays, and we didn't. We, as coaches, evaluate everything we do. We evaluate what we did in terms of putting the game plan together, what we called in the game, how we adjusted in the game and there are things every week that I look back at and say, 'That wasn't very good, and we have to make those adjustments and learn from them,' just like the players."

BY THE NUMBERS
35.6 -- The percentage of run plays called this season by coach Jason Garrett, who said his goal is to have a 50-50 run pass mix.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I was going down there when we won three world championships, so I know it works. Now, let's smile about it a little bit, OK. Do we really think it impacts the outcome on the football field? I don't know that. Now I've been down there for almost entire games before. I do feel like I need to be down there on occasion. I want to get a sense for where the karma is, I get to get a sense for the attitude of the players on the sideline, just the body language, just the passion that's involved, who's in the game, who's gummed up, just the basic situation on the sideline. You need to know that if you're making the personnel decisions." -- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of his presence on the sideline late in games as he was in the loss the Lions on Sunday.

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