ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo had no interest in ranking just how bad this loss was for the Dallas Cowboys after throwing two interceptions in the final 3 minutes.
Owner Jerry Jones was a bit more forthright after the 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, when the Cowboys blew a 23-point lead in the second half in a defeat that kept them from getting back in the NFC East lead with two games to play.
"This is one of the hardest losses that I've experienced. That's a shame that we've lost that ballgame," Jones said. "When you have that kind of lead and you are playing well, and we were playing well, then it's a shame to lose a ballgame like that."
With their second loss in the row, after Philadelphia lost earlier in the day, the Cowboys (7-7) remained a game behind the Eagles.
A week after Chicago scored on eight consecutive possessions against them, the Cowboys watched Green Bay get touchdowns on their first five drives after halftime. The Packers' last possession was Matt Flynn kneel-downs after Tramon Williams' diving pick that was initially called an incompletion before being overturned on a video review.
"We've got two weeks to get this thing right," cornerback Brandon Carr said. "Right now, words really have no effect. Complete debacle in the second half."
This is arguably the worst loss in the Jones era, even though it wasn't their biggest blown lead. The Cowboys led by 24 points in the third quarter at home two years ago against Detroit, which rallied for a 34-30 victory in a game when Romo had two interceptions returned for touchdowns.
"We've had some big wins, a couple of tough losses this year. This obviously falls into that tough loss category," Romo said. "We still control what we feel like we can get done. It just doesn't feel like it right now because we let slip away."
Yes, Dallas can still be the NFC East champion by winning next week at Washington and then in the Dec. 29 home finale against the Eagles. The Cowboys are 4-0 vs. NFC East teams so far this season.
"Real tough loss for us out there. This is unbelievable," Jones said. "But as it turns out we win the next two ballgames then we are exactly in the same spot as we were at 3:30 this afternoon."
Flynn, in very possibly his last start for Green Bay (7-6-1) before Aaron Rodgers returns, threw four touchdowns in the second half. Eddie Lacy had the winning score on a 1-yard plunge with 1:31 left after the first pick by Romo.