ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo thought he had finished all his work by halftime, when the first-team Cowboys offense finally scored a touchdown.
The Dallas quarterback had to get called back after their 24-18 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Thinking he was done since he had given quotes to a team official at halftime, after throwing two TD passes, Romo initially left the locker room Saturday night without talking. He eventually spoke on a conference call with reporters crowded around a speakerphone in a small room.
"I thought it was important more than anything just to score points and put us in a position to have a good feeling as we finished the preseason with the starters," Romo said. "It was something we needed to do to cap the preseason because we hadn't gotten in the end zone yet."
In what expected to be the last game action for Romo and the starters until their season opener in two weeks against the NFC East rival New York Giants, Romo completed 13 of 18 passes for 137 yards, with TDs to Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.
There were five series for Romo, the same as his other two games when the only score for the starters was a field goal.
Here are five things we learned from the Bengals and Cowboys:
1. GREEN IS GOOD: Two-time Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green made his preseason debut for Cincinnati after being sidelined the first two games because of a bruised left knee sustained in the first training camp workout. He caught three passes for 42 yards, and was a heel from having a touchdown — he didn't quite get his second foot down in bounds after a nifty catch on the far side of the end zone in the third quarter. "I felt good out there. Good to get back, get my wind back," Green said. Asked about Green's solid performance, quarterback Andy Dalton responded, "It's what I expect."
2. MURRAY'S RESPONSE: A primary emphasis for the Cowboys after six turnovers their previous game was to take care of the football. They didn't have any turnovers, though No. 1 running back DeMarco Murray fumbled inside the Cowboys 10 in the first quarter. Dallas offensive tackle Jermey Parnell recovered and Murray stayed in for the rest of that drive. But Murray then got benched until the second half by coach Jason Garrett. Murray responded after coming out with second-team quarterback Kyle Orton for the first drive after halftime. Murray carried eight times for 45 yards, then twisted and turned past five defenders to turn a short pass into a 7-yard touchdown.
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