Reserve running back Phillip Tanner was quick to take the blame for Tony Romo’s third quarter interception, which set the Eagles up for their first and only scoring drive of the day.
“I brought my man inside. I should have broke outside,” Tanner said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But that’s something I should have known. As the leader that Romo is, he did what he was supposed to do. He came over and got me right.”
Romo could be seen giving the third-year running back an earful on the sidelines just after the pass, which ended up in the hands of Philly linebacker DeMeco Ryans. Ryans returned it 34 yards before Romo could get in front of him, allowing right tackle Doug Free to make the tackle from behind.
“The kid (Ryans) makes a heck of a play,” Romo said of the pick. “I got to be able to somehow feel him and see him and not make that mistake.”
Of course, the weight of Tanner’s mistake was diminished by the fact that, following the field goal, Dallas continued to stymie the Eagles’ offense and came away with a 17-3 win. But Tanner isn’t going to forget the miscue.
“That’s something I should know,” he said. “But we got the win. Overall, that’s the most important thing. So I just got to build from that and not make that mistake again.”
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