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Cowboys QB Tony Romo Interview

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Q: How do you feel about what's at stake in Sunday's game?

A: I think everyone knows this is an important game and you have to play the best football this time of year. We're going to go out there and give great effort and be ready for a great challenge in the Giants.

Q: Do you look at this as a must-win?

A: We look at it like every game we have. They're all important. They're all big games. For us, it's just another one in the line of games that keep coming along and we have to play our best game this week.

Q: When you look at the Giants, do you think 'they're on a four-game losing streak, they're kind of limping in here, this is perfect'?

A: No, we don't look at it that way. I think when you watch the tape the Giants are doing a lot of good things. Defensively they are great up front. I know they've been hurt with some injuries at different times this year, but they look to be playing pretty good football right now. We're going to have a great challenge. And they're going to be ready to go. Obviously this game has importance to them and the situation with the standings and everything. We have to get great intensity and just have a great record in this game and try to come out on top.

Q: Do you guys get motivation from what the Giants have done in your building in the past?

A: No. I think it's just every season is a different year. It always plays out differently. Obviously we play these teams in the division twice a year so it's something new each time. What you know is the personnel that they have and the good players that they have. It's going to require a great team effort to beat a team like this. We have to prepare great this week and be ready for a great challenge.

Q: Do you feel some of your aggressiveness has been lost?

A: No. We've been very aggressive. Sometimes it just doesn't compute with what the defenses are doing. We call a lot of down the field stuff. It depends on the coverages you're getting, the time you're getting and those kinds of things that go into it. Anybody who comes up with a statement about what the game plan is really has no idea. It's just dictated by the coverage that day and what the defense is doing and the time you're afforded. There are a lot of different things that go into it. We've been very aggressive and we've been playing some pretty good football here these last five weeks. So we're going to continue to be aggressive.

Q: Were you disappointed that you didn't get a chance to get the ball a little closer after the pass to Bryant?

A: We were trying to get inside the 35-yard line. That was the number one goal, especially if the clock started to go down. You're just thinking about that and obviously there are a lot of different situations that people talk about and we talk about in here as far as what we're trying to do and where we're trying to get to and the way to go about it. You continue to do those things and get better with everything.

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Q: Did you look at it like the coach didn't want to take a chance?

A: You'd have to ask the coaches all that stuff.

Q: I'm just wondering what your interpretation of it was?

A: Like I said, you'd have to ask them. At the end of the game you're trying to get inside the 35-yard line as a football team. We had situations and we threw them together. We were trying to get our kicker to a certain spot and we're in the middle of the field. We're inside our line. If the kick goes in, those questions are moot points. You're always trying to do things the right way at the end of games and we'll continue to always try to get better at that. That's something that we felt comfortable with at the time.

Q: The Giants ended your season last year. Has that come up this week?

A: No, that hasn't come up. We're putting our heads down and playing each game – through adversity, through good times, through whatever. We're just taking it one game at a time and playing our best football each week. We're trying to play our best game. Knowing that each game is very important, we'll continue to do that. The next game is up and we have to be ready to go for a good game.

Q: One of your teammates today called Jacobs a 'bully' and said, 'Yes, the Cowboys and the Giants do have something extra.' Do you feel that way?

A: I think the Giants are a good team. I don't think about it any more than just knowing that they're a team that's near us in the division and this game is important going forward, but next week's game is going to be important as well. You just need to play a good game this week and come out there and really just play the best game as a team and know that going into it. They are all really important from this point.

Q: Do you like the way the schedule has played out that you get to play the Giants twice in the last four weeks?

A: Each year we end up with Philly or the Giants, it seems like, at the end of the year. There's usually a game sprinkled in there that at some point we're going to play them again. That's just how things are. It's going to make for good television, I'm sure.

Q: What do you credit for Mile Austin's success?

A: He's just a hard working kid who cares about the game. He's a great teammate. He's got a lot of physical ability, but he's a smart kid too and we're lucky to have him. He's a great, great player and he makes everyone else's job a little bit easier when he's out there.

Q: How would you describe the rivalry between the Cowboys and the Giants?

A: I think there's a lot of history with the Giants, Eagles, Redskins. It's just part of playing in this division. There are usually consistently three or four good teams and there are always big games and that's what makes it enjoyable to go into games that we feel like there's some history in. Teams have great competition between each other.

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