Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has delivered a strong defence of quarterback Tony Romo, insisting that he needs to take chances late in games to keep their fleeting play-off hopes alive.
Romo came in for heavy criticism across the NFL after throwing two interceptions in the fourth quarter of last weekend's collapse to the Green Bay Packers, which saw Dallas surrender a 23-point half-time lead to agonisingly lose 37-36.
Jones rejected the notion that Romo should carry the can for the Cowboys's second-half meltdown, imploring a gutsy effort full of aggression that he thinks remains the right way for Dallas to make the playoffs.
He told ESPN Sports Center: "When it basically has to unfold for him out there, the defense gets out of their structure, we get out of our structure on pass routes.
"All of a sudden, you're into a little more sandlot-type football. In doing so, there's more risk that's involved. Make no mistake about it, with where we are with our personnel, we're going to have to take risks."
Romo was most roundly vilified for changing a run play to a passing route deep in the fourth quarter, a decision which led to an interception and ultimately cost Dallas the game.
The pressure is firmly on Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett to deliver the two wins required to secure Dallas a place in the postseason, with their last two matches against the Washington Redskins and NFC East leaders Philadelphia Eagles.