Phillips explains going for TD over FG

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- There were a lot of things that went wrong for the Cowboys on Monday night, but coach Wade Phillips made an interesting decision in the fourth quarter.

With the Cowboys down, 38-20, early in the fourth quarter, Phillips elected to go for it on fourth down from the Giants 6 instead of attempting a field goal. Backup quarterback Jon Kitna's pass to Miles Austin was incomplete. It was an interesting decision because a David Buehler made field goal would have pulled the Cowboys within 38-23.

The Cowboys forced turnovers on the Giants' next two offensive possessions but were able to score just once off them, a Kitna touchdown pass to Dez Bryant. The two-point conversion was made to cut the score to 38-28.

Dallas failed to recover the onside kick, and Lawrence Tynes' 26-yard field goal was the cherry on top of a 41-28 lead.

But Phillips not going for it might have changed the complexion of the game.

"We still needed another touchdown yeah," Phillips said. "At that time we were still 18 points behind, so we needed a touchdown."

There was no follow up regarding Phillips' move.