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Cowboys' Jones continues to stand by Garrett

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is standing by Jason Garrett, although he would not give another vote of confidence about his coach's future following Sunday's devastating loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The Cowboys blew a 23-point lead in the second half as the Packers matched the biggest comeback in franchise history in their 37-36 win.

Jones had previously given Garrett a vote of confidence in November, but didn't repeat that following the loss to Green Bay.

"Let me be real clear: My refusal to comment one way or another is not, in any way, a change from anything that I've said earlier about Jason's future as our coach," Jones said Sunday night. "That's all I'm going to say about it."

Jones called Sunday's loss one of the "hardest losses that I've experienced."

"You've got a game. We're talking about this ballgame right here today," Jones said. "Every time in sport when a coach loses a ballgame, you've got to have a vote of confidence, so we're not getting involved in that. The coach is as sick as I am about how bad we played in the second half."

Jones was pressed further by the media and was told he had a chance to once again quiet any speculation about Garrett's future.

"Don't. Don't. I don't need any chance. I slammed the door back, what was it, four weeks ago. That door was slammed," Jones said. "I don't need another chance, and you all shouldn't ask for one every time, under any circumstance, whether we've had a bad practice or a bad loss like we had today."

The Cowboys are 28-26 during Garrett's tenure as coach.

Tony Romo threw two fourth-quarter interceptions against the Packers, including one that led to the game-winning touchdown.

The Cowboys (7-7) trail the Eagles by one game in the NFC East, but Dallas still controls its own destiny with games in Washington and home against Philadelphia to close the regular season.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Dez Bryant apologized Monday for leaving the field before the clock ran out in Sunday's loss.

Bryant left the sideline with 1:21 left on the clock.

"I was wrong," Bryant told reporters during a visit to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. "It didn't have anything to do with my teammates. I just ... I couldn't watch Green Bay kneel the ball down on the field after a tough loss like that.

"I was very emotional. I cried when I got into the locker room. I didn't want to show that stuff on the sideline."

Garrett said he would discuss the situation with Bryant on Monday.

Bryant had 11 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
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