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Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy has weird explanation for running the clock at the end of Chargers win

It turns out it was all a matter of time at the end of Cowboys-Chargers.

The Cowboys scored a winning field goal on Greg Zuerlein’s leg on Sunday against the Chargers, securing a 20-17 victory, the first for Dallas this season.

But seconds before the 56-yard buzzer beater, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy questioned the use of a second timeout.

Set the scene: With the stopwatch running and the Cowboys behind the wheel, Dallas had more than enough time to kick off another game with about 30 seconds left in the game and a timeout in their pocket. Rather than running a play to potentially improve field position and give the kicker a more acceptable field goal try, McCarthy and the Cowboys staff let the clock run for up to four seconds before calling a timeout.

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Needless to say, heads were scratched at the curious handling of the game. After the victory, Cowboys coach McCarthy tried to explain the strategy – or lack thereof – at his post-game press conference.

According to McCarthy, the clock “slipped” after Tony Pollard’s last run, and associated that confusion with the personnel they were trying to put on the field with the game on the line.

Needless to say, this isn’t the first time McCarthy has confused the masses with his curious clock-management decisions, as it was one of his main training flaws during his time with the Packers.

All’s well that ends well, though: The kick pushed the Cowboys to 1-1 this year, full steam ahead ahead of Monday night’s game against the Eagles.

But the next time McCarthy manages the clock properly, it might be the first time.

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