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Trailing Atlanta 7-3 in the second quarter, Garrett called a play for Austin that Dallas had been practicing all week. They were anticipating a certain coverage, practiced the play against that coverage, and then got that exact coverage from the Falcons.
Garrett anticipated the blitz and used maximum protection for Tony Romo. Witten wasn't part of the route combination. He stayed in to block a blitzer, as did fullback Deon Anderson.
Austin ran a deep crossing route away from where the coverage was favoring. He was matched against a safety, who was playing with outside leverage. There was no way with a good throw that the safety could catch up to Austin. Thanks to the maximum protection, Romo had all the time he needed to make a perfect throw.
The cornerback on Witten's side blitzed, which forced the other safety to play the deep coverage responsibility that normally would have been the corner's. It's a fish-out-of-water scenario for a safety to play a deep outside third -- it's just not something he is asked to do very often. As it happened, he was so focused on Witten that he didn't get any depth in his coverage to help out on Austin.
Romo was shocked when he saw the play unfold just the way Garrett said it would. Romo commented after the game, "That very seldom, if ever, comes up exactly the way you practice it." He joked, "I really hate to do this, but I give all the credit to the coaches on that one."