"We just felt that was the right thing to do at that time," Garrett said. "Keeping the timeout to be able to kick a field goal is really important if you can do it. So in those situations when you make a first down, we believe clock it there so you keep the timeout in your back pocket. Obviously, in that situation we're trying to go down there and score a touchdown, so you want to keep as much time on the clock as you can. If the clock is going and you need a timeout to get yourself in field goal range, you have that one still available to you."
There is a difficult balance between trying to win the game and ensuring a dominant player like Rodgers is left with as little time as possible. The Cowboys used the final timeout on a fruitless freeze attempt of Packers kicker Mason Crosby on the game winner. It's easy to second-guess now, but even the Packers QB thinks the Cowboys played it wrong, leaving 35 seconds for one final drive.