ARLINGTON, Texas - Tony Romo walked toward the locker room thinking about all the mistakes the Dallas Cowboys made and all the crucial plays they hadn't, the 0-2 hole they're in and the lack of an easy way out.

With nothing else he could do about it yesterday, Romo smacked his hand against a wall in frustration.

Romo threw two weird interceptions and was far from crisp, his running game was absent and his defense failed to protect two early leads, letting Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears pull out a 27-20 victory.

Devin Hester caught four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown for the Bears (2-0). Cutler was 21-for-29 for 277 yards.

Despite all their woes, the Cowboys had a chance to tie it midway through the fourth quarter when new kicker David Buehler badly pulled a 44-yard field goal. After Cutler stretched the lead, Romo began a rally that could've kept things close, then receiver Roy Williams lost a fumble while fighting for extra yards.

Now a club that's hoping to end its season in the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium walks away from its home opener in the same building mired at 0-2, its worst start since 2001.

"We've got to do things better and we need to figure out in a hurry how," Romo said.

Tight end Jason Witten left midway through the fourth after slamming his head into the turf, and Pro Bowl cornerback Mike Jenkins hurt his right knee soon after and is scheduled to have an MRI today.

"I think it is a crossroads right now," Phillips said.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he's trying to be patient, with Buehler (who also missed a 34-yarder in the opener) and everyone else. "The best thing I can do right now is not knee-jerk," he said. "I'm mad, I'm upset, I'm very frustrated and extremely disappointed."

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