Last week, Tony Romo was a failure as he threw the game away against the Jets. This week, Romo is a superstar after a brilliant performance in a victory over the 49ers.
Such is life for the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback.
Romo shook off a rib injury that forced him to leave the game briefly (some reports said it was a broken rib that would keep him out of the game permanently) and came back to lead the Cowboys to a 27-24 overtime victory after they had trailed the 49ers by 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Overall, Romo completed 20 of 33 passes for 345 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. In a twist ending to this crazy game that would feel unbelievable if you saw it in a sports movie, it was Jesse Holley, a little-used receiver who only got a shot with the Cowboys because he won Michael Irvin’s Fourth and Long reality show, who caught a 77-yard pass from Romo to set up the game-winning field goal.
In addition to Holley, Cowboys receiver Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten both had big days for the Dallas passing game. Austin had 143 receiving yards and scored all three Dallas touchdowns (including one on a pass from Jon Kitna while Romo was nursing the rib injury), while Witten had seven catches for 102 yards.
For the 49ers, the loss is a huge disappointment. They had a big lead late in the game and were handed a couple of gift interceptions when Kitna came in and played badly in Romo’s place, and they still managed to lose — and miss an opportunity to become the only 2-0 team in the NFC West.
Instead, the Cowboys survived a rough road game and came out on top. And Romo went from goat to hero.