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Tony Romo shakes off injury, Cowboys top 49ers in overtime

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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.

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33 Responses to “Tony Romo shakes off injury, Cowboys top 49ers in overtime”
  1. pacificnw7722 says: Sep 18, 2011 7:40 PM

    WR Jesse Holley is the real deal, they SHOULD have him more involved in games this season.

  2. j.w. tex says: Sep 18, 2011 7:43 PM

    All you guys calling Romo a choke artist will have to cool it for at least a week. Dude came out and played like a champ, making the right reads and throws late and under pressure. 20-33, 2TDs, and and all around gritty performance. Good reward for those of us who didn’t jump off the bandwagon when it got a little bumpy.

  3. localbandhero says: Sep 18, 2011 7:46 PM

    “Tony Romo does something strange and comes up HUGE in the clutch.” There’s a headline for ya.

  4. jdbaker1860 says: Sep 18, 2011 7:47 PM

    Yeah right holley is the real deal He’s a drama queen. He acts like he just won the superbowl and he didn’t even score.

  5. chowface86 says: Sep 18, 2011 7:48 PM

    Please give Favre a look PLEASSEEEEEEEEE

  6. ontheteebox says: Sep 18, 2011 7:50 PM

    Cowboys Won! Cowboys Won! Cowboys Won! Gonna be a great week!

  7. mikebrowndie says: Sep 18, 2011 7:50 PM

    Jessica Simpson

  8. trollhammer20 says: Sep 18, 2011 7:52 PM

    Only two games in, but Harbaugh really seems like a guy who plays not to lose instead of playing to win. Niners were up 16 last week and it turned into a two point game before Ginn’s heroics, and they had a ten-point lead evaporate into an overtime loss today.

    At one point in the fourth quarter, he could have had first and ten at the Dallas 23 and instead opted to keep the three points the team had just scored. If he plays for the TD there, and makes it, Dallas probably never ties it at the end. Instead, he took the “safe” ten point lead.

  9. cowboyfan45 says: Sep 18, 2011 7:52 PM

    Jesse Holley is the real deal!!!!!!!!!!!…………Bahahahahaha!!!!

    a special teams player, that’s what it his…every dog finds a bone once in a while….

  10. slightlyhyphy says: Sep 18, 2011 7:57 PM

    Judging by media coverage in the bay area, I was about ready to pencil in the Niners for the superbowl! I mean, they essentially make Harbaugh out to be some type of god. I little dose of reality was sorely needed!

  11. dogsweat1 says: Sep 18, 2011 8:01 PM

    Sounded like Cowboys Stadium…………….

    Nice comeback!!

  12. cowboynation919 says: Sep 18, 2011 8:02 PM

    Romo comes back in after suffering a fractured or brokin rib, and leads the boys to a win. Those who have actually watched Tony play over the years should not be surprised.

    Guy has a great heart and is always looking to contribute to the team. I for one am proud to say it is and always has been an honor to have Romo as our QB.

  13. cup0pizza says: Sep 18, 2011 8:19 PM

    The niners blow, but that was a gutsy performance from Romo. Sweet. They HAVE to do something about the running game, though. Putrid. Go Cowboys!

  14. joetoronto says: Sep 18, 2011 8:20 PM

    It’s a NinerDynasty!

  15. happybunnyj says: Sep 18, 2011 8:21 PM

    Knew Romo was a fierce competitor. Didn’t know he was that physically tough. I thought it was 2010 all over again the way the game started.

  16. eaglesblow says: Sep 18, 2011 8:21 PM

    That’s Romo’s 10th 4th quarter comeback.

  17. chowface86 says: Sep 18, 2011 8:35 PM

    Didnt Holly win a raffle for his spot?

  18. boysroll says: Sep 18, 2011 8:49 PM

    for those haters out there ragging on tony romo you just saw one of the best performances ever with a broken rib albeit. This guy has heart and is a fierce competitor. All I have to say is

    HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!!!

    Now bring on those 4skins as they have had 2 easy homes games and my boys have had to travel coast to coast back to back…talk about unfair…..

  19. numberoneinthehoodg says: Sep 18, 2011 9:29 PM

    Was this the playoffs? No didn’t think so.

  20. bobhk says: Sep 18, 2011 10:06 PM

    I can already see the Romo/Cowboy bandwagon getting heavy. Guys, if the cowboys were supposed to be good they weren’t supposed to eek out a win again a rebuilding team with a new head coach in a shortened offseason.

    BTW, I saw the game and the hit on Romo was not a big hit. He’s just a sissy and had to be sent in when Kitna was stinking up the joint.

    I think Cowboys are headed for a smackdown against the skins next sunday.

  21. nyyankeedave says: Sep 18, 2011 10:53 PM

    So…Cowboys BARELY beat a team they were supposed to handle easily? Great, here comes another week of Tony Romo-Jesus comparisons! After all, Romo is the GREATEST, right?

  22. bluemist says: Sep 19, 2011 3:29 AM

    BTW, I saw the game and the hit on Romo was not a big hit. He’s just a sissy and had to be sent in when Kitna was stinking up the joint.

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    It wasn’t a big hit? It fractured his rib, you numbnut.

  23. eaglesblow says: Sep 19, 2011 9:45 AM

    So…Cowboys BARELY beat a team they were supposed to handle easily? Great, here comes another week of Tony Romo-Jesus comparisons! After all, Romo is the GREATEST, right?

    =======================

    He’s not the greatest, but I figure there’s about a 90% chance that he’s better than what you have.

  24. briank1ne says: Sep 19, 2011 9:47 AM

    wow. you cowboy fans sure know how to get loud when you beat a team that hasnt made it to the playoffs in 10 yrs in overtime. where were all these loud mouths last week? With that being said let me remind you that the niners last playoff win is closer to todays date than the cowboys last post season win.

  25. travisblink619 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:27 AM

    Dallas was the recipient of a Jim Harbaugh gift. Rookie coaching error. When he took 3 points instead of 15 yards. That was a game changer. Logic tells you to take the 15 yards. Even if you don’t move another yard, you have a kicker who can knock 35 yarders in his sleep. You have an opportunity to put up more points and at the very least take time off the clock. Plus 15 yard penalty on ensuing kickoff is negligible, since most kickers can boom it through the endzone from the 35, let alone the 50. The simple act of not taking the fresh set of downs was a fatal error by Harbaugh, but I’ll give him a break because he’s still a rookie.

  26. travisblink619 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:44 AM

    With Cowboys comments out of the way, the 49ers played very well. I feel as though there is a positive future. I am curious what the folks at SportsCenter would be saying if the 49ers won….instead of how much of a warrior that Romo is. And I wonder why the Harbaugh’s coaching blunder is not mentioned. Maybe, the article last week was correct….about 49ers not getting much love with the
    sports networks.

  27. nyyankeedave says: Sep 19, 2011 11:18 AM

    He’s not the greatest, but I figure there’s about a 90% chance that he’s better than what you have.

    ================================

    @eaglesblow

    I’m a Jets fan, pal. I’m just calling it like I see it. BTW, what my jets have was apparently enough. Sanchez arguably played worse than Smith-and still won! BEAT A GOOD/GREAT TEAM MORE THAN ONCE A SEASON THEN TALK!! Cowboys still blow-and I’m sure there’s about a 90% chance they’ll implode before the season’s done.

  28. guyljr says: Sep 19, 2011 11:20 AM

    @Briank1ne…. The cowboys won a plaoff game in 2010 you retard!

  29. CKL says: Sep 19, 2011 11:33 AM

    So Romo does what everyone who hates him rags on him about and there’s 28 comments?????? All those people who craptalked him all last week need to come here and give him props. Internet cowards, pathetic.

    And I’m a Pats fan. I just think Romo gets way WAY too much grief. You don’t go from being an undrafted player from a small school to where he is by not caring and having no competitive drive and toughness. He took that starting job from a former 1st round pick who was handpicked by his HC.

  30. nyyankeedave says: Sep 19, 2011 12:08 PM

    Blame ESPN and the Cowboy-friendly media for the way Romo is perceived and don’t be surprised when fans of every other team comes down on him. EVERYBODY hates the Cowboys-and we love to see them fail. It’s a common trait of all non-Cowboy NFL fans.

  31. 1bigtex says: Sep 19, 2011 12:43 PM

    @bobhk

    Uh dude, have you ever had a fractured rib? It hurts to breathe, much less play football. And FYI, Romo went to Garrett and put himself back in the game. If you had actually watched the game, you’d know that.

  32. Slackmo says: Sep 19, 2011 1:39 PM

    The fact that everyone is making a big deal that Romo didn’t choke for once says it all.

  33. sports_dude says: Sep 19, 2011 3:22 PM

    I must admit, I thought Kitna was going to come in and take over the starting spot, then he threw 2 INT’s. Romo played with guts and defied the odds. Way to go Cowboys!!

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