Romo, Cowboys know how to escape

The Dolphins sent a free rusher through the Cowboys line. Tony Romo saw the defender, made him miss, and found a streaking receiver to move the chains.

There’s a reason you don’t know exactly what play from Thanksgiving I’m talking about: That exact sequence happened numerous times in the final 20 minutes of Dallas’ 20-19 victory on Thursday.

Romo and the Cowboys have become expert escape artists.

Their victories over the Redskins and Dolphins the last two weeks haven’t been pretty, but they set Dallas up well in the NFC East at 7-4.

This was vintage Romo, warts and all. He threw two interceptions in the first half, but the Dolphins didn’t take advantage. Over the last 20 minutes, he made play after play that perhaps no quarterback in the league except Ben Roethlisberger could pull off.

Romo authored a ridiculous nine-play, 77-yard drive to score a touchdown to start the fourth quarter. Romo extended plays, delivered passes while being hit, and threw on the run. Laurent Robinson continue his remarkable season with two touchdowns.  It was the most impressive drive we saw all year.

Miami had chances to put the game away. They settled for a short field goal to go up 19-17, then Matt Moore just missed a third down conversion that would have helped run out the clock late in the game.  This is a good Dolphins team despite their record, but they consistently find ways to lose when they outplay the opponent.

Romo was given one last chance just under three minutes left. On second and ten from the Cowboys 36 yard-line, he showed great poise while getting hit to find Jason Witten for a huge 23-yard gain.

DeMarco Murray and the revived Cowboys running game did the rest, setting up Dan Bailey’s 28-yard field goal as time expired.

The Cowboys aren’t a perfect team, but they are balanced on both sides of the ball.  They are finding ways to win games they are used to losing.

This type of game explains why I still think Romo can win big games deep into the playoffs.  There’s no escaping the fact Romo can find ways to beat the perfectly called defense.

81 responses to “Romo, Cowboys know how to escape

  1. they need to avoid 2 types of situations then

    a. getting blown out early like the vikings did them

    b. letting tony handle the ball on pat/fg snaps and goal line qb rushes late in the game

  2. HERE’S A THEORY:

    Raiders get royally screwed by officials each and every year. This, is nothing new. However, yesterday’s Raiders-Vikings game officials should’ve had ski-masks on for that stick-up job.

    Could it be a coincidence that this blatant, ugly bias by the officials happens just when Tebowmania is taking off and the Denver Broncos all of a sudden have a chance in the division? Who doesn’t think the NFL would like to squeeze every last drop it can out of the Tebow publicity? Broncos making the playoffs would certainly extend that story.

    Sadly, Raiders may have to overcome an 11-on-18 playing field each week from here on out or until someone puts Tebowmania out of its misery

  3. Romo: Once again the greatest player in NFL history. Perhaps if the Cowboys had to play a real game on Thanksgiving instead of picking weak opponents, maybe this annual “America’s Team” commercial would stop.

  4. The Dolphins need to draft a new QB in the 1st round of the draft this year Moore is a good backup but they’ll never win anything with him.

  5. These kinds of games are the ones that they use to find a way to lose. They played really bad but found a way to win. They seem to be turning the corner.

  6. Rob Ryan = NFL HEAD COACH in 2012…

    held the Fins to alotta FGs… coulda been TDs, coulda been game outta hand early…

    Rob will change the culture of a franchise quick…

  7. Physically, it doesn’t get any better than Tony Romo.

    We’ll see when the chips are down if he can do it mentally, I’m not so sure he can.

    The Cowboys were lucky to walk away victorious today, the Dolphins are playing really tough ball.

  8. I remember telling one of my friends, who is a Dolphins fan, back weeks ago when Miami was still in the “Suck For Luck” sweepstakes, that QB Matt Moore is better then most people think. Of course I was laughed at, and the comment received its fair share of hate.

    Now I dont want to say that he is the truth or anything like that, but I think its pretty obvious that the kid can play quarterback in this leauge.

    On a side note, Romo DID NOT botch the hold on the final field goal, and also played big in that final drive. He still has to do it in the post season of course, but this was a small step in the right direction.

  9. Tony romo is awesome , he’s like a magician , he had about 5 spectacular plays. I think it’s about time all these losers stop trying to say he’s not great, how much more proof do they need. Happy thanksgiving .

  10. Rushing game is sagging; it was hot; they got 10 days to get ready for Cardinals on the road; another must win game going in to Giant Game 1. Romo was off the hook on that drive making plays while being hit!!!!!!!!!

  11. cowboys are so god damn fortunate. the fins gave them the game with that botched snap in the 1st half.

    Romo may have escaped some sacks, but Miami should have won.

  12. If you mean he did something only Roethlisburger could pull off it means of course that he is becoming a drunken psychotic menace to women and the society at large but somehow is still aloud to play in the NFL right?

  13. DaMarcus Ware’s stat line: 1 assist, 1 fumble recovery.

    Player of the game? Really?

    Could Simms have been all over the Cowboy’s jocks any MORE through that whole game?

    Probably not.

  14. Let’s not everybody forget the fact that Tony ” Mr. November ” Romo’s record after the 30th of Nov. is 8 – 10 ! That plus the fact they had to go to overtime and down to the last second to beat two teams that have won a total of SIX games between them !!!

  15. The CowBabies will luck out and make the playoffs, again, just to lose out on some wild card. As usual. America’s team? I doubt it. It may change when JJ is gone.

  16. Cowboys should of lost the game. Sparano gave the win away soft play calling on the dolphins last drive. How do you go soft when your 3-7 up by 2. Sparano should ne fired tomorrow. Dolphins were clearly the better team today

  17. I can’t wait until we get our fullback healthy,and Austin comes back.it’s funny how all of the haters forget about the injured players dallas has out right now, and we are still winning.romo is one of the best to ever wear a star on their helmet.people forget he wasn’t drafted like Eli or rivers,he was a backup.I would say he’s pretty clutch,look at his numbers….#1 in the east I love it!

  18. I don’t think people realize how dangerous DeMarco Murray has made the Cowboys.

    Other than the fact that Romo is more comfortable and healthier. Think about this:

    Look at the last two seasons of the Cowboys, even when they went 4 – 12. How many games do they lose by more than 10? Not many, they are ALWAYS in close games. They lost games because even when they were winning late, they had to throw the ball to keep the drive going to waste clock. Now they can run the ball and waste clock effectively.

    Henceforth, all of these close games you see them winning, shouldn’t be a surprise now that they don’t have to pass the clock down late in the game.

  19. “cowboys are so god damn fortunate. the fins gave them the game with that botched snap in the 1st half.

    Romo may have escaped some sacks, but Miami should have won.”

    *************

    How do those sour grapes taste?

  20. as a cowboys fan at that fateful playoff game in seattle, i’m not gonna lie. romo bobbling the snap did cross my mind. but then i remembered that they were in dallas with a closed roof and their own people handling the kicking balls unlike in seattle where it was 35-40 degrees, a damp field and the home team (seattle) handling the kicking balls. lets not forget that that bobbled snap resulted in a rule change in the nfl.

    i also couldn’t help but wonder what it will be like whenever miles austin returns and what that might do for the passing game. i’m not so sure it will help due to the play calling.

    this game also reminded me of the saying “sometimes its better to be lucky than good.” the cowboys were definitely luck to win this game. they won’t be able to survive on luck alone the rest of the way. sure they have two more “favorable” games, but every fan of an nfc east team knows that the remaining division games are a crapshoot and anything can happen. 2 of those final games left are in primetime in which the cowboys haven’t faired well. 1-2 i believe their record is. i’m rooting for em, but i’m not so sure they are gonna win it and if they do not sure how far they will make it.

  21. Romo: Once again the greatest player in NFL history. Perhaps if the Cowboys had to play a real game on Thanksgiving instead of picking weak opponents, maybe this annual “America’s Team” commercial would stop.

    Dumbest statement of the year. Like the Cowboys could help who they play. Whether you or anybody else likes it the Cowboys will ALWAYS be “America’s Team”. Romo wins games. Bottom line. Look at his win/loss record. Isn’t that what QB’s are paid to do? Win games??

  22. And magically, Romo no longer chokes, he holds the ball for the winning field goal, all is right in Cowboy land.

    Give me a break.

    Enjoy it while you can. The Packers are the NFC darling this season.

  23. @dopesimms:

    cowboys were 6-10 last year.

    @dynasty:

    cowboys are the niners lone defeat. they couldn’t “easily” finish dallas in their own house. we’ll see about the giants, and they won’t face the bears unless its in the playoffs.

  24. We’ll see when the chips are down if he can do it mentally, I’m not so sure he can.

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    You can’t be serious. I don’t think the chips get any downer than broken ribs and down by two TD’s. Today was like his 14th 4th quarter comeback. If you think he’s not mentally strong you don’t know what you’re watching.

  25. Dallas should play a good team like Green Bay on thanksgiving day.Dallas can be thankful they didn’t play a good team today.

  26. As a Dallas fan, I hate Romo more than many of you could ever hope to.

    But he came through at the end today and earned some credit. It’s tough to bounce back and make throws after 2/3 of your passes are picked. That showed some mental toughness that him and this team has lacked as a whole for years.

  27. 4 letters to describe the cowboys luck. They have at least two more losses on their schedule. One in NY and one at home vs Philly. They’re likely to win the division on an off year for the eagles. They couldn’t hold any of the NFC playoff teams jocks. Saints or falcons or niners or packers or bears will smoke this team in the playoffs.

  28. mjbulls45 says: Rob Ryan = NFL HEAD COACH in 2012…

    These guys are playing hard for Sparano. They’re in just about every game. I’d say they’re the 2nd best team in the AFC East right now.

    I don’t see the Fins dumping him.

  29. i am so tired of hearing about tony romo’s bobbled FG snap in Seattle. it was 2006, people. how long will you keep bringing it up?

    i have seen almost every dallas game since tony romo became the starter and have never seen him bobble a FG or extra point snap since that day in seattle. it may happen in the future but i’d say 5 years without a recurrence is more than enough time to get over it.

    admittedly, tony has not always been the primary holder since 2006. however even when he was just a back-up, he has filled successfully in many times including the current stretch with dan bailey.

  30. dolphins4 says:
    Nov 24, 2011 9:13 PM
    Dallas should play a good team like Green Bay on thanksgiving day.Dallas can be thankful they didn’t play a good team today.

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    Yes because this is college football and the Cowboys decide who their opponent would be and when they will play them…….moron!

  31. Well did Romo and the Cowboys escape or did Sparano and the conservative play calling in the red zone allow the Dolphins to lose?

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    I believe he is talking about the times Romo escaped the Dolphins pass rush and made throws, even with guys tackling him.

  32. kl5661 says:
    Nov 24, 2011 8:13 PM

    Let the haters hate, Romo has the ability to get it done, oh by the way top 5 winning percentage of all starting qb’s in the nfl.

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    Except in the playoffs

  33. You think Sparano will be fined for all the expletives he showed on National TV. Alot of four letter words were being used at close up. Not hard to figure out what he was saying

  34. It was good while it lasted. now please Miami front office, even if it means drafting up, stop pissing about and get something done. if it falls flat, hey, at least you actually tried this time.

  35. why are there so many cowboys haters??? and for all of u ppl saying we were lucky to win….I guess the jets,pats&lions were all lucky to beat us..

  36. @stevecmh: I second that ! @dallassux: stop living in the past, every year it’s a new season & new playoff games have yet to be played. By the way what’s with the screen name? You to disappointed in the team you do root for to but them in your name? You had to use the team you secretly love???

  37. dallassux says: Nov 24, 2011 10:34 PM

    kl5661 says:
    Nov 24, 2011 8:13 PM

    Let the haters hate, Romo has the ability to get it done, oh by the way top 5 winning percentage of all starting qb’s in the nfl.

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    Except in the playoffs

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    He has won as many Super Bowls as all Eagles QBs combined though.

  38. cowboys stink miami controlled the game throughout forget it, how could miami lose that game is beyond me usually the home teams sucks on thanksgiving i think the home team got away with this one

  39. kl5661 says:
    Nov 24, 2011 8:13 PM

    Let the haters hate, Romo has the ability to get it done, oh by the way top 5 winning percentage of all starting qb’s in the nfl.

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    Except in the playoffs

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    Truth and comparing him to the Iggles is meaningless since it is absolute NOT relative…

  40. What a day to be a Cowboy fan and a Texas Longhorn fan. Two last second fieldgoals for a win.
    Tony is playing much better since he does not have to wear the protective jacket. Still needs to minamize the mistakes though.
    I am a huge fan I love my Cowboys but we have to shore up out secondary and get better play from our O-Line to make a deep playoff run.
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    DeMarcus Ware is amazing but what about our unsung hero at line backer Sean Lee what a great asset to our team.
    Please can we start closing these games, all these nail biters have my friends and family thinking I am a nut case on gameday.

  41. I read and I KNOW football. I know enough to say this. Dallas has ONE quality win vs a team above .500 and they were lucky to have that win.

    This team is over rated . I think it’s comical how the arrogant cowgirl fans think they are Super Bowl bound every year.

  42. The outcome of the Cowboys Dolphins game is more about the Dolphins protecting a two point lead with soft conservative play calling from the HC Sparano. One can see when Sparano decides to take over the play calling. The running plays in the red zone just do not get it done. Sparano has to go after the season for the Dolphins to make post season play. Miami certainly has enough talent to build on but the old school Sparano just can not shed his roots and play call modern day NFL.

  43. I am a Redskins fan and there is very little I hate more than losing to the Cowboys. Still, I’ve got to admit that Tony Romo is a really good player. I’ve never really understood the level of criticism he takes.

    The botched hold during the play-offs, how many starting QBs have to hold. The conditions were really tricky and after he fumbled the snap Romo still almost managed to run it in for a touchdown. It took a great effort from the safety and a finger-tip tackle to bring him down. Sure, Romo has the occasional meltdown, but it is often the product of the entire team misfiring.

    He may not be one of the very best in the game, but he is pretty close. I’d be very happy if he was playing for the ‘Skins.

  44. kl5661 says:
    Nov 24, 2011 8:13 PM

    Let the haters hate, Romo has the ability to get it done, oh by the way top 5 winning percentage of all starting qb’s in the nfl.

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    Except in the playoffs

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    Truth and comparing him to the Iggles is meaningless since it is absolute NOT relative…

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    Of course it’s relative. Why would it not be?

  45. cowboys stink miami controlled the game throughout forget it

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    Scoreboard.

  46. That style of play is a double edged sword. A couple of those Romo flutter balls were very nearly picks. Yes, Romo can make those plays but he shouldn’t have to. If one of those tight throws to avoid a sack is picked for his third INT of the game and the Cowboys lose, we are talking about how Dallas has protection problems, and accusing Romo of choking. They got away with it this time. I wouldn’t want to rely on that during the playoffs.

  47. Credit were credit is due. I complain a lot about this site, particularly when it comes to the Cowboys, but this was a good post. The Cowboys, particularly Romo, has some definite weaknesses but they do, you know, do some things right sometimes. Glad you pointed that out.

    Nobody saying they’re Super Bowl bound but they were 3-8 at this point last year. That’s an improvement.

  48. and here we have it again Romo apologizing and stating Cowboys will do better…sure just as soon as Jerry Jones benches Romo outta the franchise.

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    Right, because winning is such a low priority. Romo is .638 as a starter in the NFL. Time to get off the “Romo sux” nonsense. If he were a Raven he’d have 3-4 Super Bowl wins by now.

  49. I read and I KNOW football. I know enough to say this. Dallas has ONE quality win vs a team above .500 and they were lucky to have that win.

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    If you knew that much you’d know that style points count for nothing in the NFL.

  50. If one of those tight throws to avoid a sack is picked for his third INT of the game and the Cowboys lose, we are talking about how Dallas has protection problems, and accusing Romo of choking.

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    So what? Change a couple of plays in any game and you change the outcome of many games. Did you think you were being particularly insightful when you made that post? How about this one… if Newman catches a pass that hits him in the hands, the game is not so close. If Long doesn’t tackle Ware on a sure blind-side sack, Moore fumbles and likely gets hurt and JP Losman gets to finish the game.

  51. The Cowboys win the east because of their cupcake schedule.

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    Strong ignorance of how NFL scheduling works, bro.

    The Cowboys are playing the same schedule as the other NFCE teams except for a couple of games. They all have to play each other, the AFCE teams, and NFCW teams. That’s 14 games right there.

    As for the other two games:

    Cowboys – Lions, Bucs
    Giants – Packers, Saints
    Eagles – Falcons, Bears
    Redskins – Panthers, Vikings

  52. Howley what is your point here to take people’s comments repost them and fire holes in them?

    I have been watching all the teams in the NFC east for a long time. I can say this romo although he is good is not great. The same can be said for the rest of the team.

    That cowboy team won’t win one playoff game. Saints, packers, falcons , 9ers and bears are all letter than them.

  53. A win is a win is a win. You don’t get extra points for flair or domination. You don’t get extra points if you win by 40 or by 1 on a late field goal.

    Next…

  54. howley1…er…Vox, how many times are you going to change your screen name?

    This has to be at least 5 now.

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