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Tony Romo: If we’re within two scores in the fourth, we’ll win

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In recent years, you could always count on the Cowboys to find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the final moments of the game with a turnover, penalty or some other kind of crushing mistake.

That’s changed a bit in the last stretch of games. The Cowboys have won five of their last six games and they have been tied or behind heading into the fourth quarter of all of those games. Winning games like that has left quarterback Tony Romo, who has played some of the best football of his career over this period, very confident in his team’s chances of coming back late in a game.

“Really, it’s just we’ve gotten to a point where we’re a mentally tough football team. In saying that, I believe when I step on the field in the fourth quarter, if we’re within 10-14 points, we’re going to find a way to win the ballgame,” Romo said, via the Dallas Morning News. “And we’ve been down, I don’t know, five times, six times this year and we’ve consistently come back and put ourselves in position. We’ve had a couple other ones where we could have come back in eight or nine of them, really. That’s just our mentality of what our football team believes late in football games. And that’s helped us.”

Having the mentality that a game is never over until the final whistle is a great one for a team, but letting the opposition run out to a big lead is not a recipe for success over the long haul. The fact that the Cowboys hadn’t won a game this year when they trailed heading into the fourth quarter until beating the Eagles in Week 10 illustrates that fairly well.

It’s certainly better than blowing games in the final moments and it makes for exciting games, but the Cowboys’ best chance of continuing this run into the playoffs is to win games before they’re on the verge of losing them.

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31 Responses to “Tony Romo: If we’re within two scores in the fourth, we’ll win”
  1. bhop49 says: Dec 20, 2012 9:40 AM

    As a Redskins fan, I’ll happily take that 10 to 14 points 3rd quarter lead in the final game of the season.

  2. formuk says: Dec 20, 2012 9:42 AM

    Someone test this man for a concussion.

  3. chalkruz1989 says: Dec 20, 2012 9:44 AM

    One playoff win and many disasters; since when has Tony Romo become Mr. Comeback?

  4. bengalsucker says: Dec 20, 2012 9:49 AM

    Wow. They win a couple close games and now his head is getting a bit too big for that helmet. You guys will be one and done AGAIN in the playoffs. Don’t get your ego too big now Romo.

  5. bucrightoff says: Dec 20, 2012 9:51 AM

    It should worry Cowboy fans that they are getting yappy again. The one thing they’ve done well in this win streak is keep it quiet. When they talk, they generally get smacked. This week no different.

    New Orleans 41 Dallas 24

  6. tombradyswig says: Dec 20, 2012 9:52 AM

    Thanks for the laugh Tony!!
    Have fun on your couch for the playoffs!

  7. dccowboy says: Dec 20, 2012 9:55 AM

    Just for my sanity, it would be nice if they were able to just blow someone out from the start of the game. Not going to happen with the state of our defense, but, it would be pleasant.

  8. mdpgc says: Dec 20, 2012 9:58 AM

    Whatever Tony NoGo,

    That didn’t happen during the Redskins game on Thanksgiving. Actually that hasn’t happened while you’ve been the QB of Dallas. These guys are choke artist and couldn’t beat themselves out of a wet paper bag during the month of December!

    Case in point, Cowboys with first winning December since ’01!

  9. steel420 says: Dec 20, 2012 10:06 AM

    Give the guy credit. He had a great game against the Steelers scout team cornerbacks. Maybe every team they play from here on will fumble the ball and throw interceptions in the 4th qtr. and Tony will be able to have more game winning drive kneel downs.

  10. x1xbbx7x says: Dec 20, 2012 10:08 AM

    The Cowboys are 8-6, right? Well 6 of those 8 wins are 4th Quarter Comebacks/Game Winning Drives. 5 by Romo. 1 by the Defense. (Includes OT)…

    Potentially 2 more 4th Quarter/GWD throws by Romo vs NYG & BAL if Dez makes those catches.

    Stop hating and give the guy and his team some credit.

    It’s not an “ego” it’s called confidence. Obviously you’ve got no idea the kid of guy Romo is, or “ego” wouldn’t even come out of your mouth or onto your keyboard.

  11. bigbenh8tr says: Dec 20, 2012 10:16 AM

    Love it. Criticize someone for answering questions that were asked to him about IF they could continue to do this.
    Please post the actual interview, not taken out of context, so people can see he was simply answering questions the way you would expect any NFL QB to respond.
    Is he supposed to say he doesn’t know? If this were RG3 the headline would read completely differently and you would be praising him for being a guy with such great leadership skills and optimism for his team.

    Now that the Jets are done and everyone is annoyed with reading story after story after story that doesn’t matter outside of the NY media because nobody else cares about teams not making the playoffs regardless that they technically weren’t eliminated.

    Let’s all enjoying reading about the Cowboys for 3 weeks, even though the week 17 game won’t matter if they lose this weekend, PFT will act like it still matters when it should really just be an article about the Redskins

  12. steelers4385 says: Dec 20, 2012 10:22 AM

    Omg. Really? Guy came back on our old banged up defense. I seriouslly hate this guy. Him and mark sanchez just really bother me.

  13. roxtar10 says: Dec 20, 2012 10:23 AM

    Thank goodness. This helps me with my Pick ‘em Pool game. I struggled with this one and actually took Dallas to win. Now that I hear they’ve started yapping again, the fall from grace is only a game-starting whistle away.
    I’ll take the Saints.

  14. f1shlz says: Dec 20, 2012 10:40 AM

    So many upset Steelers fans on here today, too funny. Don’t forget the Cowboys D is missing a few starters of their own (Lee, Ratliff, etc) so saying they only won due to the Steelers old/banged up defense is a weak excuse.

    Also, I doubt Tony called the Dallas Morning News and said “Hey guys, I wanna talk some smack can you please print this…” He was answering a question about his thoughts on coming back late. Grow up…

  15. prince5000 says: Dec 20, 2012 10:44 AM

    let me say i’m not a cowboy hater, but this guy is a complete tool – really? just guaranteed a saint win next week.

  16. rmal83 says: Dec 20, 2012 10:46 AM

    Romo is a great qb! now the o-line is a different story. Glad Murray is getting back to his self because we need the offense to be balanced. Hopefully our D continues to get better.

  17. yevrag3535 says: Dec 20, 2012 10:48 AM

    Dallas and Skins SUCK. No kiddin, and if your team did’n give up any points you would win also. Try and write someteing not made up. Don’t look for a story for these 2 phony teams day in and day out, please. Duh I tink I migt win ift I skore more points DUH>>>>>>

  18. ppc50 says: Dec 20, 2012 10:50 AM

    “One playoff win and many disasters; since when has Tony Romo become Mr. Comeback?”
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    Though I agree with your point on the 1 playoff win, Romo has won a lot of 4th games throughout his career. I don’t think he has been the issue, Garrett is. Garrett’s playcalling cost the Cowboys 4-5 wins last year and 2 this year. Because of those coaching mistakes, they, most likely, won’t make the playoffs again.

  19. geniusesq says: Dec 20, 2012 10:51 AM

    Yes Tony. You can be an astronaut, the President, and a fire man. All at the same time little fella.

  20. teddysimonvikings says: Dec 20, 2012 10:52 AM

    bigbenh8tr….AGREED!!! Adrian Peterson gets this BS also! making it sound like AP just cares about this record breaking & himself….NOOO! Hes asked about it, & as a competitor they will express confidence/or want for the record! AP would trade that record for the ring he shoulda had in ’09 guaranteed!

  21. ccjcsr says: Dec 20, 2012 11:09 AM

    Ahhh Romo! Keep it zipped till we findout how the season unfolds!

  22. coolzog says: Dec 20, 2012 11:13 AM

    Unless of course you just need a field goal, and then of course he’ll eat a bucket of fried chicken before handling the snap.

  23. ceschatz says: Dec 20, 2012 11:19 AM

    the guy is killing it and winning games with one of the worst olines in football and a banged up defense and all you people can do is spew hate? wow your lives must be real spectacular.

  24. burnttoast71854 says: Dec 20, 2012 11:23 AM

    steelers4385 says:
    Dec 20, 2012 10:22 AM
    Omg. Really? Guy came back on our old banged up defense. I seriouslly hate this guy. Him and mark sanchez just really bother me.

    Really ur banged up defense, well if that’s the case why did Ben only score 24 points against the cowboys D. U do realize they have 2 starting LB 1 starting DE 1 starting NT 1 safety 1 nickle corner on IR & their starting CB 1st rd pick missed this game & their stating backup LB got hurt on the first play of the game Sunday. So cry us a river about ur banged up D. Your team lost your QB didn’t make the plays to win & our QB made the plays to win. Put that in ur pipe & smoke it.

  25. andyreidisthegoat says: Dec 20, 2012 12:16 PM

    People hate on romo but the guy can play. he can be boom or bust at times, but he’s a competitor and has the skills to win a super bowl. He is more often than not not the cowboys problem. look at some of the starting qb’s in the league. who would you rather have? fitzpatrick, freeman, gabbert, sanchez, foles, palmer. Not alot of great ones out there. Could do alot worse than romo. this is a 3 win team without him.

  26. watchdawg1103 says: Dec 20, 2012 1:15 PM

    Personally I kind of like this right now. This team hasn’t been showing much confidence at all and between Dez showing leadership to play last week and Tony showing confidence, I think this inspires this team. Not to mention Romo has been playing well the last few weeks, and the running game wiht Murray back has helped also. Our play calling can still be a lot better. Garrett needs to call plays as if we’re down every series so we can build a lead and not need to come back in the 4th.

  27. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:25 PM

    He says this just days before the biggest blowout loss of their season? He’s just not wired like the winning QBs in this league.

  28. dcowboy4life says: Dec 20, 2012 5:27 PM

    I love Romo showing confidence! He’s been playing very well…problem is Garretts playcalling. I totally agree with watchdawg1103

  29. damianx31 says: Dec 20, 2012 6:44 PM

    burnttoast71854 says: Dec 20, 2012 11:23 AM

    steelers4385 says:
    Dec 20, 2012 10:22 AM
    Omg. Really? Guy came back on our old banged up defense. I seriouslly hate this guy. Him and mark sanchez just really bother me.

    Really ur banged up defense, well if that’s the case why did Ben only score 24 points against the cowboys D. U do realize they have 2 starting LB 1 starting DE 1 starting NT 1 safety 1 nickle corner on IR & their starting CB 1st rd pick missed this game & their stating backup LB got hurt on the first play of the game Sunday. So cry us a river about ur banged up D. Your team lost your QB didn’t make the plays to win & our QB made the plays to win. Put that in ur pipe & smoke it.

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    Couldn’t agree more. Steelers have no excuses about last week. No Lee, Carter, Ratliff, Claiborne, Church, Scandrick, Sims, Brent, Coleman or Costa and a busted finger on his primary hand for Bryant. Aside from Sims/Brent, all those players were starters at the beginning of the year (nickle corner is pretty much a starter in todays NFL).

    People can talk all the smack they want, but for the first time in a long time the Cowboys are giving their fans a reason to be hopeful for the years to follow. They’ve shown leadership, they’ve shown mental toughness, they’ve battled week in and week out and have done so with 7 starters, 6 on D, out for most of the season. This team would have folded in years past.

  30. bluebongzilla says: Dec 20, 2012 7:54 PM

    The difference in those situations is playcalling.

  31. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 21, 2012 9:46 PM

    Romo is like the guy who starts a fire then shows up to put out the fire and is a hero. They will likely be down by 10 or 14 because of his turnovers then he leads a come back and everyone praises him. It’s crazy really.

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