Romo and the Cowboys get it done in the fourth quarter

AP

Tony Romo didn’t throw an interception in the fourth quarter this time.

Romo was 6-for-9 on the Cowboys’ final offensive possession, including third down completions to Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley to set up Dan Bailey for a 34-yard field goal try with two seconds to play. Bailey knocked it through and the Cowboys beat the Giants 24-21 to move to 6-5 on the season. That’s enough for a share of first place in the NFC East and Romo should get full credit for steering the team to the win.

After a Giants touchdown and two-point conversion completed a comeback from 15 points down, Romo calmly moved the Cowboys down the field despite a false start on third down and an apparent completion to Bryant getting called incomplete without any booth review to make sure the call was correct. Romo finished the day 23-of-38 for 250 yards and two touchdowns, hitting Jason Witten for both scores and eight receivers overall in a mostly mistake-free performance.

Eli Manning didn’t make any big mistakes on Sunday, but the offense’s failure to score a touchdown in the first half came back to haunt them. Andre Brown and Brandon Jacobs combined to run for 202 yards and they had great success on the ground all day, but Manning completed just 16-of-30 passes in another frustrating outing for the team’s passing game. The Giants’ four-game winning streak masked the continued ineffectiveness of the offense, but there’s no way to do that now that the Giants have returned to the loss column.

At 4-7 with three divisional losses, the Giants are realistically going to have to run the table and get help to make it to the playoffs. There was nothing about today’s performance that makes their half of the equation seem likely.

There is still plenty to dislike about the Cowboys, starting with that horrendous run defense, but there was also a lot to like about the way they played on the road in a game that got tight in the fourth quarter. That’s not always something we find ourselves saying about the Cowboys, which could make this a significant win for them when all is said and done this season.

74 responses to “Romo and the Cowboys get it done in the fourth quarter

  1. The Refs were absolute trash in this game.

    Dallas: 11 for 85 yards
    NYG: 11 for 81 yards.
    total 22 for 166 yards!!!

    I know Dallas and the Giants have never been afraid to kill themselves with penalties, but give me a freaking break man.

    Congrats Dallas.. Looks like it’s you guys and Philly.

    Oh yeah and of course….Fire Killdrive NOW!!!!

  2. Typical that the NFL would rig the game so the Cowboys would win. No idea why they would do that since even if the Cowboys make it to the playoffs they won’t make it past the first round. #HTTR #RedskinsAreTheBestTeamInTheNFCEast

  3. Romo’s always the goat, never the hero :(.

    That said, while I understand the rule about that Bryant non-catch, I find it hard to fathom that it wasn’t a catch…

    Dave

  4. Is it wrong of me to hope the Cowboys blow a game they should win, just so I can hear Shea in Irving go crazy?

  5. BREAKING NEWS: Cowboys hire Matt Millen as GM

    Dallas Cowboys owner and president Jerry Jones announced today the hiring of Matt Millen as general manager, effective immediately. Millen will oversee all football operations.

    “We were very fortunate to find someone who is a perfect fit for our organization.” said Jones. “We see Matt coming in and taking over football operations without missing a step from the work he did in Detroit.”

    Millen spent 8 years as president and general manager of the Lions from 2001-2008. During this time, the Lions compiled a record of 31-97 and became the first team in history to finish 0-16. Notable draft picks during Millen’s tenure include Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers, Roy Williams and Mike Williams.

    “Detroit made a big mistake in making this talented professional get away,” said Jones. “We hope that Matt can help us bring Jon Kitna and Roy Williams back to the organization.”

    “I am excited to pick up where I left off in Detroit,” said Millen. “I thank Mr. Jones for the opportunity.”

  6. I have historically rooted against the Cowboys, but after listening to the ridiculous and unfounded “Romo is a choker” meme for the last few seasons, I find myself rooting for him to get a ring, just for spite.

    And I used to root for Coughlin and his old school ways, and Eli for his against-the-odds playmaking, but after a couple seasons of watching them fuss and roll their eyes, I’m rooting against them ever getting another sniff of the postseason.

    So this afternoon was thoroughly satisfying.

  7. Too bad Eli wasn’t intercepted on his throw in the end zone to the ‘ghost’ reciever. Never gets old seeing that clueless look.

  8. Gillbride are you afraid of the no-huddle even though you scored on the final drive you could tell the g men would not see the ball again maybe a little hurry up would have preserved a min or two after the cowboys scored to end the game

  9. So much for being physical with dez several huge catches in the fourth qtr. rolle had a horrible game cowboys basically targeted him exclusively on their final drive. Now the giants can decide between pass rusher or LT in the draft with their top ten pick.

  10. Both teams looked terrible today.

    That Giants TD where he caught a short pass, went to the ground and then no one touched him was pathetic. Cowboys run defense was nonexistent. Eli wasn’t on the same page as his receivers. Just a sloppy game no one deserved to win.

  11. Dez Bryant catches the ball, brings it into his body, controls it, gets two feet clearly on the ground, the ball never moves until his torso hits the ground. It is ruled an incompletion, no review. The refs were total garbage and hurt both teams at times today. That said, Cowboys made more plays, and made them when it counted, game over. It seemed the Giants were also more interested in pushing and shoving and talking trash than actually playing football. It did not seem to help them.

  12. Terrible calls, starting with refs curiously choosing to not even review that last Dez catch. And on replay, it was obviously a catch. He established possession with a “football move”, otherwise known in this particular case as catching the ball, turning toward the goal and taking two steps before going to the ground, where he slid about a yard with a defender on his back. What happens after the “football move” is academic.

  13. That Dez “non catch” completely contradicts the call that Mike Wallace got in the Miami game on the same exact play. It was a catch for Wallace a drop for Bryant? Consistency fellas.

  14. It’s time the Giants shake up the coaching staff, starting with the receivers coach. Then follow that up by sacking Killdrive.

  15. Give the game ball to JPP and Terrel Thomas. Loudmouths. And all you other clowns crying about calls…. The Giants got handled. Deal with it…

  16. Gotta love gIANTS FANS THE facts ARE THE COWBOYS SWEPT YOU AGAIN.. Despitr the refs trying to help your losing team all game long the COWBOYS still won. Deal with it you should be use to it by now the COWBOYS are ALWAYS a better team.

  17. In the AFC playoff games today, the Ravens and Steelers prevailed and will meet in an elimination game on Thursday.

    In the NFC, the Cowboys have effectively ended the Giants season and will have an opportunity to do the same to the Raiders on Thursday as well.

  18. Gotta extend Garrett after that. They won. Nevermind the players who were sleeping earlier on a play that let the Giants get back into it. If you can sleepwalk to victory, then that’s still a victory!

  19. Cowboys won, Even though Joe Bucck tried his best to Jinx the boys by throwing out every Romo statistic he could in the last 5 min of the game. ..

  20. eldritchblast says:

    Also, you loud, obnoxious Cowboy fans? Count the rings. Fun fact: The Jags have more than double the playoff wins in the past 18 years than you do.
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    Only a fan of a team with zero championships would consider that successful and worth bragging about.

  21. Was Antonio Rolle the worst defensive back in the league today?

    If not I’d like to see who was.

    The Cowboys entire last drive was propelled by receivers Rolle was assigned to cover. 3 first downs, including the game winner all due to his poor coverage. Rolle was flat out awful.

  22. At the end of the day what it comes down to is that this edition of the Giants is simply not a very good football team. The seeming lack of discipline, (i.e. terrible penalties, horrible route running, and a defense that cannot get it done when the money is on the table), make me think that Coughlin should do the right thing when the season is over and retire, since the Giants apparently will not dismiss him. It’s time to start over.

  23. Trash talkers usually end up getting what they deserve. But that game was lost by Eli and the predictable offensive Kildrive play calls which kept the Giants D on the field too much and wore them out. Yeah, it takes a “team”, but an elite player that is surrounded by mediocrity finds ways to win. Eli doesn’t have what it takes to be the leader on the field or in the locker room this Giants team needs right now. Romo deserved the win in leading that winning drive.

  24. bmacwillconn says:
    Nov 24, 2013 9:18 PM
    Was Antonio Rolle the worst defensive back in the league today?
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    1.) It’s Antrel
    2.) He had six tackles and an INT. That’s not a bad day.

  25. “Also, you loud, obnoxious Cowboy fans? Count the rings.”

    Cowboys 5, Giants 4. Wanna count NFCE division championships next? Giants 8, Cowboys 18. Wanna count wins this season? Giants 4, Cowboys 6.

    Also, the play was not blown dead because Cruz was still fighting for yards. Football 101. Welcome back to the NFL, Giants.

  26. “Was Antonio Rolle the worst defensive back in the league today? If not I’d like to see who was.”

    Morris Claiborne.

  27. “The Jags have more than double the playoff wins in the past 18 years than you do.”

    Actually, the Cowboys won a Super Bowl in January of 1996, which was less than 18 years ago.

  28. For the Author,
    “That’s enough for a share of first place in the NFC East and Romo should get full credit for steering the team to the win.”

    Uhhh, excuse me. The Cowboys hold the tie-breaker, and are undefeated in the division. The Eagles are 3-2 in the division. First place is all Cowboys right now, regardless of their records. Get it right.

  29. @ thefiesty1,

    “Had them down 21-6 and dang near blew it. Typical CowBabies.”

    What counts is the final on the scoreboard, NOT how close it was. Cowboys and Giants games are usually like this.

    Speaking of Cowboys and Giants games, how about that season SWEEP! And speaking of sweep, go sweep the stadium and get that swamp ground ready for the SB.

  30. That “incomplete pass” for Dez on the last drive WAS A CATCH. What ever happened to the rule “the ground cannot cause a fumble? This no catch rule is absolutely RIDICULOUS, and needs to change. If you catch it, have possession for at least two steps, and then the ground causes a fumble, it should still be a catch. PERIOD.

  31. More talk about the refs here than the game. Same for Denver vs. N.E tonite. Last week N.E. and Saints. See a theme? The refs are attempting to control the outcome of games. Intentionally. Not hard to assume they are doing it on behalf of someone or some network. This season has seen the most obvious penalties refused to be called and phantom penalties enforced. Soon, someone is going to go”whistleblower’ on the NFL and Goodell will be carrying a ten pound pail of poop. This League is losing it’s integrity fast. What possible reason could there be to not review Bryant’s catch (it clearly was)? Inside 2 minutes, a critical play. And the refs tried to get Denver a win tonite using the P.I. penalty, always an easy way as it’s not reviewable.

  32. I can get over the fact that there were 22 penalties called between both teams (fierce rivals, both teams battling for their playoff lives, trash talking leading up to the game, etc…) but too many of those calls were suspect. Mostly at the Cowboys expense. Even the roughing the passer on Romo was chickensh*t. Somebody please explain to me why the Dez Bryant incompletion was not reviewable.

  33. Jeez Cowboy fans are so pathetic. One Win and here we go. You people sweep a 4-7 team and you think you are playoff calibre. Cowboys fans you are the poster children for obnoxious and annoying.

  34. eldritchblast says:
    Nov 24, 2013 9:08 PM
    Also, you loud, obnoxious Cowboy fans? Count the rings. Fun fact: The Jags have more than double the playoff wins in the past 18 years than you do.

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

    Cowboys: 1971, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1995=5

    Giants: 1986, 1990, 2007, 2011= 4

    Okay, I counted. What were you trying to prove there? That you have issues counting? Or did you not bother to do the research? Either way… you look really, really, unfathomably dumb. Good job.

  35. Glad to see that the logical one is just as delusional as ever. Somehow, he’s been able to translate a 3-7 record into being the “best”. Sure would like to know where you are getting your smoke because that appears to be some powerful stuff.

  36. Can we drop the narrative that Romo chokes and Eli “always makes plays when he needs to”?

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    Probably not since the score is 2 rings vs. 1 career playoff win.

  37. @ kmartin173,

    “Can we drop the narrative that Romo chokes and Eli “always makes plays when he needs to”?

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    Probably not since the score is 2 rings vs. 1 career playoff win.”

    Wow, it sure is convenient and relevant for a NY Giants fan to bring up their past SB wins in a losing effort. Yet, when Cowboy fans bring up their SB winning legacy, it suddenly is irrelevant. By the way, what was the “score” yesterday after Dallas swept the Giants for the season, which is what is relevant to the topic? Right……

  38. “Wow, it sure is convenient and relevant for a NY Giants fan to bring up their past SB wins in a losing effort. Yet, when Cowboy fans bring up their SB winning legacy, it suddenly is irrelevant. By the way, what was the “score” yesterday after Dallas swept the Giants for the season, which is what is relevant to the topic? Right……”

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    Except that I’m a lifelong Cowboy fan who is honest enough to admit the difference between clutch and consistent choker. Look at the first line of this article and it tells you all you need to know about where this team will end up.

  39. bluebongzilla says:
    Actually, the Cowboys won a Super Bowl in January of 1996, which was less than 18 years ago.

    ————————————————————
    That’s the Super Bowl for the 1995 season. Which was 18 years ago.

    Even taking that playoff run into account Jags still have more play off wins over the past 18 years. They just don’t have double the number.

    And for the record, I’m not a Jags fan. And I don’t hate all Cowboy fans. Just the obnoxious ones. But I feel that way about obnoxious people in general. Fandom just seems to bring out the worst aspects though.

  40. @ kmartin,

    Obviously you are not astute enough to do your own research. You are content drinking the kool-aid the press always serves on Romo. NO OTHER QB in the NFL has his failures highlighted, or his victories swept under the rug than Romo. NO OTHER QB.

    So, here it is spelled out FACTUALLY for you. Romo actually has the highest fourth quarter passer rating of any quarterback in the NFL since 2000. Higher than Tom Brady. Higher than Peyton Manning. Higher than Drew Brees. Higher than Aaron Rodgers.

    In addition to this, only Peyton Manning has more 4th quarter comeback wins than Romo. Manning has 9, Romo has 10. Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the sports writers (especially this site) despise the Cowboys. They will spotlight their losses, and discredit their wins.

    What you need to honestly do, as a “lifelong Cowboy fan) is to admit you are a fair weather fan and find a new team. The Cowboys team and their true fans don’t need or want you anyway.

  41. LMAO. The real Cowboy fans aren’t Romo fanboys as you seem to be. They know this team will never win anything with him at QB, there’s no conceivable way he could ever hold it together for the 3-4 games needed to win a SB. How many 4th quarter wins does he have in games that will get him in the playoffs or in actual playoff games?

    Regardless of your BS statitistics, when it really counts Tony Romo has 1 playoff win in 11 seasons. End of conversation.

  42. a kmartin173,

    BS Statistics? Check your facts, Einstein. Stats don’t lie, but haters do. Since you are a “life long Cowboy fan”, you may want to at least know what is fact and what is opinion. It came from espn.com “Fact: Romo has the highest fourth-quarter passer rating among active quarterbacks. And it’s not even close. His 102.1 rating is more than five points higher than the second man on the list, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers”.

    It really doesn’t matter WHO the QB is, their spotlight is the brightest in Dallas. Like I said, you need to stop rooting for the Cowboys and jump ship. You aren’t doing anybody any favors, and you are just as pathetic as a 4skin or Giant fan.

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