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Tony Romo saves the day for Dallas

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Whatever else you say about Tony Romo’s career, you can never say it has been dull.

A week after throwing two fourth quarter interceptions in a brutal 37-36 loss to the Packers, Romo rode a roller coaster in the second half against Washington before coming out the other side with a 24-23 lead that kept their hopes of a division title in their hands.

Romo threw an interception in the third quarter to help the Redskins build a 23-14 lead and then suffered some kind of leg injury while evading a rush from Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson. Romo was clearly impacted for the rest of the game, but he completed a pass for a first down to Terrence Williams on the play he got hurt and continued to improvise his way down the field for a Cowboys field goal. The Cowboys got the ball back with 3:39 to play and Romo scrambled again before finding Williams for 51 yards to move them into Washington territory.

They moved the ball all the way inside the five, but DeMarco Murray lost 11 yards on third down to set the Cowboys up for a do-or-die fourth down. Romo threw on the move again, hitting Murray for a touchdown and the defense didn’t let the Redskins pick up a first down to seal the victory.

It was the polar opposite of last week’s late game performance for Romo, as controlled and effective as last week’s was sloppy, and the Cowboys can now win the NFC East if they beat the Eagles next week. The Cowboys are no stranger to being in that position and the outcome next week should make for quite the third act to the Romo show’s 2013 run.

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  1. billsncowboys says: Dec 22, 2013 4:14 PM

    I don’t think it matters who you cheer for or who your favourite team is. But the power that sports have to captivate an audience is amazng! Im a Cowboys fan and couldnt even wath the plays in the dying seconds! That’s just how incredible this sport is and the power it beholds! GOOOO COWBOYS

  2. edzo82270 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:14 PM

    Faaaail go the Redskiiiiins…

    Blew the football gaaaame…

    Noooo more excusessss…

    HANG, your head, in shaaaaaame…

  3. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 22, 2013 4:14 PM

    So the script has been reversed. Well done. Let’s see if they can do it next week. ◔◡◔

  4. simonsoccerstar says: Dec 22, 2013 4:15 PM

    where the haters now?

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 22, 2013 4:15 PM

    This league is fixed. That is all. #TheNFCEastwinnerisoneandoneinplayoffs

  6. billsncowboys says: Dec 22, 2013 4:15 PM

    I don’t think it matters who you cheer for or who your favourite team is. But the power that sports have to captivate an audience is amazng! Im a Cowboys fan and couldnt even wath the plays in the dying seconds! That’s just how incredible this sport is and the power it beholds! GOOOO COWBOYS

  7. phillysports1 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:16 PM

    Cowboys still sucks lol

  8. keepongronking says: Dec 22, 2013 4:16 PM

    Hell of a game from Tony Romo, he deserves all of the credit that he will get for this victory

  9. douglasgreenbriar says: Dec 22, 2013 4:17 PM

    Romos better than he gets credit for

  10. worknman24hours says: Dec 22, 2013 4:17 PM

    I am very proud of the way the Washington
    Redskins TEAM played today.

    All the players fought together with all their heart and their level of play was outstanding.

    Merry Christmas Washington Redskins and Fans.

  11. kristucker3 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:19 PM

    Will next Sunday against Philly beef flexed to Sunday night football?

  12. teal379 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:19 PM

    The fact that you have to post and get ecstatic about your 100 million dollar QB when he DOESN’T screw up the game at the end, tells you everything you need to know about Romo the QB.

    It’s like being excited your fish can swim. Newsflash – it’s what they’re SUPPOSED to do.

  13. realfootballfan says: Dec 22, 2013 4:20 PM

    Hmmm, the QB switch hasn’t made that much of difference you don’t say. Washington still losing close games in the 4th quarter. Sounds like a coaching problem to me.

  14. modown0 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:20 PM

    Well there is something you don’t here everyday…

  15. Paul M. says: Dec 22, 2013 4:20 PM

    Tony is saving his big choke for the last game of the year.

  16. moerawn says: Dec 22, 2013 4:22 PM

    How many win and in games have the Cowboys lost in Week 17?

  17. jburk003 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:22 PM

    Caption should read

    “Tony Romo saves the day for Garrett’s job”

  18. douchebigelow says: Dec 22, 2013 4:23 PM

    As expected. #AmericasTeam

  19. doomsdaydefensetx says: Dec 22, 2013 4:23 PM

    TONY ROMO 13 GAME WINNING DRIVES MOST IN NFL SINCE 2011. THATS MY QUARTERBACK *T.O. VOICE*
    #ITSATEAMSPORTYALL

  20. bert1913 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:25 PM

    Real pressure is in the playoffs

  21. abninf says: Dec 22, 2013 4:25 PM

    The 100 Million Dollar Quarterback with the highest 4th quarter rating in history does it again. General Manager Jones has three rings, built one Dynasty and has finalized touches on another one. A few tweaks here, a tweak there by him and BAM! Playoffs. The Super Bowl run began today. Coach Garrett, a Princeton University grad, is by all accounts the most intelligent coach in the NFL. He will guide and mentor this team all the way to the championship game in New York. America’s Team.

  22. boukengreen says: Dec 22, 2013 4:26 PM

    Suck it romo haters

  23. mancave001 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:26 PM

    Total BS. It came down to officiating. Non calls all day, like when the Dallas LG tackled his defender on the long Romo pass in the 4th. Two consecutive non calls for PI at the end, and one earlier. The refs decided this game, plain and simple.

  24. phillyphannnn83 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:26 PM

    Cant count on Washington for anything. What a pathetic excuse for a professional sports team, in ANY sport!! They’re such a joke.

  25. lonskils says: Dec 22, 2013 4:26 PM

    Heck of a game. Won’t matter, sadly. Sigh

  26. The Shoeman says: Dec 22, 2013 4:29 PM

    The REDSKINS are without a doubt ..

    the biggest JOKE ever in the NFL.

    Tony Romo – best player out there.
    London Fletcher – one hell’va football player.

  27. andreweac says: Dec 22, 2013 4:29 PM

    Romo = tWtW

  28. phillyphannnn83 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:31 PM

    You guys are funny(read: delusional). Yeah Tony Romo is amazing. He deserves ALL the credit for needing a 4th and goal to beat a 3-12 team starting a backup quarterback. Hahahahaha thats great. I think Cowboys fans live in Jerruh’s world with him. Some people need a reality check.

  29. thefiesty1 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:32 PM

    Luck NO skill. Typical CowBabies.

  30. taintedlombardis says: Dec 22, 2013 4:33 PM

    Refs allowed this to happen. Fox wanted their week 17 matchup for the division.

  31. newjerseygiants says: Dec 22, 2013 4:34 PM

    Don’t worry Cowfools, Romo is just waiting till next week to puke all over himself.

  32. guachosporlife says: Dec 22, 2013 4:35 PM

    I all I want for Christmas is a defense.

  33. gb4mn0 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:35 PM

    Great comeback by the cowgirls. Probably all for not.

    Congrats to the Minnysoda vikqueens on their 3rd double digit lose season of the past 4.

  34. aoc57 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:35 PM

    Why do we have to watch Mike Shanahan for the rest of the season if we know he is gone?

    Why not fire his ass right now and show some aspect of the franchise that you, as an owner, will not allow to become a joke.

  35. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 22, 2013 4:36 PM

    Jerry did NOT build those Superbowl teams. Jimmy Johnson did and the reason he left is because Jerry tried to take all the credit for doing so.

    I’ve always enjoyed the people who say Romo is nothing more than a backup and such. You know who else has or had a history of bad INTs? Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. If it’s all on your shoulders you’re going to fail every now and then.

  36. kristucker3 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:37 PM

    Everybody ragging on Tony Romo are those you cant afford the tickets to the game

  37. jafcpa says: Dec 22, 2013 4:38 PM

    Ummm At 3 and 11 with a completely inexperienced QB, who all did you think would win this game? Hardly gets the burden off of Romo!

  38. jafcpa says: Dec 22, 2013 4:39 PM

    Beating a three and eleven team, hardly redeems Romo.

  39. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Dec 22, 2013 4:40 PM

    eiggles would have got blown out tonight anyway

  40. beerbudsnbevo says: Dec 22, 2013 4:44 PM

    Did u see the look on Dan Snyders face when Romo threw the TD to Murray?

    Priceless.

    HTTR

    Hail To Tony Romo

  41. jimsnchz says: Dec 22, 2013 4:49 PM

    As a lifelong Cowboy fan here are the things that surprise me: Winning a game they should win (like today). Beating a really good team (has not happened this year). Not losing in a dramatic painful fashion (could be next Sunday). At this point I’m basically surprised when the DON’T screw up!
    While I wish my team was better they just are not. 109-111 since 2000.
    Keep thinking Romo is the guy, he is not. Nice stat guy but zero leadership skills. Hope I’m wrong about next week.

  42. jhop86 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:49 PM

    Brandin merryweather was a jacka$$ randomly start fight with a receiver

  43. seabreezes51 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:50 PM

    Tony is saving the big choke for the last game.

  44. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 22, 2013 4:53 PM

    Not a hater or anything but I am curious as to why the media, who has seemingly spent the last several years tearing down romo every chance they get, are now falling all over themselves to defend him? Tv, radio and the Internet are lousy with romo apologists this week.

  45. fldc7909 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:54 PM

    DON’T COUNT OUT THE COWBOYS OUT YET WE WILL SHOW UP STRONGER NEXT WEEK AND WE WILL HAVE THE DIVISION LOCKED UP AND AS FOR THEM LET’S INVITE TO WATCH THE PLAYOFFS AND LET ME SAY DALLAS COWBOYS 2013 NFC EAST CHAMPIONS AND SUPER BOWL XLVIII CHAMPIONS!!!!!

  46. badgervmd says: Dec 22, 2013 4:56 PM

    I love how beating a 3-11 team by 1 point suddenly washes away Romo’s years of inconsistent and bad play in December. The commentators on Fox could barely contain themselves the whole game about how amazing Romo was-I thought we flashed head to the Super Bowl. At one point he had seemingly a minute in the pocket and threw to a wide open WR and they were raving about it. I would hope my franchise QB could hit a wide open target with that much time but the media has to make the expected plays and turn them in to something more with Romo. And that 4th down play was more about bad defense than great QB play- they let the RB leak out uncontested and then wonder downfield to the goal line. I am glad I root for a team with higher standards than the ‘Boys.

  47. mickmars says: Dec 22, 2013 4:58 PM

    So when Romo throws 4 picks next week,and they gag up yet another one and lose to the Eagles they will then have lost to each team in the division on the last game of the year,while needing a victory to make the playoffs. At least they’re charitable and spread the meltdown’s around the division….

  48. davikes says: Dec 22, 2013 5:04 PM

    Can’t wait for the press conference. Romo is going to say “Jason called a run, but I decided to throw it.”

  49. eglsfan says: Dec 22, 2013 5:06 PM

    Eagles are comin & bringin hell with them….Trent Cole will knock Romo out of the game!!!!! then again keep him in for the picks he’ll throw….

  50. mysonzdad says: Dec 22, 2013 5:09 PM

    Kennedy was still cheating with Marilyn when Philadelphia last won anything…yet they talk? how is this possible? :O

  51. cutter123 says: Dec 22, 2013 5:13 PM

    Shouldn’t the Redskins have added more to rush Romo? Allowing him to run around rather than put pressure on him – he goes down like tissue paper – is suicidal.

  52. realfootballfan says: Dec 22, 2013 5:16 PM

    I love the guy in the media who prefaced his question to Shanahan with, “Since this is probably your last press conference at home as the Washington coach,” lol. Classic.

  53. mayorrobford says: Dec 22, 2013 5:23 PM

    Are Cowboy fans really fist pumping Romo and the Cowboys because they had to come back and beat the 2nd worst team in football by a single point?

  54. mysonzdad says: Dec 22, 2013 5:27 PM

    Next weeks headlines:

    Texans Win! Snyder wants investigation

    Foles Fails

    Kelly wears Longhorns. Foles wears goathorns

  55. dolphins4 says: Dec 22, 2013 5:34 PM

    If I were a great coach Washington with it’s meddling owner would be the last place I would want to coach.Dan Snyder should hire good coaches and then let them alone and build a winner instead of trading a boat load of high draft picks for one over rated QB.

  56. trollaikman8 says: Dec 22, 2013 5:41 PM

    Bless your little hearts for trying. More time to think about your 3 draft picks for 2014.

    #TrailOfTears

  57. Youknowimright says: Dec 22, 2013 6:00 PM

    Atleast the skins have a high draft pick. Oh wait.

  58. ronaldmexico7 says: Dec 22, 2013 6:04 PM

    Please..nothing this guy can do will ever be enough, even if he wins the Superbowl. He plays hurt, he is undrafted.
    23 come from behind victories since 2006. Only surpassed by Peyton Manning with 25. In the Cowboy’s 7 losses 17 TDs and 3 INTS.

  59. sfniners4life says: Dec 22, 2013 6:16 PM

    He was setting up a excuse if they lost. He could go back and say guys I’m hurt it’s not my fault I threw that int. it’s all going end next week cowgirls.

  60. kingpel says: Dec 22, 2013 8:36 PM

    I bash the Cowboy organization all the time, but I’m a Romo supporter. Gutsy win today but I still think Jason Garrett needs to go. He will waste another season of your star player’s careers before it is all said and done.

  61. phillyphannnn83 says: Dec 22, 2013 9:11 PM

    he beat a 3 win team. end of story.

  62. cmonpos says: Dec 22, 2013 10:00 PM

    Next week’s choke against the Eagles is gonna be so bad, some Cowboy fan in yonder Texas is gonna sucker punch their momma right in the kisser…it aint going to be pretty

  63. boyshole25 says: Dec 22, 2013 10:19 PM

    Both teams are terrible as is the whole division

  64. jimsnchz says: Dec 23, 2013 12:01 AM

    Tony Romo has more comeback wins blah, blah, blah. Tony Romo has the highest QB rating in september in NFL history- blah, blah, blah-
    Here is a stat- Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Stan Humphries, Jay Fiedler,
    Jeff Hostetler , Jay Schroeder & last but not least Cordell Stewart- ALL have better career winning percentages than Tony Romo. Winning is all that matters, Romo is not a winner.

  65. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 23, 2013 1:22 AM

    So does Jerry Jones think the Cowboys actually won? I think the Redskins got a moral victory. Dallas had more points, but today was a sign of things to come for Washington.

  66. yevrag3535 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:23 AM

    The redskins have to be the worst team in the league by far this year. This is suppose to be there biggest rivalry. Well they can’t handle any kind of pressure from the owner to the coach. Sorry to there good fans, they do not deserve either of them….

  67. 1bigtex says: Dec 23, 2013 7:45 AM

    I wonder if Mike Shanahan still believes (or ever believed) that someone will actually trade a first rounder for Kirk Cousins in a draft that appears to be deep at QB?

  68. gammynomnom says: Dec 23, 2013 9:21 AM

    Dear Haters,
    Scoreboard.

  69. denverdude7 says: Dec 23, 2013 10:36 AM

    This game was simply a stay of execution for the Cowboys.

    I would be very surprised if Dallas stays within 21 points of the Eagles next week.

    Either way, the winner is one and done in the playoffs.

  70. peymax1693 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:55 PM

    Romo once again teases the Cowboy fans with a clutch performance one week after that disaster against the Packers.

    He is like a hot girlfriend that you just can’t bring yourself to leave, even though she keeps cheating on you.

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