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.