Until Tony Romo takes the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl, he’ll always be judged as incapable in the clutch.
How many fans and spectators had the thought of all Romo’s game-changing interceptions and miscues in mind when he took the field in a tie game with 4:45 to play Sunday?
Many were playing out situations in their head about how Romo would blow a game that the Cowboys should have easily won. I’ll admit that his interception vs. the Broncos was more fresh in my mind than the comeback he orchestrated against the Minnesota Vikings more recently in the season.
But you know what Cowboys fans, give the man his due. Tony Romo is Super Man for this team.
He delivered in the clutch Sunday with the season on life support and showed why he’s worth that expensive contract he signed in the offseason. No. 9 completed six of nine passes for 62 yards to set up the game-winning field goal by Dan Bailey as time expired.
The Cowboys now sit tied for first place in the NFC East with a favorable matchup against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. However, It’s pretty obvious that the ‘Boys will only go as far Romo carries them. And to be honest he’s already carried them tremendously far this season.
How many quarterbacks can boast a winning record and a share of first place with one of the league’s historically bad defenses?
Not many. But Romo sure can.
He overcame another one of the defenses’s late-game squanderings of a lead Sunday and showed everyone what most already knew: He can win in the clutch.
Sunday’s game-winning drive marked the 11th time in Romo’s career he’s led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011, which actually leads all NFL quarterbacks. Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, Romo became the first Dallas Cowboys player to surpass 200 touchdown passes in his career.
This game winning drive couldn’t have come at a better time for a team looking for a signature win, or at least a season-changer in terms of mindset. It also did a lot for Romo to silence his critics just a little as the Cowboys approach December.
It’s definitely going to be a two team dogfight with the Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC East, but if Romo keeps up his hot play and comes through in the clutch more often like he did on Sunday, the Cowboys can be thinking about much higher aspirations than the division crown.
It would sure be nice to see another game winning drive in MetLife Stadium come February.
The Romo-Coaster is soaring upwards. For now.
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