Romo Can Do No Wrong
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Tony Romo's good games have been very good.
And, just as importantly, his bad games haven't been too bad.
As the Dallas Cowboys have moved to take control of the NFC East and become a top Super Bowl contender in the NFL's junior varsity conference, the play of their first-year starting quarterback has been the key. Romo's record as the Cowboys' starter improved to 5-1 with Sunday's 23-20 triumph over the New York Giants at Giants Stadium.
But it wasn't that Romo played well Sunday. It was simply that he didn't play horribly, and then he made one big throw in crunch time.
"He didn't have his best day," Cowboys Coach Bill Parcells said. "But he got us down the field when it counted."
Romo threw two interceptions and coughed up a fumble in the first half, although his fumble was recovered by the Cowboys. He could have been en route to one of those days in which a quarterback loses a game singlehandedly, a Rex Grossman special. Instead, he steadied himself. He didn't make any more crucial mistakes. And after the Giants tied the game on a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning to wide receiver Plaxico Burress with 1 minute 6 seconds remaining, he came up big.
The Cowboys got the ball at their 32-yard line with a minute left. They went to one of their favorite passing plays, one they hadn't used all day. It's designed to get tight end Jason Witten open down the field against an opposing linebacker, and it worked for a 42-yard gain to the Giants 26. A false start penalty on left tackle Flozell Adams--with the Cowboys planning a pass into the end zone--moved the ball back five yards, but new kicker Martin Gramatica connected on the game-winning field goal, a 46-yarder, with one second to go.
"We made mistakes today," Romo said. "I did, I know that. You just have to make sure you give yourself a chance at the end."
Please email us to report offensive comments.
Posted by: raul soliz | December 4, 2006 6:33 PM
Posted by: Derick | December 5, 2006 1:24 PM
The comments to this entry are closed.