An 0-2 start wouldn't have been good

September, 18, 2011
9/18/11
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cowboys were seven minutes away from an 0-2 start.

A rally of 13 consecutive points saved the Cowboys from a potential bad start.

Dallas is 1-1 thanks to a 27-24 overtime victory against the 49ers on Sunday. Dan Bailey made a game-tying 48-yard field goal at the end of regulation and a game winning 19-yarder in overtime.

But if the Cowboys had lost, it would have marked the second consecutive season without any wins after two games, and no matter what anybody would have said in the locker room after the game, 0-2 starts don't lead to playoff success.

Since 1990, 22 of the 177 teams to start 0-2 have made the postseason, which is just 12.4 percent.

"I didn't want to be 0-2," said Tony Romo, who played with a fractured rib. "At the end of the day, it is about winning and losing in this game and we needed to win. Why I wanted to be out there? I am competitive. If I can play, I am going to play. There is no secret about that stuff. You grow up playing football, you do that. It is part of playing the quarterback position."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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