- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo was two days removed from back surgery when the Dallas Cowboys lost their shot at winning the NFC East in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2013 regular-season finale.
He was able to make it to Valley Ranch the day after the game for the final team meeting of the season, but what was it like to have to watch the game?
"It was obviously tough to watch, because you want to be there and having a game to get in the playoffs at home," Romo said Tuesday. "It's a big difference between that and being on the road. The last time I had a home game at the end of the year, it was against Philly to do something for the division, and we won that game. It felt eerily similar to that going in."
The Cowboys shut out the Eagles, 24-0, in the 2009 finale to win the NFC East and won the rematch the following week in the wild-card round.
They have not made the playoffs since.
In 2010, Romo missed 10 games with a broken collarbone. He played in every game in 2011 and '12 and the Cowboys finished 8-8 both times, losing Week 17 games for the NFC East title. He wanted that third chance last year but had to watch Kyle Orton at quarterback.
"I just think it was not being able to be out there for your football team," was the hardest thing, Romo said. "I've played through a lot of things in my career and feel like in some ways if you can walk, you'll find a way to play. That was tough."