Sunday, November 29, 2009
Ranking Romo's big-game wins
By Tim MacMahon
You tend to hear a lot about the big-game failures of Tony Romo at this time of year.
He hasn't won enough big games to meet the America's Team standard set by Hall of Famers Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. And he hasn't won them late enough in the season, as evidence by his 5-10 record in December and January, including a pair of playoff losses.
But Romo has come through for the Cowboys in clutch settings. As evidence, here are his top five big-game wins:
Nov. 29, 2007 vs. Green Bay: Romo was remarkable with the NFC’s top seed at stake and his boyhood idol, Brett Favre, on the opposing sideline. “You want to play in games like this,” Romo said after completing 19 of 30 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns in the 37-27 win. “Your competitive juices get flowing and you want to prove what kind of player you are."
Nov. 8, 2009 at Philadelphia: Romo returned to the scene of the most embarrassing loss of Jerry Jones’ ownership with a solid performance to help the Cowboys break a tie for the NFC East lead. He completed 21 of 34 passes for 307 yards and the game-winning touchdown to Miles Austin in the 20-16 victory.
Nov. 19, 2006 vs. Indianapolis: The Colts went home 9-1 after Romo’s first start at Texas Stadium. Romo completed 19 of 23 passes for 226 yards – with only one incompletion after halftime – to help keep Peyton Manning on the sideline for long stretches. "He's like, 'You're a good player,'” Romo said of his quick postgame chat with Manning. “So that's meaningful to me."
Nov. 11, 2007 at NY Giants: The Cowboys seized control of the NFC East race with the 31-20 road win. Romo completed 20 of 28 passes for 247 yards and four TDs. His 50-yard strike to T.O. in the fourth quarter, their second scoring connection of the second half, was the dagger.
Dec. 14, 2008 vs. NY Giants: Romo was steady after a week of drama swirling around his relationships with T.O. and Jason Witten. Despite suffering a back injury late in the first quarter, Romo completed 20 of 30 passes for 244 yards and two TDs in the 20-8 win, keeping the Cowboys in the playoff hunt.