Steelers claiming Romo remark inspired them

December, 8, 2008
12/08/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

PITTSBURGH -- In my continued effort to save Disney money, I'm flying home to Dallas on Tuesday morning instead of my usual day-after-the-game flight. It's given me the unique opportunity to dual-blog (the latest rage) with AFC North blogger James Walker and listen to local sports-talk radio.

One of the story lines from Sunday's game that isn't getting a lot of attention nationally is Tony Romo's remark to Steelers defenders after they called a timeout with 1:51 left in the game, and the score tied, 13-13.

"Did you all really call a time out?" Romo yelled to linebackers LaMarr Woodley and James Farrior.

"Yeah, what's your problem?" Farrior shot back.

"I don't know what else he thought would happen," Farrior added later. "That definitely added a little fuel to the fire."

But let's be honest. It was a curious time for the Steelers to call timeout. The Cowboys had opened their drive with a 2-yard gain, and they were rushing up to the line of scrimmage to run a play. You could make the argument that the Steelers did them a favor. But on the next play, Romo threw the back-breaking interception to Deshea Townsend.

Perhaps Mike Tomlin's timeout interrupted Romo's flow. He's been incredibly effective in the two-minute drill -- as evidenced by his performance at the end of the first half. I don't know why Romo felt compelled to say something to the Steelers after that timeout.

Maybe he was just taking a playful jab to lighten the tension of the moment. But the Steelers certainly didn't take it that way. Linebacker James Harrison, who doesn't seem like the type of guy who enjoys a little ribbing, took offense to the comment. The Steelers also hated the fact that Witten suggested that his slip led to the game-winning interception. Townsend wanted everyone to know that defensive coordinator Dick LaBeau knew the exact play the Cowboys were going to run when they lined up with trips to the right side. Well, I highly doubt that. That's the type of things players say when they return a touchdown to win the game.

By the way, I encourage all of you to follow my lead and watch "Monday Night Countdown" right now. Tom Jackson is explaining how Ronde Barber will defend Steve Smith tonight. Pretty heady stuff.

Emmitt Smith just said the sucker-punch that Steve Smith delivered to Ken Lucas during training camp "was special." I'll leave that one alone for now.

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