Monday, December 23, 2013
Tony Romo's 'Houdini' act returns in time
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- The swerving, spinning and juking moves have not been on display as much this season, but Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo showed his moxie in Sunday’s win against the Washington Redskins.
Actually, he showed it the week before against the Green Bay Packers when he ducked under linebacker Clay Matthews, but his throw to Miles Austin drifted inside and was intercepted, leading to the Packers’ winning touchdown.
But against the Redskins, Romo was able to wiggle free from trouble a handful of times to come up with big plays that led to the 24-23 win.
“That’s the thing about Romo, he’s a great quarterback, especially when you allow him to make those off-schedule plays and buy time,” Redskins linebacker London Fletcher said. “He eluded the sack a couple of times when we had free guys. That’s just him. That’s what makes him great, the ability to do that type of deal. Unfortunately he’s done that to us a number of times since I've been here.”
Romo’s first touchdown pass of the game came when he spun away from an unblocked and blitzing cornerback, E.J. Biggers. He set his feet and hit Dez Bryant in the back of the end zone for a 14-yard score in the second quarter.
In the fourth-quarter drive that ended with Dan Bailey's field goal, Romo spun away from trouble on third-and-1 and found Austin for a first down.
On the game-winning drive, he was able step away from pressure and find Terrance Williams for a 51-yard completion that flipped field position and put the Redskins on their heels.
"That’s another Houdini play from Romo,” Bryant said.
And on the winning score Romo bought himself some time -- thanks to solid protection -- but stepped up and froze the defense with a quick pump fake that gave DeMarco Murray a little more room to get into the end zone from the 2 for the 10-yard strike.
“Tony’s been remarkable throughout his career being able to create a little time for himself, buy a little time for the receivers, and he did it again,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Certainly the biggest play of the ballgame.”