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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Romo gets it right this time around

By ESPN Stats & Information


Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SportssTony Romo (right) got it done when needed on Sunday against the Redskins.
Tony Romo did it again, with "it" in this case being something positive-- a game-winning touchdown rather than a game-ending interception.

Romo led the Cowboys to a comeback win over the Washington Redskins with his late touchdown throw to DeMarco Murray.

This marked the 12th time that Romo has led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime in the last three seasons. That’s the most in the NFL in that span. Romo's 23 career game-winning drives are tied with Roger Staubach for the most in Cowboys history (Staubach's 23 include two in the playoffs).

What did Romo do best on Sunday?
Romo threw both of his touchdowns (including the game-winner to Murray) outside the pocket on Sunday.

Romo has four touchdown passes from outside the pocket in his last three games, with at least one in each game. He only had one in his first 11 games of the season.

The game-winning play
Murray’s touchdown catch was unusual in a number of respects. Entering the day, he’d only run three fourth-down pass routes in his entire career.

Romo had only thrown one fourth-down pass all season (an incomplete one against the Chicago Bears) prior to Sunday.

But there was some indication that the struggles the Cowboys had on those first three plays could be erased.

Romo entered the day having completed 71 percent of his fourth-down passes (and had a completion earlier in the fourth quarter), the highest completion percentage of any active quarterback. He was 20 for 25 (80 percent) on fourth-down throws in the fourth quarter or overtime.

Looking ahead
Next Sunday, the Cowboys will play in their eighth win-or-go-home game in Week 17 or the playoffs with Tony Romo as the starting quarterback.

They are 1-6 in the previous seven games, 0-3 in those games that were played in Week 17.

In the seven games, Romo has completed 61 percent of his passes, but has only eight touchdown throws and seven interceptions.

Each of the three Week 17 games was played on the road, with the Cowboys losing by a combined 65 points.