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Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: November 5, 11:43 AM ET
Cowboys rally behind Tony Romo

By Todd Archer
ESPN.com

IRVING, Texas -- If there was ever a doubt about whether the Dallas Cowboys were Tony Romo's team, it was erased when teammates rallied behind the quarterback Monday.

Romo threw for a franchise-record 506 yards and five touchdowns in the 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but his fourth-quarter interception led to the game-winning field goal, ruining what had been a career day.

"In my eyes, Romo is a fighter," wide receiver Dez Bryant said. "I don't think no quarterback in this league takes as much criticism as he takes, and he still goes out there and acts like he hasn't heard anything. I know he heard it, but he don't let it get to him. He goes out there and performs the best way he possibly can, and we're going to forever back him."

The defense took the heat for the loss, allowing a franchise record for points in a game. Peyton Manning completed 33 of 42 passes for 414 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. It was the third 400-yard passer the Cowboys had allowed in the first five games.

Romo "is a premier quarterback and he played his butt off yesterday," defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. "The defense didn't do a good enough job to win. We should've gotten off the field on third down and made plays when they were in. We didn't. We didn't give him a chance to win. It's on the defense."

Coach Jason Garrett acknowledged Romo should have thrown the check down to running back DeMarco Murray instead of forcing the throw to tight end Gavin Escobar, which led to Danny Trevathan's interception. But the good from Romo outweighed the bad for the game.

"We have an immense amount of confidence in Tony Romo," Garrett said. "If you watched us play over the last six, seven years, I think anybody would recognize that. We think he's an outstanding player. I think he showed that yesterday. Unfortunately it didn't end up the way we wanted it to for our football team, but you've just got to keep throwing fastballs and keep going, and Tony will certainly do that and our team will certainly do that."