Romo has done well under pressure, yet can he lead Dallas to their third win against New England on Sunday?
By Matt Noonan
Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys will invade Foxborough, Massachusetts on Sunday and certainly, they’d like to walk off the field with their third win of the season in their back pocket.
In some ways, this is a “must win” for the Boys; yet, it’s also an important game for Romo, who has been Jekyll and Hyde all season. However, Dallas’s gunslinger has won some “big games” and certainly, I think he’d like to add this one to his heroic resume.
Here are some games that Romo has helped Dallas prevail with an important win.
Dallas 21 – Indianapolis 14 (Nov. 19, 2006) – Against the Colts, Romo completed 19-of-23 passes for 226 yards, and tossed one interception, but received some additional help from running back Mario Barber, who rushed for two fourth quarter scores. This game was a significant stepping-stone for Romo, as he and his team handed the Colts their first loss of the season and ended their nine-game winning streak.
Dallas 37 – Green Bay 27 (Nov. 29, 2007) – In a game that decided the top seed in the NFC conference, Romo led Dallas to an impressive 11th win, as well as tossed four touchdown passes too. Besides completing 19-of-30 passes and finishing with 309 yards through the air, Romo also relied on his running game, and wide receiver Terrell Owens, who led the Cowboys receiving core with seven catches for 156 yards and one touchdown.
Dallas 24 – New Orleans 17 (Dec. 19, 2009) – In a critical “must win” contest, Dallas yet again handed another undefeated squad their first loss of the season, as well as watched Romo tear apart the Saints secondary for one touchdown and 22 completions. Yet, besides Romo’s ability to remain comfortable in the pocket and make smart reads, linebacker DeMarcus Ware recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles, which helped Dallas earn their ninth win of the ’09 season.
Dallas 34 – Philadelphia 14 (Jan. 9, 2010) – Despite losing two playoff games against New York and Seattle, Romo finally won his first postseason contest, as well as tossed two touchdowns in the win. Yet, despite their exciting victory against the Eagles on this particular day, Dallas’s playoff run ended in Minnesota a week later, as Brett Favre and the Vikings pulverized the Cowboys in the NFC Divisional round by a score of 34-3.