Oh What a Game!
And that’s why Tony Romo is Tony Romo. He throws for a Cowboys record 506 yards, with 5 touchdowns and plays brilliantly…until the game is on the line and then Tony Terrific shows up. With less than 2 minutes to play, Romo throws a pass that he doesn’t need to throw, to a well-covered receiver and the pass is intercepted. Cowboys lose to Denver 51-48. Romo wasn’t alone in the bone-headed plays and I’ll get to that in a bit.
Despite what Romo did at the end, just look at some of these numbers from one of the most entertaining games in Cowboys history. Romo was 25-36 for 506 yards and 5 scores, Peyton Manning was 33-42 for 414 yards and 4 touchdowns. The game had 4 one hundred yard receivers, Terrance Williams caught 4 passes for 151 and one touchdown, Dez Bryant 6 catches for 141 yards and 2 scores, Jason Witten 7 catches for 121 yards and a TD and Julius Thomas of the Bronco’s 9 catches for 122 yards and 2 scores. That is an amazing amount of offense. The point total is the most ever in Cowboys history. I’m not sure if there actually were any defensive players in the game. Both offenses pretty much did whatever they wanted to do all day.
The Cowboys went from being up 14-0 in the first quarter to trailing 28-20 at halftime, and the back and forth never ended. The Cowboys actually went down 35-20 midway thru the third quarter before fighting back. It’s hard to say if this type of loss will actually help the Cowboys confidence or not, after all, the Bronco’s are one of the best teams in the NFL and one of the last remaining undefeated teams so maybe they can take away that they were right there— but it should have been a win and that sting will last awhile.
Head coach Jason Garrett must also take a lot of heat for another game mismanaged at the end. After the late interception by Romo, deep in the Cowboys end, all Denver needed was a field goal to win. With the ball on the Dallas 3 yard line, third and one, Denver ran up the middle and got the first down at the one. With the Cowboys out of timeouts, all Denver had to do at that point, was take a knee three times, let the clock run down to 3 seconds and kick the chip shot field goal to win. Garrett should have had his defense let Knowshon Moreno score on the third down run and the Cowboys would have at least gotten the ball back with over a minute to play with a chance to tie and force overtime. Dumb decisions by the head coach and the quarterback late in the game will kill you almost every time, and once again it did for the Cowboys, who fell to 2-3 on the season.