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Romo’s Next Challenge: Erase Being Sleepless In Seattle

Most Cowboys fans will never forget the night of January 6 th 2007, when then rookie QB Tony Romo made a major miscue that will forever live in Dallas Cowboy playoff history.   All Tony Romo had to do was put the ball down and let Martin Gramatica make an easy FG kick — just 19 yards, even closer than an extra point.  That’s where it all slipped away from the Dallas Cowboys.   Unbelievably the inexperienced Romo bobbled the ball on a perfect snap and the field-goal try with 1:19 left led to a scramble that ended 2 yards shy of the end zone and a yard short of a first down, preserving a 21-20 victory for the Seattle Seahawks in one of the wildest NFL wild-card games ever.

Nov 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys rkicker Dan Bailey (5) kicks a second quarter field goal with a hold from quarterback Tony Romo (9) against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Much has changed since that dark night in Seattle for the Cowboys.  Soon to be Hall Of Fame Head Coach Bill Parcells decided to retire following that difficult playoff loss, and his young Cowboys team of 2007 is now a bunch of seasoned veterans looking for one last chance at a SuperBowl run before the team that Parcells built window slams shut.   Romo and the Cowboys did indeed take a huge step forward last week when they finally got some revenge for another tough January loss to Eil Manning and the SuperBowl Champion NY Giants, but oddly enough this game will have even more significance for Romo.  It is his first trip back to Seattle since that 2007 Playoff game, a convincing win would spring board Romo on his way to a MVP season and that much needed elusive SuperBowl victory.

This may turn out to become the most important game for the Cowboys this season because their under-rated QB will gain even more confidence and swagger with a victory.  Look for Tony Romo to shine and take advantage of a weak Seahawks secondary with 4 TD passes and over 350 yards passing, and the Cowboys to continue their early 2012 roll to the tune of 38-13.  You can mark it down now Cowboy fans, I guarantee that this time Tony Romo and his Dallas Cowboys team-mates will return home to Arlington Texas without being Sleepless in Seattle.

Topics: 2007 NFL Playoffs, Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo

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  • Joe Cowboy

    “Most Cowboys fans will never forget the night of January 6 th 2007, when then rookie QB Tony Romo made a major miscue that will forever live in Dallas Cowboy playoff history.” Romo was not a rookie at that time. He signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2003.

    • DorieStreet

      The new addition to the staff needs to spend less time with superfluous predictions, and make sure he puts forth accurate information in his articles.
      A bone-head error in the very first sentence.

    • Keith Batchelor

      So much wrong with this piece. On top of what you said. Tuna didn’t build this team and this isn’t their last chance to win a SB. Also Romo wasn’t inexperienced as a snap holder. He had been doing it all season.

  • Winchester Bob

    4 TDs and 350 yrds is a pipe dream seattle has one of the scariest defences in the NFL. Their corners will maul austin and bryant off the line causing them have to reroute throwing off romo’s timing or worse yet causing interceptions because of the timing. This is going to be physical hard fought war in the loudest stadium in football. This game will be won in the forth quarter by a kicker. Prediction 20-19 loss to seattle with 250 yards 1 td 2 picks and 4 field goals. Not a knock on timid but respect for a young probowl filled secondary and stingy run defence. Murry is the key to winng this game. If they can pound the rock and pull a safty into the box the passing game will open up. If not its going to be a long hard day.

  • Hawk_Eye

    It just amazes me how you Cowboys fans think an average 8-8 team is so superior to all the other NFL teams. MVP? Superbowl? Give me a break! I hope the Seahawks runs it down your teams throat all day.

    • Keith Batchelor

      They aren’t 8-8 this season. They are 1-0 with a win on the road against the SB champs! Much better than being 0-1 and losing to the Cardinals.

    • ctcowboy1968

      The only aspect of this game that is dangerous is that it is being played in Seattle. Seahawks are excellent at home and awful on the road. The best O player they have is Beast Mode. We will see how he likes the best LB crew in the NFL.
      BTW, this year’s team is completely different from last year. Major upgrades on both sides of the ball. In the free agency era of the NFL, each year is usually completely different for every team.

  • Randle

    …….a weak Seattle secondary? The same secondary that sent 3 of the 4 to the pro bowl last season?
    I think the Cowboys will win this game, but this is ridiculous. Seattle has a great, borderline elite defense. Of which the secondary is the strength, probably the best secondary in the NFL. How can you be that far off base?
    Also, just a side note, 19 yards is not “closer than an extra point.” It is the exact same as an extra point.

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