Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Mr. November morphs into Mr. December

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The Sunday night game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles was exactly what the fanbase needed.  Tension and angst are palpable in the 200-mile radius surrounding the city of Arlington.  Cowboy fans around the country were ready to converge on Washington D.C., asking the President, no less, to make things right in #Cowboysnation.  Tony Romo, Cowboy’s quarterback, put the team on his shoulders and carried them to victory.

After a very sluggish first half, notwithstanding the play of one DeMarco Murray, running back, Romo had had enough.  His second half performance has to go down as one of the best of his career.  So what if it was against the 3-8 Eagles!  This game gives the faithful some hope that all is not lost.  Four games remain on the schedule (Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, and Washington Redskins) and they are all very winnable – VERY!

With that said, it’s time Romo leaves the old moniker, Mr. November, behind and takes on the new one, Mr. December.  November isn’t the month teams should peak; December is the month they must get serious about winning.  Get hot at just the right time and they WILL make the playoffs.  The Cowboys need help from opposing teams – especially those playing the New York Giants – but as long as Romo leads this team, as he did last night, there’s no stopping them.

Here’s a look at his overall career statistics for November and December.

November statistics:

2006:  3 – 1
2007:  5 – 0
2008:  3 – 0
2009:  4 – 1
2010:  Injured
2011:  4 – 0
2012:  2 – 2
Overall record:  21 – 4

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December statistics:

2006:  2 – 3
2007:  2 – 2
2008:  1 – 3
2009:  2 – 2
2010:  Injured
2011:  1 – 3
2012:  1 – 0 (4 games on the schedule)
Overall record:  9 – 13

While his December record has been pretty dismal over the course of his career, he’s 1 – 0 now and you have to start somewhere.  His stats from last night’s game were off the charts:  22/27, 303 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a rating of 150.5 – his highest ever.  He played as solid of a football game as one could possibly play.  I’ve been very critical of Romo, but last night he proved to me and all of my fellow naysayers why he plays this game.  It’s not over until the last whistle blows and this Cowboy’s team is just getting started – at the perfect time.

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