Tony Romo: Morphing into Mr. December, part III

The transition into Mr. December for Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo, is just over halfway complete.  In a spectacular win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the third Sunday of the month, Romo played near flawlessly.  With a somewhat-improved offensive line protecting him, Romo looked good, when it mattered the most.

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

In an overtime win against the Steelers, the Cowboys, as a collective whole, played one of the better games of the season.  With a depleted Steelers secondary, Romo was able to hit all of his receivers throughout the game.  The Cowboys offense statistics include: 23 first downs to the Steelers 20, 64 total plays to their 61, 415 total yards to 388, and a final score of 27 – 24.  To say it was close, is an understatement, but the deciding factor was Romo.

His individual game stats:  30 of 42 completions, 341 total yards, 2 touchdowns, and a rating of 111.3 – not too shabby.  The lack of turnovers has been key as of late.  Romo has turned it up these last few games and continues his march towards the playoffs.  For 2012, he is now 3 – 0 in December; overall for the month, he is 11 – 13.  While he isn’t quite at .500 for the month of December, he’s just two games back from that little goal and two games away from going to the coveted playoffs.

December-to-date statistics:

77 / 112 completions = 69% (improvement)
912 total passing yards
6 touchdowns
1 interception

With Romo’s history of falling apart in December, this season seems to have a different feel.  Despite losing half the team to injury, the Cowboys have found a way to persevere.  My new moniker for Romo, Mr. December, hasn’t quite caught on yet, but it’s starting to see some tweet-worthy action.  Two more games on the schedule, the New Orleans Saints at home on Christmas Eve-Eve, and then a visit to the Washington Redskins for a who’s-getting-into-the-playoffs showdown.  It doesn’t usually take a long time for a man to morph into his superhero persona, but when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys, nothing seems to come quickly.

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Mr December, Tony Romo

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