December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) waves to fans after the game against the at Paul Brown Stadium. Dallas won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo Poised To Lead Dallas Cowboys To Championship

The last week of the season is here and the Cowboys once again find themselves in position to make a run in the playoffs if they can pass one final challenge. Unfortunately history is not on the side of Dallas in scenarios like this one.

I’m sure most would remember last year’s fiasco against the Giants and many more before that. The thing is though that history to this point has absolutely no relevance. The past will not alter the attitude with which the Cowboys enter this game.

Come Sunday evening the Cowboys will be led out of the tunnel by their fearless leader and face of the franchise, Tony Romo. Needless to say, Romo has a gigantic monkey on his back. His record in do or die moments like these is almost disgusting. Like it or not though, he will be called on once again to deliver a victory in what could be considered one of the biggest games of his career.

His previous gaffes have given him a reputation for being good but not good enough, and in many cases have turned many fans completely against him. It’s hard to back somebody who has yet to win a meaningful game in his career, but this Sunday he will have his chance.

To many even a wild card victory will not suffice. A once great franchise is now riddled with mediocrity and too many almosts. The torch of this once storied team was passed to Romo in hopes that he could return it to greatness. The fruits of that decision have yet to be fulfilled, but could all this patience finally be paid off with what we’ve been seeking?

The numbers speak for themselves. At this point only a true fan and believer, or a complete idiot would pick the Cowboys on Sunday. I’m hoping I’m the former. Let’s face it, the defense is shot and running on fumes, the offensive line is much improved but far from consistent, and the offense in general is inconsistent. No matter, the defense still has one of the most prolific pass rushers in the game in Demarcus Ware who has chosen to brave the pain from which he is suffering. Don’t forget about his rising counterpart in Anthony Spencer who has all but earned the contract extension he was seeking. There is a guy named Dez Bryant who is making a name for himself that we can’t forget about either.

The roster is banged up and limping to the finish line which only speaks more in favor of this team’s character and ability to continue fighting. That is the key ingredient and attitude that makes this team different than last year’s. When this team was in its darkest hour, it rose to its feet and swung back, and the man who led the way is the guy that has that number nine on his chest.

This could be the make or break moment for Tony Romo. He has led a broken team to the opportunity to complete for a playoff spot, but at this point only a Super Bowl championship seems to be the remedy. Will fans accept another defeat in the last game of the season? Will they accept a loss in the wild card round? Would they even accept a loss in the Super Bowl?

The certainty at this point is that now more than ever Tony Romo needs his team. He needs every last person on this team to do their part to change the destiny of the Dallas Cowboys.

Sunday versus the Redskins is pretty much the start of the playoffs for both teams. Every game from this point on is win or go home. Maybe this is where Tony can start to change his legacy. Is this a make or break game for Romo? That’s a question that will have to wait to be answered, but one thing is for sure, he holds the answer to that question in his own hands. This is not just about Sunday, but about changing the atmosphere in Dallas and bringing home a Lombardi Trophy.

Tony Romo has been called to lead this team into battle, and like many great leaders before him he will take the glory that comes with victory, and he will take the shame that comes with defeat.

Jason Witten said it best at the beginning of the season when he said this can’t be the same old Dallas Cowboys story. Up to this point the story is almost exactly the same as in years past, but something tells me this story will have a much happier ending.

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  • Juanito Juanito

    bull..shit, allways puting presure to romo like, bigest game of is carrer, next week same thing, he cant make miracles, he doesnt have had a real team yet, mabe next season if coach fix and select guys for offensive line, now puting presure to romo when half team is a hospital ? romo is for real, but need help.

  • bill77365

    Never won a meaningful game in his career? Cowboys fans are so spoiled. Come on! To a Cowboys fan, there are two kinds of big games, the Superbowl or any game they lose. If the Boys’ win a “big game,” well they should’ve won it so it wasn’t a “big game.” How many “meaningful” (I love that term as if a win counts less than others) games has Romo won? Well about a half dozen comes to mind without even thinking about it: 2007=Chicago, Green Bay (clinched #1 seed); 2009=New Orleans (undefeated until they met the ‘Boys), Eagles (clinched NFC east), Eagles (wildcard); 2011=San Francisco (overtime); 2012=Bengals, Steelers. With more thought, I could probably add another half dozen plus to the list, but this is the point, Romo is reason the Cowboys have even been in the position to win “meaningful big games” in the first place! Go Cowboys! Kill the Redskins! Crush! Maim! Rend!!!!!

    • tkbaines

      Well put Bill. Romo certainly hasn’t achieve elite status as of yet, but all elite QBs need a supporting cast who performs at a high level. Tony hasn’t been on a team that has consistently stays healthy, AND performs at a very high level at the same time. Where would Tom Brady or Peyton Manning be if they had to play behind this offensive line? Likely sitting in the hospital in a body cast if they indeed survived. Neither one is very mobile, and absolutely needs a pro bowl type offensive line to keep them healthy; and that’s what they’ve had. But Tony keeps putting up great numbers with a mediocre and inconsistent offensive line; he deserves great credit.

  • kurumba

    Use Two TE packages [Hanna and Witten] spread the Deadksins out and attack them a la Belichick with an effective running game mixed in. Also much is made about Morris and Chicken legs IV. But BOTH are ROOKIES and not very experienced. Last week against Philly they were almost defeated so their formline is coming down. AFTER 6 CONSECUTIVE WINS THE DEADSKINS ARE DUE TO LOSE AND SOON. Dallas is 4-3 on the road BUT probably should be 5-2 and have defeated Baltimore when Baltimore WAS FULL STRENGTH. Baltimore is imposing at Home when at full mast so that is something to instill confidence for this game. Dallas has also defeated BOTH NFC rivals i.e The G-Men and eagles ON THE ROAD. All the pressure is on the Deadskins and two inexperienced players. Unless Dallas repeats the turnovers of the First game facts suggest the Deadskins who have NOT won a division title for 13 years or so are poor value at 1/2 on favourite.