It has been the knock on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo his entire career: He chokes when the game is on the line. On Sunday, against the Minnesota Vikings, Romo displayed quite the opposite. On this day, Tony Romo was clutch.
Down by three points, with 2:44 left in the fourth quarter, Romo lead his Cowboys on a 90-yard scoring drive to win the game. Every single play on that drive was a pass play. And Romo went 7 of 9 on those pass attempts and found wideout Dwayne Harris for the game-winning touchdown with :35 seconds left on the clock. The game was laid squarely at Romo’s feet…and he delivered.
Romo would finish the day going 34 of 51 passes for 337 yards, two scores and one interception. But in all honesty, his receivers didn’t help him very much during the game. Several drops by Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and even the sure-handed Jason Witten often resulted in the Cowboys offense settling for punts or field goals. Although Romo has struggled with feeling comfortable in the pocket and with his accuracy of late, he did “turn it on” when he had to on Sunday and won the game.
If Romo can build confidence from Sunday’s come-from-behind victory, maybe Dallas can start winning the games they are supposed to. All of the Cowboys losses this season have come despite Dallas having the lead going into the fourth quarter. Romo still has a lot to prove before he loses that “accident waiting to happen” label. But if he can begin stringing more of these clutch performances together, he might begin changing those negative opinions of his play.