Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a gaming winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the game Minnesota Vikings at AT

Tony Romo Leads Dallas Cowboys Past Minnesota Vikings


I admit it!  I thought the all too frequent late game Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo interception was coming, thus ruining what was supposed to be a blowout win over the hapless Minnesota Vikings.  But, Tony didn’t offer up the last-minute gift and in fact used adept skill to lead the Dallas Cowboys down the field for the win.

Dallas Cowboys 27, Minnesota Vikings 23

With just 2:44 left in the game, Dallas trailed Minnesota 23-20 starting the last drive from their own 10 yard line.  With 90 yards to go, and a complete inability to run the ball (9 attempts for 36 yards) the odds seemed to be against the Cowboys.  Romo and the Cowboys sprinted into their 2 minute offense going no huddle.  They also went to an empty backfield, five wide receiver formation declaring loud and clear that there would be no running attempts in those final 2+ minutes.

Romo started the drive with an eleven yard pass to Tight end Jason Witten followed by a short pass to wide receiver Dwayne Harris which foreshadowed the eventual touchdown play.  Wide receiver Cole Beasley got into the act next on an 18 yard catch and run bringing the ball to the Dallas 45 yard line.

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) celebrates after the game winning touchdown with head coach Jason Garrett against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at AT

Beasley led all Cowboys wide receivers on the day with 6 receptions for 68 yards.  The second year player from Southern Methodist University is making teams wish they had not passed on him in the draft, as Cole continues to exhibit elusive speed and catch key passes out of his natural slot receiver position.

On the next play, Romo hit WR Dez Bryant for a solid 34 yard gain across the middle.  Both Beasley and Witten caught short gains the next two plays giving Dallas the ball at the Minnesota 7 yard line.  The touchdown came on a crisp slant route ran by special teams ace and do everything wide receiver Dwayne Harris.

The entire drive took 2:09 on 9 plays covering 90 yards.  The drive was workman-like and mistake free from Tony Romo.  He deserves all the credit in the world for leading his offense almost the full length of the field in the last two minutes of the game.

One could argue that against an inferior Minnesota team the Cowboys should not have needed to score in the final minutes of the game, or that the total abandonment of the running game contributed to the come-from-behind win, but the bottom line is that Tony Romo delivered when he had to.

Tony has 19 career game winning drives, and as much blame as he takes for late game losses, he deserves credit for this victory.

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  • JTracker

    What in the world is wrong with this so called, “most talented team of the NFC East”, the Dallas Cowboys?

    Seems like only yesterday (it was) the Dallas Cowboys who were supposed to overwhelm a team that is at the bottom of its division at 1-7 barely came up with a victory. In some sports circles the Cowboys were a 2 touchdown favorite. So how in the world do you let this caliber type team scare the fans half to death in the final minutes of the game.

    Somebody needs to take responsibility for what the “product” on the field is like. Whether it’s good or not so good the product has a brand and the brand happens to be that of America’s Team, the DALLAS COWBOYS!

    The Dallas Cowboys is perhaps the most internationally recognized name in all of American Sports. It is for this very reason that Mr. Jerry Jones should reconsider letting himself go as the General Manager.

    The brain trust for this organization should step back and re-evaluate a new path for its future. It’s been almost twenty years without a significant win and by the looks of it it will be another 20 years before we can become a Super Bowl winning team again.

    Can someone out there please ask Mr. Jerry Jones if he understands the definition of insanity? Perhaps someone in his inner circle should enlighten him and explain what the definition of insanity really is.

    Some people say that Mr. Jerry Jones is a very astute and an excellent business man. I say he isn’t, because if he was he would recognize that he isn’t this great General Manager he believes himself to be and would have fired or replaced himself with a capable and proven General Manager years ago.

    Now don’t get me wrong I like Mr. Jerry Jones and understand why he wants to be hands on. After all, aside from his family, his team is perhaps his most prized possession. But like with any prized possession it should be placed in a safe place where only the most trusted of people can observe and praise it from afar.

    Mr. Jerry Jones with all due respect, I ask that you re-evaluate your General Manager-ship and use your head and not your heart to make the difficult decision of replacing yourself. You have 3 Lombardi trophies added to the mystique that is the Dallas Cowboys wouldn’t you want several more?

    Yours truly,   

    • SmartThinking

      You’re missing the point, Tracker. Jerry Jones believes in the Golden Rule. “He who has the gold makes the rules.” We, as fans, pay to watch the Cowboys play. To Jones, the team, the stadium, the franchise and everything that goes with it are simply a means to an end. And that end is about having the most toys. Everything is about Jones’s ego. His view is simple: he’ll never earn it but he can buy respectability and praise to stroke that monumental ego just as long as guys like you and me think we’re paying to watch a football game.