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.
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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