Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass against the New York Giants in the first half during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo is Medicine For Mediocrity

Tony Romo is it. He is all this team has. The one that makes all the difference. He is that player.

The MVP.

Tony Romo is medicine. For the organization. For all the mistakes, all the poor hires, and all the poor draft picks. He is the cure for Jerry Jones (think: 55 million dollar pill).

It was the quarterback who bailed the defense out after giving up (surprise) 15 points in the second half to allow the Giants back in. It was Tony Romo, who, third down, after third down, after third down, converted from seven, five, and 10 yards out.

It was Tony Romo fighting the cold. The wind. The noise. But he did it again. Since the start of the 2011 season, no quarterback has more 4th quarter comebacks.

The word “again” fits.

The 24-21 win at MetLife Stadium was Tony’s 11th 4th quarter comeback win since 2011, and 21st of his career (ties Troy Aikman).

And yet, now, Tony Romo is getting the warm and fuzzy? Hello media! I’ve got a real problem with that. Look, I’m happy to be the first to say: Tony, oh no, you shouldn’t have done this and that. Or, you did that to us? Again?

But I also recognize what Tony Romo means to this team. He means everything. Without him, we are an Emmitt Smith with no line. A gun without bullets.

The team will go no place without this quarterback. Jerry knew it. And apparently so does Fox.

On the last drive Fox displayed Tony’s rating of 102.9 in the 4th quarter, which is highest of all-time. Announcer Joe Buck massaged and kissed Tony so much before the drive ended one must believe golden boy Troy Aikman was red with jealousy.

The only thing Romo got wrong in the end was the score type. In the huddle, Tony told the guys they would score six. The six turned out to be a field goal. I guess Tony choked on that one.

Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) directs the huddle with offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) and guard Ronald Leary (65) during the second quarter of a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

11 Games Into 2013, The Quarterback is Heating Up As Play Continues:

  1. 86.3 Rating in 1st Quarter
  2. 91.0 Rating in 2nd Quarter
  3. 102.5 Rating in 3rd Quarter
  4. 107.1 Rating in 4th Quarter
  5. 109.8 Rating in 4th Quarter within 7 points

This was a very good win. A needed win. Perhaps a defining win. It of course, does not suggest a deep playoff run. Nor a sixth Super Bowl title.

The win does illuminate Tony in the other light. The right light. The win showed a leader fighting through harsh, cold conditions while the rest of his teammates settled on the visitor’s side hoping for the best. It showed his ability to cure the cancer around the offense after the New Orleans blow out. It showed how much the team believes in Tony, in his 4th quarter abilities.

The win against New York — essentially sending them home early for the Holidays — showed how clutch Tony Romo is, and has been for a long time. The word is out.

Maybe most of all, the win feeds the narrative that without number nine, there is no narrative. Without Tony, this team north to south is a field of cancer hoping at the very least, to be mediocre.

Tony Romo is medicine. You don’t have to like the way it tastes, but eventually, everybody swallows medicine.

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