There are no ifs, ands, or buts on this one: Matt Flynn out-dueled Tony Romo. Tony Romo threw the game-losing interception in the fourth quarter in December, giving the Green Bay Packers a 37-36 victory. Tony Romo is now the only quarterback to have won at Lambeau Field, but the first since rookie Troy Aikman to have lost at home to the Packers. Tony Romo continues to be America’s Whipping Boy, and after today, for good reason.
On the Cowboys’ 11th drive, leading 36-31 with 2:58 left in the game, Clay Matthews rushed Romo, who he quickly sidestepped. After gathering himself, Romo threw a pick to Sam Shields, intended for Miles Austin, right at the Cowboys star at midfield. The Packers mounted an eight-play drive to score the go-ahead touchdown. A failed two-point conversion made it 37-36, the game’s final score.
On the ensuing drive, rather than mounting a comeback, Romo went to Beasley for 9 yards on a quick out. Then, on 2nd and 1, Romo went back to Beasley for another quick out, but was intercepted by Tramon Williams. Ruled an incomplete pass on the field, the replay assistant buzzed down to Walt Coleman to review the play. He concluded it was Romo’s second fourth quarter interception in the last three minutes in a December game. Game over.
After trading field goals with Green Bay, Dallas jumped out to a 13-3 lead to close out the first quarter. Then, in the second, they kept extended it with two more Dan Bailey field goals and a DeMarco Murray touchdown run to make it 26-3 going into halftime.
Packers wide receiver scored a 13 yard touchdown pass from Matt Flynn to make it 26-10 on the Packers’ first second half possession. Dallas responded with a field goal, while Green Bay scored again with a 3 yard touchdown catch by Andrew Quarless to make it 29-17 heading into the fourth quarter.
Packers runningback James Starks scored an 11 yard screen pass to make it 29-24 Cowboys, and hope seemed to arrive when Dez Bryant scored a 5 yard touchdown catch with 8:04 left. It was 36-24 Cowboys. However, Matt Flynn drove 80 yards in 10 plays, taking only 3:38 off the clock to narrow the gap to 36-31 Cowboys.
A Christmas gift from Tony Romo to his boyhood team set up the go-ahead touchdown from Eddie Lacy to make it 37-36 Packers after the failed two-point try. Another Romo pick sealed the deal.
Dallas led 26-3 at halftime. The largest comeback in Green Bay Packers’ history came in 1982 against the Los Angeles Rams. The largest halftime lead that the Dallas Cowboys ever been blown was witnessed today in AT&T Stadium.
For Dallas, they are still mathematically alive to win the division and make the playoffs, and not in the way our readers are mathematically able to date Megan Fox either. Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles losing in Minnesota today, the Eagles are now 8-6 with the Cowboys at 7-7. If the Cowboys win their early game showdown in Washington, regardless of the Eagles game’s outcome on Sunday night, they will still have a chance to win the division in Week 17 at AT&T Stadium, where they hold a 5-2 mark.
It is looking like Krampus will be visiting all of Cowboys Nation this Christmas.