Broncos edge Cowboys in thriller
by ELWYN HENDERSON
Oct 08, 2013 | 663 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 2-2 Dallas Cowboys went into last Sunday’s game at AT & T Stadium against Peyton Manning and the 4-0 Denver Broncos knowing it would take their best game of the season to even stay in the game. They obviously prepared well and did their homework. For almost 58 minutes it looked like they might well pull off the upset of the season.

Tony Romo had not only the best day of his career as the starting quarterback of the Cowboys, he broke the team single game passing game record that was set way back in 1963 when Mt. Vernon’s own “Dandy” Don Meredith threw for 468 yards.

Despite how good Romo was, the last two minutes of the game proved disastrous; as he threw an interception that allowed Manning to set his team up for a field goal on the last play of the game that gave Denver a 51-48 win. The win keeps Denver perfect, while the loss drops Dallas to 2-3. If there is any positive to be found, the Cowboys are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East lead. That isn’t saying a lot, as the NFC East is one of the weakest divisions in the NFL this year.

Unfortunately, Romo just keeps digging himself into a deeper hole, and he appears to be headed toward an almost certain legacy of putting up great stats, but not getting wins to match. Meredith showed creativity years ago with a saying that could be Romo’s mantra: “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas!”

There is no doubt this loss leaves the team in a downward spiral that will be hard to come back from. They face their division foe the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III this Sunday night at AT & T Stadium, and desperately need to find a way to win if they have ANY hope of salvaging their season. A win would get them back to .500, while a loss would drop them to 2-4.

It was a frustrated Coach Jason Garrett who faced the media after the draining loss.

“Tough game; it was a great game to be a part of. It was a hell of a game. It was just one of those games where every possession was so critical. Early on we throw a slant to Dez (Bryant) and the ball gets knocked out and they get a real good opportunity to go down and score points and they go ahead in the ball game. We come back (and) (Morris) Claiborne makes a great interception and gives us a chance to kind of go back and win serve there, and then it went back and forth, and obviously in a game like that, you have to keep pace. I thought Tony (Romo) was brilliant today, and he played as good a football game as I’ve ever seen him play. Unfortunately it didn’t end the right way. They did a good job of making a play at the end of the ball game,



and that (Romo’s interception) was the critical play of the game and allowed them to ice the game at the end. We didn’t do what was necessary to win the game. That’s (Denver) a damn good football team. I thought we played well in a lot of different areas (but we have) a lot of things to clean up, but I do think we demonstrated the mental toughness that great teams have, and we have to build on that.”

Romo was asked about his critical error when he faced the media after the disappointing loss. “We kind of have a play we have some seam routes going through the middle of the field, and we had seen things on tape where we felt like we could get one today and on tape in previous games with them. They did a good job and made a good play. I didn’t get as much on it (the pass) as I wanted to with the people around me. I wanted to put it another foot or two out in front, but I didn’t put it exactly where I needed to. It’s frustrating and disappointing.”

Hopefully, Romo and the ‘Boys can find a way to put the loss behind them and get back on the winning track Sunday night and avoid suffering three straight defeats. It won’t be easy. RG III appears to be heading back to normal after his off-season knee surgery and rehab, and he would like nothing more than to pull off a victory in Arlington against the Cowboys.
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