QB Tony Romo - Free Agent
|6-2, 219||Born: 4-21-1980||College: Eastern Illinois||Drafted: ---|
2016 Week 17 vs PHI (3 / 4 / 29 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo got his first action of the 2016 regular season in Week 17 against Philadelphia. Dak Prescott was out by the early second quarter and Romo was done by the mid-second quarter. The best news for Dallas was Romo was well-protected and emerged without injury. Romo was sharp, firing a strike to Terrance Williams on a deep in-cut to convert third-and-long. Romo's other notable throw came on a beautiful pump-and-go sideline route to Williams for a short-range touchdown. Romo gave way to Mark Sanchez for the remainder of the game.
2015 Week 1 vs NYG (36 / 45 / 356 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo was well protected throughout the season-opening tilt against the Giants. The Dallas offensive line stoned the depleted New York defensive line, at times allowing Romo five or more seconds to survey the field for secondary options. Romo was in game-manager mode, rarely venturing downfield with pass attempts. Instead, Romo stays ahead of the sticks and was on-target on underneath routes. The opening drive of the game, a 10-minute jaunt down to the Giants goal line, stalled as Romo uncharacteristically airmailed Dez Bryant on the third down jump ball. Despite Tony Romo's efforts to control the game and the clock, two Terrance Williams' drops plus a Cole Beasley fumble derailed Dallas' plans en route to a first half deficit. Romo's interception came on a tipped pass off Jason Witten's hands. Through all the errors, empty yards, and squandered drives, Romo had the ball with 89 seconds remaining down by six points. With no timeouts and Dez Bryant out of the lineup with a foot injury, Romo led the offense straight down the field, culminating in a stick touchdown throw to Jason Witten at the goal line for the ultimate game-winning touchdown. The short-range approach to the passing game is likely to continue with Dez Bryant out of the lineup.
2015 Week 2 vs PHI (18 / 27 / 195 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
The Cowboys offense moved the ball well with Tony Romo under center against Philadelphia. The offensive line protected Romo well early in the game. Penalties and stalling for field goals kept the game within reach as Dallas dominated with 23 minutes of time of possession in the first half. Romo moved the offense straight down the field on two occasions as Romo was accurate from the pocket. His highlight throw came on a deep sideline route to Lance Dunbar, perfectly thrown over the running back's outside shoulder. In the mid-third quarter, the Eagles' pocket pressure on Romo reached its climax, forcing a fumble and Romo sustaining a fractured left clavicle on the play. Early reports are Romo will miss a majority of the regular season as a result, a similar timeline to Dez Bryant returning from his foot surgery.
2015 Week 11 vs MIA (18 / 28 / 227 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
The rust was present for Tony Romo in his first start since returning from injury. In Miami, Romo had to deal with heavy rain to open the game, shifting to bright sunshine later in the first half. Romo missed more routine throws than executed tight window completions, but boosted a previously anemic passing game headed by Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel. Romo squandered an easy red zone trip, sustaining pocket pressure resulting in a floating interception over the middle. The same sequence of events occurred when targeting Robert Turbin under duress later in the game - another loss of at least a field goal attempt. Romo's highlight plays were enough against the struggling Miami offense. Romo spun away from pressure, finding Devin Street on a deep out route. Later, Romo finished a touchdown drive with accurate throws to Terrance Williams on an in-cut plus a deep sideline route for a 14-0 lead before halftime. With a much stiffer test against Carolina next week, Romo will need to round into form quickly for Dallas to remain in the divisional playoff race.
2015 Week 12 vs CAR (11 / 21 / 106 / 0 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo's poor performance against Carolina's stout defense was cut short by his season-ending injury late in the third quarter. On a three-man rush, Romo was driven to the turf and broke his collarbone. At the time of injury, the game was essentially over as Dallas trailed 30-6. Romo was off-target frequently, overthrowing Dez Bryant on a deep route, and throwing three interceptions in the first half. Two of Romo's interceptions were returned for a touchdown, including on the Cowboys' opening drive of the game. In what was a lost season, Romo ended with more interceptions than touchdowns and multiple turnovers in three of his four games played. Romo will enter next season at 36 years old with a checkered injury history.
2014 Week 1 vs SF (23 / 37 / 281 / 1 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo's timing and accuracy were off all game against the 49ers. The rust was apparent as the first half drives for Dallas included four turnovers (three interceptions) and stalling in the red zone for a non-descript field goal. The Dallas defense was gashed, as expected, and Romo and the passing game could not keep up. With a huge deficit 10 minutes into the game (down 21-3), the San Francisco pass rush began to pressure Romo consistently and coverage down the field was tight. Romo flat out missed an open Dwayne Harris on a red zone slant route, and then proceeded to float a pass up for grabs in the direction of Jason Witten, which was intercepted. Boos rained down from the Dallas crowd as Romo missed a wide open Devin Street on a deep post route late in the third quarter with the game nearly out of reach. A hail mary-like long gain to Dwayne Harris to convert third-and-long was one of the few highlight plays for the Dallas offense in the second half. Overall, the passing game was clearly out of sync and Dez Bryant being in and out of the lineup in the second half with dehydration did not help matters.
2014 Week 2 vs TEN (19 / 29 / 176 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In a game that the Cowboys defense and DeMarco Murray dominated, not much was required of Tony Romo. The passing game was in ball-control as Dallas led the entire contest. The Titans defensive line was effective rushing Romo in the pocket, however, as two early sacks halted drives. In the third, a few throw got away from Romo and could have tilted things back to a competitive game, but Tennessee failed to corral a floated target in the flat to Jason Witten. Romo did not fumble amidst the pocket pressure or consistent sacks. Dez Bryant missed part of the game with a shoulder injury, but returns to see a bevy of targets from Romo in the second half, including the two connecting on a goal line back-shoulder throw. The Cowboys ran the ball on nearly 60% of their snaps this week, milking a late lead and running effectively throughout.
2014 Week 3 vs STL (18 / 23 / 217 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
Despite guiding the largest comeback effort in franchise history during regulation, it was a muted performance by Tony Romo through the air. Romo capped off the sluggish start and three-touchdown deficit by staring down Dez Bryant on a comeback route, which turned into an interception returned for a score. From the mid-second quarter on, however, Romo settled down and turned efficient. In the pocket, Romo eluded pressure with spin moves and stepping up, something not common as Romo ramped up to game speed the first two weeks of the season. Romo's movement was highlighted by eluding a defender in the pocket and in the open field on his way to converting a third-and-long scramble early in the fourth quarter. Through the air, Tony Romo primarily threw to the wide open receivers available to him, supplementing the strong ground game of DeMarco Murray. The big play through the air this week, finding Dez Bryant wide open down the field after a double-move, had a large margin for error and accounted for nearly one-third of his game total.
2014 Week 4 vs NO (22 / 29 / 262 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 20 / 0 rush)
Romo was at his best in the primetime matchup against the Saints this week. He was rarely pressured in the pocket and his accuracy was spot-on when allowed to survey the field. The multiple blitz packages by the Saints were blocked well by the Dallas offensive line and Romo added an improvisational play in the pocket or two when initial pressure moved him off his anchor point. Romo also logged a career-long 21-yard rush in the game as the defense parted in the middle of the field like the Red Sea. DeMarco Murray was a centerpiece in the second quarter as Dallas built a 24-point halftime lead, but Tony Romo was hyper-efficient through the air on short and intermediate throws. The offense turned understandably conservative in the final quarter with a huge lead. Two straight third-and-outs without taxing the Saints secondary opened the door for New Orleans to make it competitive. When the game came into doubt at 31-17, Romo led a final scoring drive to put it away with three minutes to play, capped with a back shoulder touchdown to Dez Bryant.
2014 Week 5 vs HOU (28 / 41 / 324 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo was bold downfield and efficient when needed in the victory against Houston. DeMarco Murray remained the focus of the offense, but more was needed from Romo and the passing game to pull out the overtime win. Romo, in general, managed pressure well against J.J. Watt and company. Romo's patented spin move away from a backside rusher worked to perfection in the third quarter. J.J. Watt got the edge off the snap and had Romo lined up for a drive-killing sack. Romo spun away and ultimately found Terrance Williams downfield for the long touchdown to take a 10-7 lead. Romo was on-point to Jason Witten down the seam and Dez Bryant on a back-shoulder touchdown with other critical throws. Romo's lone lapse of judgment came against interior pressure in the red zone. Romo floated a pass in the direction of Dez Bryant running a post route without seeing a roaming safety staring Romo down all the way. Dallas ended up driving the field on the following drive for the same 17-7 lead, but it was a critical error at the time. Jason Witten has been more in the mix the last two weeks and Romo's back and mobility improves by the game. With a run foundation and an underrated defense, Romo's good decision-making has been paramount to the team's strong start.
2014 Week 6 vs SEA (21 / 32 / 250 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo played yet another rock-solid game, this time beating the Super Bowl champions in Seattle. On third downs and against pressure looks, Romo was outstanding having an answer on nearly every occasion. In the first half, Romo's check down options beat Seattle on third-and-long situations. In the second half, however, Romo pushed the ball down the field in a close game in key moments. In the second quarter, down 10-0 after an early punt block, Romo and the offense controlled the ball for all but five plays, flipping the momentum with a 17-10 lead at the break. Romo avoided disaster on a goal line back-shoulder throw that nearly resulted in an interception return for a touchdown. On the very next play, Romo found Gavin Escobar alone in the back of the end zone to get on the board. Huge throws to Terrance Williams down the sideline and then again on third-and-20 with five minutes to play, highlighted a comeback effort to take Dallas' final lead of the game. Romo is playing some of the best football of his career over the past month, culminating with a hallmark win on the road in the toughest environment in the NFL.
2014 Week 7 vs NYG (17 / 23 / 279 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Romo was on his game in the divisional showdown against the Giants. His movement in the pocket, creating time and plays down the field continues to improve with each passing week. Early in the game it was Romo and long-time safety blanket Jason Witten converting long-yardage third down situations. Romo's mobility created a third down scramble conversion, taking a double-sided hit in the process. On the team's first touchdown drive of the game, Romo found a matchup he liked, Gavin Escobar in the slot, for two receptions including a third-and-long touchdown in the red zone. Romo's ability to beat the Giants pass rush when there was rare pressure was paramount to the offense's efficiency throughout the game. Even Romo's interception was a random oscillation rather than a poor decision. Dez Bryant had single coverage deep down the sideline, only to stumble, giving the defensive back free access to secure the interception. In a tie game in the second half, Romo was at his best. He read pressure or three-man rush situations to dictate his time in the pocket and carving up the Giants defense on a touchdown drive. Again, it was Gavin Escobar as a matchup advantage from the slot as Romo smoothly ran a play-action fake. Late in the game, Romo was spot on to Dez Bryant in key situations to convert first downs, run the clock, and ultimately finish out the victory. Since Week 1, Tony Romo has 13 touchdowns to three interceptions with at least a 65% completion rate in every game. He got off to a similar hot start in 2013 (>69% completion rate in first five games with 13 touchdowns to two interceptions).
2014 Week 8 vs WAS (17 / 28 / 209 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
When Romo had time in the pocket against Washington, he was on-point and efficient. However, it key moments the Washington pressure schemes regularly forced pressure and got home for sacks. On three separate first half drives, Dallas' possession was stalled by a third down sack. Two first half fumbles also contributed to a close game that looked like a blowout without the Dallas miscues. A tipped pass at the line of scrimmage looked like an easy interception without Romo getting into the fray to knock the ball down early in the third quarter. Another all-out blitz in the third quarter resulted in an awkward hit to Romo, leaving him on the turf for an extended period of time. Romo was out until the final drive of regulation, being examined in the locker room. Brandon Weeden held the fort in Romo's absence, setting the scene for a potential game-winning drive. Romo fumbled against a blitz, but Dallas somehow recovered to save the game. Romo squeezed the ball into a tight window to Terrance Williams to convert third-and-long as well. After the end-of-regulation drive stalled, Romo had a final chance, down by three, in overtime. A fourth down pass to Dez Bryant was tipped away on an out route. Romo's movement skills were clearly limited on the two drives post-injury. In what looked like a comfortable win early, turnovers and Romo's degrading play as the game progressed, turned into a tough home divisional loss.
2014 Week 10 vs JAX (20 / 27 / 246 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo made the trip to London and emerged from the blowout win without any setbacks to his injured back. Outside of two body shots by the Jacksonville pass rush, Romo operated from a clean pocket and threw on-time and with accuracy; it was the perfect game script for Romo against an overmatched opponent. Romo racked up 225 yards and three touchdowns at the half and Dallas did not take their foot off the pedal until well into the fourth quarter. Two plays prevented an even bigger day for Romo. One came on a jump ball by Devin Street down the sideline that was called back by a questionable-at-best offensive pass interference penalty. A second as Romo underthrew Terrance Williams on an end zone pass that was a likely fourth touchdown. By the middle of the fourth quarter Romo was pulled for Brandon Weeden in the comfortable win. A well-timed bye week in Week 11 will give Romo a breather before four divisional games, plus the Bears and Colts, encompass Dallas' season-ending schedule.
2014 Week 12 vs NYG (18 / 26 / 275 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Despite the highly-efficient statistical line and comeback victory, Romo was more a product of Dallas' offense more than carrying the team on his back against the Giants this week. When receivers were open, Romo hit them and DeMarco Murray was the centerpiece, as usual, throughout the game. The Dallas offensive line kept Romo clean, especially on the game-winning drive, with plenty of time to survey the time. Of Romo's four touchdowns, one came on an 'every blue moon' shovel pass to Jason Witten at the goal line and two others were the catch-and-run variety from Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley. Romo has largely been a game manager this season and he has performed that role well, including in this game. Romo took few hits and was moving better than in previous weeks as he continues to improve from his back injury.
2014 Week 13 vs PHI (18 / 29 / 199 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Unlike Dallas' typical game-script this season, they fell behind early against Philadelphia on Thanksgiving and played catch-up the entire game. A 14-0 deficit by late in the first quarter turned Romo and the passing game into the focus, not DeMarco Murray and the running attack. Romo hit Dez Bryant on a deep sideline route to set the team up for an early score, closing the gap to 14-7, but a myriad of errors in the second quarter began the team's demise. Romo missed a wide open Jason Witten on third down in addition to confusion on a goal line third down play, leading to a sack and a field goal. Once down 30-10 in the mid-third quarter, the Eagles front seven caused chaos in the pocket for Romo. Off-target throws and sacks were a regular occurrence in the second half. Romo misfired on a deep comeback route to Terrance Williams that was promptly intercepted as well as airmailing Cole Beasley and Williams on sideline routes later in the game. On two garbage time drives, Romo had a three-and-out (with a questionable decision to punt) and an interception on a floating deep pass. It was a lost day for the typically-efficient Dallas offense, starting with Romo under the center.
2014 Week 14 vs CHI (21 / 26 / 205 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
After the Thanksgiving blowout loss to the Eagles, the Cowboys needed a rebound game and found it in Chicago. The projected shootout was scoreless until a Dallas touchdown drive in the middle of the second quarter. The offensive line of the Cowboys dominated the game and, as a result, Romo's role was as game manager outside of a situational throw or two. Romo dumped the ball off to DeMarco Murray eight times in the first half alone. In the closing minutes of the second quarter, Romo's play-making came alive with a clutch throw to Jason Witten over the middle to convert third-and-long, then again on third down in the red zone. After finding Cole Beasley for cap off the drive for a touchdown, Dallas had a 14-7 halftime lead. In the second half, Dallas built a four-score lead on the back of Murray and the run game, but also big plays from Romo. In vintage Romo style, he eluded the initial pass rusher, rolled out and found Cole Beasley in traffic for a long touchdown. Later in the second half, Romo was well-protected on a 44-yard heave to Dez Bryant and converting third-and-goal to a wide open Gavin Escobar to open a 28-7 lead. The rout was on at that point. Romo made throws when needed against the overmatched Bears defense as Dallas comfortably won on the road.
2014 Week 15 vs PHI (22 / 31 / 265 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo was sharp in Philadelphia, rebounding from his worst outing of the season two weeks against the Eagles in Dallas. Outside of the holiday dud, Romo has been red-hot of late with at least three touchdowns with no interceptions in four of his last five games. The offensive line was generally outstanding as Romo worked from a clean pocket. He was dialed into Jason Witten early in the game with three straight third down conversions to his steady tight end. Romo and Dez Bryant were the big-play makers this week. Bryant dominated single coverage and Romo was on-point with three touchdown passes to Bryant alone. While the box score looks outstanding for Romo and Dallas pulled away in the fourth quarter for the win, the game was not without mistakes from the Dallas quarterback. The first half could have gone far differently if Philadelphia had caught an interception, likely returned for a touchdown. Romo floated a late pass towards Dwayne Harris on an out route, which the defensive back read well, but dropped the potential game-changing play. In the second half, Romo underthrew Terrance Williams on a deep post, where Williams had yards of separation with a well-thrown ball. Romo also turned the ball over deep in Dallas territory with a fumble. Against a three-man rush, Romo took his time in the pocket, which ultimately ran out as he was hit and stripped from behind. The ball sat on the ground for a second or two, without a Dallas player recognizing it, before the Eagles recovered. Late in the game, Romo airmailed a pass to a wide open Dez Bryant on a slant route.
2014 Week 16 vs IND (18 / 20 / 218 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 28 / 0 rush)
In what was projected to be a glamorous showdown between the Cowboys and Andrew Luck, Romo had one of his most efficient games in his career and Dallas cruised to the blowout home win. Dallas' defense turned the Indianapolis offense into a punting and turnover machine when the game was within reach and Romo shredded the Colts secondary. In fact, Romo's first bad decision did not come until the early fourth quarter. A defensive back stepped in front of Cole Beasley on a casual slant route, but ultimately dropped the likely interception return for a touchdown. Romo left the game shortly after the near-interception for Brandon Weeden with a 35-0 lead. As Dallas built their lead, Romo and the passing game looked like they were operating a seven-on-seven practice session. Romo had multiple open receivers on a majority of pass plays and rarely faced a third down in the opening half. Romo collected three touchdown passes in the first 16 minutes of the game, including a wide open slant to Terrance Williams, and a jump ball to Dez Bryant. Romo missed another touchdown when Jason Witten was tackled at the one-yard-line on a third down red zone conversion in the third quarter. The pair rebounded for a seam touchdown later in the second half to cap off the outstanding performance by the Dallas passing game.
2014 Week 17 vs WAS (22 / 34 / 299 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Cowboys starters played nearly the entire game against Washington, Tony Romo being no exception. Brandon Weeden played the final series in the final two minutes after building a 37-17 lead. Romo was on-point early and well-protected by Dallas' stellar offensive line. The quick 20-7 lead could have been far different as Romo's lone poor decision - staring down Cole Beasley on a red zone third down - should have been an interception returned for a touchdown. That pass was dropped by the defensive back and a game-changing play reverted to a Dallas field goal. The Dallas offense, especially the passing game, struggled in the second half. Romo had a miscommunication with Beasley on third down, misfired on a Dez Bryant target, and threw up an ugly across-his-body interception with the game still in doubt early in the fourth quarter. Romo rebounded with a perfect throw between defenders to Terrance Williams deep down the sideline following a double move. Overall, Romo escaped this playoff warm-up without an injury, but up-and-down play in the second half was not the strong momentum Romo had hoped for to end the regular season.
2014 Week 18 vs DET (19 / 31 / 293 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
The Detroit pass rush had a great impact on Tony Romo and the Dallas passing game, especially in the first half. The Cowboys overcame a 14-0 first quarter deficit, despite the Lions' consistent pressure. As a result of the pressure, Romo took big hits and missed his targets regularly. Two off-target throws to Cole Beasley contributed to early punts. Later in the first half, Detroit instantly got pressure on Romo in the pocket, forcing a fumble, but the ball that lay on the turf for seemingly an eternity, was recovered by Dallas. A long catch-and-run to Terrance Williams salvaged an otherwise forgettable offensive first half for Tony Romo. After logging a red zone sack on third down and additional two sacks that led to a long field goal on another drive, the game was on the line for the Dallas offense. Romo had the ball with eight minutes remaining and down three points. Two critical throws highlighted the drive for Romo and the passing game. The first converted fourth down on an option route to Jason Witten, a combination with Tony Romo that has keyed scoring drives for nearly a decade. On the same drive with two minutes to play, Romo bought time in the pocket and ultimately found Terrance Williams in the back of the end zone for the ultimate game-winning touchdown on third down. With a Dallas defensive stop to end the game, Romo fueled Dallas' home playoff win, coming back from an early 14-point deficit.
2014 Week 19 vs GB (15 / 19 / 191 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
While the Cowboys late-season story ended the same in 2014, Tony Romo did not log a late-game interception to contribute to the loss. In Green Bay, Romo bested a less-than-100% Aaron Rodgers for most of the game. Romo worked off the expected run-heavy attack in the first half and logged accurate throws to Terrance Williams on a long catch-and-run touchdown and to Jason Witten to convert a crucial third-and-long. While Dallas had a 14-10 halftime edge, a clunky sequence on the final drive of the second quarter took at least three points off the board. Romo fumbled the third down snap, and then a false start penalty spurred a missed field goal. In the second half, Romo took a huge hit on a broken play, but found Jason Witten, through a Dez Bryant tip, for a long gain. Pressure mounted as Romo took back-to-back sacks to stall a later drive and took a sandwich-style collision from two defenders in the mid-fourth quarter. That hit was unnecessary as Romo had ample opportunity to throw the ball away outside the pocket. With the game on the line, it was Tony Romo and not DeMarco Murray with the ball in his hands as Dallas faced a fourth-and-two inside Packers territory. Romo made an accurate throw to Dez Bryant down the sidelines, which Bryant hauled in at its highest point. Bryant lost the ball stretching for the end zone. After being ruled a catch on the field, it was reversed upon replay essentially ending the game and Dallas' season.
2013 Week 1 vs NYG (36 / 49 / 263 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
In a game where the Cowboys racked up 36 points and got the win against their division rival New York Giants, surprisingly Romo and the offense was mostly held in check. The offense squandered early turnovers by the Giants, converting three of them in the first quarter alone into just three total points. The Giants took away any deep opportunities in the passing game and double-teamed Dez Bryant throughout the game, turning Romo into a game manager close to the line of scrimmage. Miles Austin and Jason Witten were the main benefactors as Romo was in-sync with them over the middle and on out routes. The offensive line held up well as Romo did not need to extend plays or scramble behind the line of scrimmage, one of his trademark skills in recent seasons. One of his few mistakes, a red zone interception early in the game, was a clear miscommunication between Romo and rookie receiver Terrance Williams. The play appeared to be a receiver screen with blockers out in front as Williams did not locate the incoming pass. The Giants nearly returned the interception for a touchdown on the pass, one of Dallas' missed opportunities early on. Right before the half, Romo took a pair of big hits, leaving him down on the field and pulled for Kyle Orton for a single snap. As the third quarter started, Romo was back under center. Late in the game, Romo left the door open for a potential Giants comeback as he took back-to-back sacks to stall a drive. That gave Eli Manning the ball with six minutes left and down by six points. While the big plays were not there this week, Romo was efficient and led a touchdown drive in the second half when the Cowboys needed it to secure the victory.
2013 Week 2 vs KC (30 / 42 / 298 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo started out hot against Kansas City as Dallas got out to the early lead, mostly a result of a stellar first quarter between himself and Dez Bryant. The chemistry the duo was building last season that eluded them against the Giants in Week 1 was back in full effect. Romo was bold and confident, throwing back-shoulder and over-the-top to Bryant with Brandon Flowers in single coverage most of the day. Outside of the dominant day with Bryant, Romo and the offense struggled. Timely pressure from the Kansas City rushers led to a handful of three-and-outs and promising drives turned into field goals. While Romo completed a high percentage of his passes, the missed opportunities were glaring when the game was on the line. In the second half, Dallas stalled in the red zone when Romo did not target Bryant in single coverage on two occasions, prompting Bryant to confront Romo on the sidelines following the field goal. Romo and seldom-used Lance Dunbar contributed fumbles in the final 30 minutes as well. With Dallas down by four in the closing minutes, Romo was off-target three straight times to Jason Witten, his usual safety blanket, forcing a field goal. The defense could not hold Kansas City as Dallas got the ball back one final time with just seconds remaining at their own goal line.
2013 Week 3 vs STL (17 / 24 / 210 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In a game against St.Louis that the Cowboys controlled from the outset, Romo and the high-flying passing attack was not needed for the most part. Romo led three straight scoring drives to open the game, building a 17-0 lead that put the offense on cruise control. DeMarco Murray was the centerpiece of the offense, but Romo was sharp with his limited opportunities, just 24 attempts. Romo found Dez Bryant early in the first quarter on a goal line fade route that is unstoppable outside of a poor throw by Romo at this point in their careers. During the first half two-minute drill, Romo eluded interior pressure with a spin move to keep the offense moving along. In the second half, Romo iced the game with two beautiful touchdown throws down the seam, finding Gavin Escobar and Dwayne Harris. It is not often that Dallas accumulates more rushing than pass attempts like this one. The Rams had difficulty stopping the run all game, making Romo's day an easy one as they got the home victory.
2013 Week 4 vs SD (27 / 37 / 244 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
It was a slow start for Romo in San Diego as he missed his first four passes and was consistently pressured in the pocket en route to three straight punts. He rebounded with a perfect touchdown drive, going six-for-six through the air, including a fade route to Dez Bryant to cap off the drive. Dwight Freeney, one of key pass rushers on the Chargers, was injured late in the second quarter. Romo had far more time in the pocket with Freeney out of the lineup for the rest of the game. In the second half Romo and the offense struggled to sustain drives. Between tight coverage and ill-timed drops, Dallas found themselves down 30-21 with seven minutes to play. Romo led a tremendous drive down the field, including a red zone scramble by Romo himself, only to have the drive come up empty. Terrance Williams fumbled at the goal line, which effectively ended Dallas' chances for a late comeback. With Miles Austin out of the lineup and Dez Bryant contained outside of a couple receptions, it was an efficient but lackluster game for Romo. The Cowboys defense could not stop Philip Rivers, especially in the second half, as Dallas struggled to keep up.
2013 Week 5 vs DEN (25 / 36 / 506 / 5 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
In a game that escalated quickly into a shootout, Romo matched Peyton Manning point for point until the final minute. Romo matched a career-high with five touchdown passes and eclipsed his previous high of 436 yards by 70 when it was all said and done. He was hot from the outset as the Cowboys scored 17 points, with Romo throwing for 167 yards, on their first three drives alone. Romo dazzled with his pocket movement and accuracy for much of the game. When it was not Jason Witten and Cole Beasley moving the chains on short-range targets, it was Romo finding Terrance Williams and Dez Bryant deep down the field. In the second half with the Cowboys down by two scores, Romo was at his best in the comeback effort. Deep in Cowboy territory, Romo found Dez Bryant on a huge gain on third down and finished off the drive with a touchdown to Beasley. With the game tied in the final three minutes, Romo took an ill-timed sack and followed it with a game-changing interception that ultimately ended Dallas' chances for the victory. While the late interception will be remembered, this game was one of Romo's finest efforts for the first 57 minutes.
2013 Week 6 vs WAS (18 / 30 / 170 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo had his most non-descript game of the season as the Cowboys controlled things with their defense and special teams play. DeMarco Murray was the centerpiece of the Cowboys offense early in the game as they drove straight down the field for a touchdown to open the game. Romo was the game manager as he threw the ball short and kept the chains moving. His interception, a tipped pass by Miles Austin, stalled Dallas' second drive which ended near field goal range. Romo struggled at times until the third quarter, which kept Washington in the game despite their own offensive struggles. As Dallas pulled away for the comfortable win, Romo made one of his patented plays that changed the game. He escaped initial pressure from the defensive line then threw a perfect pass into the corner of the end zone to Terrance Williams. It was a play of pinpoint accuracy despite pressure in Romo's face. That play put Dallas up by two touchdowns, a lead they never gave up in the second half. Dallas used the run game in the fourth quarter to milk the clock. It was a week where Romo's gaudy production like last week against Denver was not needed.
2013 Week 7 vs PHI (28 / 47 / 317 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)
In what was expected to be a high-scoring affair against the Eagles, it was a very slow start for the Cowboys offense. The Romo-led offense had five straight punts to open the game, stretching into the middle of the second quarter before stringing together successful plays. Romo took untimely sacks during that stretch and did not look comfortable in the pocket when time allowed for a pass attempt. Joseph Randle was not much help on the ground other than keeping the defense somewhat honest, adding to the Dallas struggles. Romo and the offense finally got on the board in the late second quarter with a field goal an Romo was intercepted on a hail mary attempt, which Dez Bryant had a chance to convert, on the final play of the first half. As Philadelphia produced next-to-nothing on offense the entire game, Romo put the game away with two touchdown drives in the second half. There was a concerted effort to get Bryant the ball, including two goal line targets, neither of which was converted into a score by the pair. Romo misfired on a deep pass down the sidelines to Bryant, which made it a near-impossible reception when Bryant had room to make a play. Accuracy still eludes Romo, including an interception on a target to Philip Tanner over the middle, but strong throws to Jason Witten and a touchdown to Terrance Williams iced the game late. Not one of Romo's best efforts this week, but outside of a plethora of turnovers Dallas was bound to get the win against the Eagles.
2013 Week 8 vs DET (14 / 30 / 206 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
The theme of the game for Romo against Detroit was pressure. Romo was consistently moved from the pocket by the Lions front seven, especially after Brian Waters, Dallas' starting guard, left the game in the mid-second quarter. The Cowboys offense started the game with four successive punts and just 57 total yards on those drives. Terrance Williams was open on two early deep routes, but pressure did not allow Romo to make a balanced and accurate throw. As the defensive affair turning into a legitimate shootout in the final quarter, Romo's accuracy improved, hitting Williams for a long catch-and-run touchdown on a slant route as well as finding Dez Bryant between defensive backs en route to another long score. On a crucial third down with three minutes to play and a three-point lead, Romo was once-again pressured into an incompletion. Outside of the few occasions Romo had time to find receivers downfield for big plays, it was a non-descript day for the Dallas offense. They were aided by four Detroit turnovers, but still could not put the Lions away with a timely first down or two late in the game as drives too often stalled in field goal range.
2013 Week 9 vs MIN (34 / 51 / 337 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Romo and the Dallas offense had a juicy matchup with the struggling Minnesota defense this week. It turned into a late-second victory as Romo led a touchdown drive with under a minute to play. The game script was very pass-heavy, despite trailing for only a small portion of the game and DeMarco Murray returning to the lineup. Dallas was passing at a 75% clip in the first half despite a tight low-scoring affair on the scoreboard. In the second half, the Cowboys leaned even more on the passing game. Minnesota's secondary was depleted coming into the game in addition to losing starting defensive back Xavier Rhodes along the way. Romo saw a fair amount of pressure in the pocket, which he managed with efficient movement and a short passing game. The Cowboys abandoned the run shortly after the first drive as Romo targeted Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, and Cole Beasley often on underneath routes. Romo's occasional inaccuracy left some production on the field. Romo threw behind Dez Bryant twice and overthrew an end zone pass towards him as well. A late-game interception nearly lost the game for Dallas as Romo floated a pass to Terrance Williams on a tightly-covered out route. As Minnesota failed to score on that possession, it set up Dallas 90 yards away from a game-winning touchdown. Romo came through when it mattered most, marching down the field in the final three minutes. Romo found Bryant on their largest gain of the day in addition to the touchdown to Dwayne Harris on a slant route in the red zone.
2013 Week 10 vs NO (10 / 24 / 128 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Cowboys offense had little success in New Orleans in the blowout loss with the passing game and Tony Romo at the forefront of those struggles. The Dallas defense offered little resistance, putting the offense into catch-up mode early, but Romo could not establish much of a rhythm in the pocket. The theme for Dallas was going three-and-out four times in the first half, running just 20 offensive plays in that span. Romo was pressured to move from the pocket often and his feet rarely were set when delivering off-target passes. Finally in the third quarter Romo led a scoring drive with two solid throws. For the only time in the game Romo found Dez Bryant between two defenders for a long gain and then finished off the drive with a high-arcing touchdown pass down the sidelines to Terrance Williams. The Saints blanketed Dez Bryant with double coverage on nearly every snap and Romo struggled to remain efficient with Jason Witten and Cole Beasley gaining less separation than usual. This road game at New Orleans marked the toughest test for the passing game this season to-date. Romo has a bye week to regroup and a closing slate of games that features six straight opponents in the bottom half of the league in pass defense.
2013 Week 12 vs NYG (23 / 38 / 234 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
Romo was solid, especially late in the game, as the Cowboys won a tough divisional game on the road in the elements against the Giants. The wind was definitely a factor as a pass rare traveled more than five yards from the line of scrimmage without wobbling or changing course in the air. The Dallas defense rebounded from being shredded two weeks ago to keep the Cowboys in the game as the offense mustered just seven points in the first half. Romo was in ball-control mode for most of the game, including the lone offensive scoring drive in the first half. Romo used the screen game and finished it off with a perfect touchdown throw to Jason Witten between defenders in the red zone. A bobbled well-thrown pass to Dez Bryant accounted for Romo's interception on another potential scoring drive in the opening 30 minutes. After struggling on third down in the first half (failing on all four attempts), Romo and the receivers got hot in the second half. On the opening drive, Romo drove straight down the field and found Witten for another touchdown. With plenty of time in the pocket, Romo hit Witten as he sat down in an open area between defenders in the end zone. After surging to a 21-6 lead early in the third quarter, the offense bogged down outside of a near circus catch by Dez Bryant as Romo rebounded from a wild snap over his head. With five minutes to play and Dallas suddenly in a tie game, Romo was in the spotlight was a chance to win the game. Romo was at his best when it counted the most, converting three straight third downs on the game-winning drive. Romo and Dez Bryant were in-sync for two of those completions and Cole Beasley converted the pass that ultimately set up the field goal. While the big plays down the field were not in the game plan this week, Romo was efficient when it mattered most for the crucial divisional win.
2013 Week 13 vs OAK (23 / 32 / 225 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It was a slow start for Romo against the Raiders. Tipped passes at the line of scrimmage, sacks, and tight coverage across the field led to punts in the first quarter and trailing from the outset. Romo found Jason Witten with a perfect pass down the seam for a big gain that got things moving in the second quarter. Despite a relatively ugly 11-for-20, 124-yard stat line at the half, Romo brought Dallas back to just a seven-point deficit. In the second half, Romo found his rhythm by eluding pressure when necessary and converting key third downs. Romo finished off a touchdown drive with a back-shoulder throw to Dez Bryant for the goal line score. Like against the Giants a week ago, Romo was at his best late in the game. Romo reeled off 12 straight completions to end the game, including an impressive long drive to milk the clock. While not the strongest game statistically for Romo, it was another impressive performance in the second half for the win.
2013 Week 14 vs CHI (11 / 20 / 104 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo and the Dallas offense got off to a hot start in the frigid Chicago conditions with two touchdowns on their first three possessions. Romo took advantage of solid pass protection, showing pinpoint accuracy on third down conversions to Cole Beasley and DeMarco Murray. Romo and Dez Bryant were on the same page with a goal line back shoulder fade for an early touchdown as well. The run game was working well, which kept Romo's passing volume low in the first half. When Dallas had their two-minute offense on the field to close the first half, they struggled. Romo overthrew Murray, sandwiched in between two drops by receivers to kill the drive. The third quarter turned into a disaster for the Cowboys as the defense could not stop Chicago all night and Dallas' offense stumbled. Romo overthrew Bryant and the defensive pressure took away Romo's previous comfort in the pocket. Romo's lone highlight in the second half came on a broken play in the red zone. A floated pass to the back of the end zone found Cole Beasley for an inconsequential score late in the game. Ultimately, Romo was pulled for backup Kyle Orton in the final minutes with the game already decided. Outside of the strong start, fueled by the run game, Dallas struggled on both sides of the ball. Despite the three touchdowns, Romo averaged less than six yards per pass attempt for the second time in the last four games.
2013 Week 15 vs GB (29 / 48 / 358 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo was sharp early against the Packers, operating from a clean pocket and delivering accurate passes with regularity. Despite moving the ball at will throughout the first half, Dallas bogged down in field goal range more often than finishing drives in the end zone. The Cowboys amassed 332 total yards in the first half, racing out to a 26-3 lead with scores on six-of-seven drives. Romo was not without his missed opportunities; however, as he underthrew Dez Bryant on a deep route and lead him too far on another sideline pass. Despite building a huge lead, Dallas stuck with a pass-heavy offense in the second half. Romo saw more pressure in the pocket as the game progressed. In addition to another stalled drive in field goal range early in the third quarter, converting third downs was a persistent issue. Before a fourth quarter touchdown in the red zone, Dallas missed their first seven third down chances. On a broken play, Romo eluded pocket pressure then found Bryant in the back of the end zone. Bryant corralled the pass over a defender while getting both feet just inside the boundary. With eight minutes to play, that play looked like the dagger as Dallas led 36-24 over Green Bay. Romo and the offense struggled from that point forward and the defense offered little resistance. Another underthrow of Bryant on a deep route and two interceptions eventually sunk Dallas' chances to salvage a victory. Romo's play faded down the stretch as the Hekyll-and-Jekyll nature of the Cowboys offense was in the full effect this week.
2013 Week 16 vs WAS (17 / 27 / 226 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
After a heartbreaking loss last week, Romo rebounded to play one of his better games of the season against Washington on the road. Romo was outstanding with his pocket movement and most of his bigger plays of the day came against pressure. In the first half, two highlight plays for Romo came against pressure. On the first, Romo stepped up in the pocket finding Dez Bryant between the cornerback and safety down the sidelines for more than 20 yards. Later on the same drive, Romo spun away from a free rusher and hit Dez Bryant on third down in the back of the end zone. While Dallas had just 120 total yards in the first half, a big special teams play and Romo's situational excellence led to a lead at the break. Romo had an interception in the third quarter as Deangelo Hall read Dez Bryant's comeback route all the way and Bryant slipped down out of his break. Romo's pass was easily intercepted. After only 30 total yards in the third quarter and facing a deficit, it was up to Romo to lead the comeback effort. Romo led two scoring drives in final quarter and most of that time he was nursing a back injury he sustained while eluding pressure. Romo converted a fourth down to Cole Beasley before narrowly missing a touchdown pass to Bryant on a slant on third-and-goal. On the final and ultimate game-winning drive, Romo connected with Terrance Williams on three occasions including a huge gain on a broken play. After three unsuccessful running plays near the goal line, Romo converted fourth-and-goal as he found DeMarco Murray in the flat. Romo's ability to manage pocket pressure and make his biggest plays on third and fourth downs was the key to Dallas' victory. After the game, it was updated that Romo's back injury was significant enough to rule him out from Dallas' remaining games, including their win-or-go-home Week 17 matchup against the Eagles.
2012 Week 1 vs NYG (22 / 29 / 307 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 12 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo was almost perfect against the Giants on opening night and took apart the Giants secondary that was suffering with injuries. Romo broke out his amazing chemistry with secret weapon WR Ogletree and connected on many slant patterns that broke the Giants back on third down and was a good go-to play when a conversion was needed. Romo was patient in the pocket, trusted his offensive line at times but also mobile and ran outside when needed. He was very aware of the situation, took what the defense gave him but made them pay when they made a mistake. Romo did have one mistake early, throwing an interception. Romo got pressured early and threw a very poor pass up in the middle of the defense, that was easily picked off by LB Boley and almost returned for a touchdown. Romo shook this off after and proceeded to pick apart the NYG. Romo found WR Bryant a lot, including a deep terrific sideline pass to set up a touchdown for DAL. He also used Bryant on slants against man coverage to take advantage of the depleted NYG secondary. Romo was able to roll out of the pocket and buy time for his WR Ogletree to uncover from the defense. Ogletree beat his man on a double move and Romo threw a perfect pass for the touchdown. Romo found Ogletree again over the middle of the defense in the redzone as he was matched up against a LB, giving the Cowboys a very easy opportunity for the touchdown. Romo also found WR Austin deep down the field for this third touchdown; Romo threw a good pass down the sideline to Austin who simply let the NYG defenders completely misplay the ball before walking into the endzone untouched. Romo sealed the game with a first down on a slant play to Ogletree and the Giants made too many mistakes for Romo to see and capitalize on.
2012 Week 2 vs SEA (23 / 40 / 251 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Facing a 10-point deficit, in one of the more hostile environments against one of the league's better defenses, Tony Romo and the Dallas offense really struggled on Sunday. Romo's pass catchers did little to help the offense either, especially normally sure handed all-pro TE Jason Witten. Romo's best results can essentially be summed up in one drive. Starting on their five-yard line, Romo appeared to get the offense going on the lone scoring drive (and like the week prior came after a bad INT the drive before). Romo found Witten up the seam for 17 yards on 3rd down (the first of four 3rd down conversions on the drive). The next play, Romo did a nice job spinning out of a blitz, but slightly underthrew a wide-open Witten who did little to box out the scrambling K.J. Wright as the pass fell through Witten's arms and to the ground. However, Romo responded well to the drop, converting another 3rd down to backup TE John Phillips. A botched snap in Seattle surely to bring up bad memories for Cowboys' fans had Romo staring another 3rd and long in the face, but Romo again delivered, finding safety blanket Miles Austin over the middle for 17 yards. Witten broke free alone up the deep seam and Romo found him, but again was let down as the pass bounced off Witten's hands and fell incomplete. Romo would convert another 3rd down on a dump off before hitting Austin on a hitch and go for a 22-yard TD to finish off the only scoring drive for the Cowboys. However, as the score would indicate, Romo really struggled to muster any consistent offense. Certainly his pass catchers let him down, but Romo had his struggles too. His lone INT was an awful pick, double clutching as Witten crossed the middle, rolling to his right and throwing back across his body to his left. Brandon Browner easily stepped in front of the pass and nearly returned it for a TD. Romo could have thrown two more INTs, as one appeared to be a miscommunication (there was a lot of that for Romo and his WRs) with Witten who didn't cut the route on a Seattle blitz and only a tip at the line saved a pick-six. Later, in an effort to hit a streaking Austin up the seam, Romo completely missed K.J. Wright sitting in a cover 2 and only a drop from Wright prevented the house call. It was an all-around bad day for the Dallas offense, as drops, poor decisions, miscommunication and great Seattle defense held the Cowboys in check.
2012 Week 3 vs TB (25 / 39 / 283 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo had a nice day under center for the Cowboys in week 3. Despite not scoring an abundance of points, the Dallas offense was able to move the ball consistently and keep the Tampa Bay secondary in reaction mode. Romo's passes were crisp and on target and he showed excellent patience in spreading the ball around. He targeted Miles Austin, Kevin Ogletree, and Dez Bryant all over the field and was keen to recognize which receiver was in man-coverage and which receivers were being double-covered. Romo had an early interception on a pass where Miles Austin didn't recognize a fast-breaking cornerback. Otherwise he was on-target with most of his passes. Romo did face a very effective Tampa Bay pass rush, particularly in Mike Bennett, who viciously sacked him twice. The Cowboys' line was effective at blocking the rush up the middle but had trouble handling the edge rush in both the passing game and running game. As a result, Romo was at his best when he stepped up in the pocket and used his feet to buy time as his receivers worked to get open. His best throw came on a deep pass down the sideline to Miles Austin. On the play, Romo set his feet and lofted a high arcing ball to a place only Austin would be able to catch it.
2012 Week 4 vs CHI (31 / 43 / 307 / 1 / 5 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo played the part that Jay Cutler played two weeks ago in the big Thursday night game against the Green Bay Packers. Although Romo never looked like he lost his composure, and he continued to lead his team on long sustained drives with multiple pass completions, he was never able to come up with the big play when the Cowboys needed it, and the five interceptions were the icing on the cake. Romo's first interception wasn't even his fault - Dez Bryant didn't recognize the coverage and while Romo threw the pass expecting an eight yard curl, Bryant broke down the field, leaving Charles Tillman all alone for the easy interception and TD. The next pick didn't come until the third quarter - when Kevin Ogletree couldn't handle a crossing pass and the ball popped out of his hands, into the waiting arms of Major Wright. On the next series, Romo again was the victim of a pick-six, where Henry Melton penetrated up the middle and punched the ball out of his hands. It flew straight to Lance Briggs who returned it 74 yards for another defensive TD and really put the game on ice for the Bears. The next two picks were desperations throws, where Romo was clearly just trying to make something happen, but didn't read the defense properly and the defenders were able to make a good jump on the ball. For the game, Romo seemed to have time on most of his passes, and he made smart throws aside from the picks mentioned above. Despite several key drops by Dez Bryant, Romo Continued to work with him on the sidelines, and feeding him the ball to keep the young receiver from getting too down on himself. In the end though, all anyone will remember is the five picks and yet another prime time failure.
2012 Week 6 vs BAL (25 / 36 / 261 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo was predictably uneven against the vaunted Ravens defense. On the one hand, he did an excellent job reading coverages and spreading the ball around. On the other, he missed some wide open receivers in the middle of the field choosing to take deep shots in the hope of a big gain. His best throw came on a 35 yard pass to Jason Witten. On the play, Romo bought time by moving to the right side of the pocket. With Witten leaving the line from the right side of the line and crossing to the left sideline, Romo threw a high arcing pass off his back foot, over Witten's back shoulder allowing his tight end to turn upfield for a large gain before being pushed out of bounds. Romo's passes continue to look crisp although his touch is sporadic, as evidenced by a failed two point conversion pass that would have tied the game. On the play, Romo quickly found an open Dez Bryant in the end zone and threw a pass that was perhaps too hard for the situation.
2012 Week 7 vs CAR (24 / 34 / 227 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo played a sensible game and should have had an even more productive day in the box score. At one point, Romo - who was flustered by the pass rush on the play - completely failed to see Jason Witten sprinting down the middle of the field unopposed. A simple pass would have resulted in a 40+ yard score. Romo dealt with pressure well for the most part - when it came, and it did not come often. The Panthers' pass rush was unable to get to the QB. Romo escaped the pocket and improvised very well, but for the most part he didn't have to. He found consistent success over the middle of the field with Jason Witten getting open against the Panthers' zone coverage. Romo attacked rookie CB Josh Norman, matched up against Miles Austin to good effect. His lone touchdown pass of the day came on a beautiful pass with that very match-up, in fact. Romo lofted a gorgeous pass to the left corner of the end zone with Norman in decent coverage, but the pass landed right in Austin's hands, who had nothing to do but secure it. It was a professional display overall from Romo, but there were some plays he missed that could have resulted in a bigger day for him and Dallas.
2012 Week 8 vs NYG (36 / 62 / 437 / 1 / 4 pass, 2 / 0 / 1 rush)
Tony Romo had one of the most bizarre performances you will ever see from a QB. Romo had a lot of turnovers but kept his team in the game and had a good shot to win the game, just falling short at the end. Romo started off the game with an interception early on first drive. Romo threw an in pattern to WR Bryant on an adjustment but Bryant noticed this too late and the ball was easily picked off by S Brown. Romo then threw another interception deep down the field as he tried to get the ball to WR Austin. Romo threw to the wrong shoulder for Austin and the pass was picked off by CB Webster who was in perfect coverage for the play. Romo did not get help from his teammates consistently and had to deal with a terrible snap that was hiked over his head. Romo then underestimated the athletic abilities of DE Pierre-Paul. JPP was able to bat and intercept a screen pass attempt from Romo and race down the field for the touchdown and third turnover form Romo. Romo began to play better from this moment on however and the Giants struggled to contain the Cowboys passing game. Romo spotted a wide open Bryant streaking down the field due to busted coverage from NY for a big play but a better throw could have resulted in a touchdown. Romo connected deep on multiple occasions to Bryant/Austin, picking them out on the sideline and floating in a perfect pass over the top for the gain. Romo scored on a 4th and 1 play on the goal line, completely out guessing the defense while he scrambled on a roll out play for the touchdown. Romo scored again after a nice drive, forcing the defense to choose between covering his TE Hanna or trying to tackle Romo on another play outside of the pocket for another touchdown. Romo found a lot of success against the Giants on short-intermediate timing route patterns. Romo's receivers did a great job getting inside leverage against the Giants DB's and giving Romo big spaces to throw the ball into. Romo's 4th INT came on 4th down as he threw a simple ball up high in an act of desperation that was easily picked off by Giants safety. Despite all these errors, he still drove the Cowboys down the field with ease at times and moved the football very efficiently. Romo almost found WR Bryant in the back of the endzone as the game looked to be over but Bryant was ruled out of bounds just barely and the pass was incomplete.
2012 Week 9 vs ATL (25 / 35 / 321 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo once again will receive the blame for the Cowboys coming up short against a quality opponent. That said, Romo did not turn the ball over and was sacked only once on his way to passing for 321 yards (9.2 yards per attempt) and completing over 2/3rds of his passes. Romo's throws were crisp and on target all night despite facing a fierce Atlanta pass rush. His best throw came on a fourth quarter touchdown throw to Kevin Ogletree to pull Dallas within three points midway through the fourth quarter. On the play, Romo was flushed from the pocket to the right. He scrambled towards the sideline while directing his receivers with his free hand. At the last possible moment he threw a dart to Ogletree for the score. Romo also completed a well-thrown pass to Ogletree for a 65 yard gain down the right side of the field in the first quarter. Romo did have one pass intercepted but the play was called back on a defensive holding penalty. For all the criticism Romo receives, his play against Atlanta was poised and his decisions were sound. The Atlanta defense worked hard to keep Dez Bryant and Miles Austin from being open downfield, often limiting Romo to underneath passes to Felix Jones and Jason Witten. Despite the Falcons coverage and pass rush, Romo was able to find open receivers throughout the game. Unfortunately, the Cowboys were only able to convert three of ten third downs and were unable to sustain many drives due to their third down execution.
2012 Week 10 vs PHI (19 / 26 / 209 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
For the second game in a row, Tony Romo was efficient in leading the Dallas offense. The difference in this game came from timely third-down conversions and help on the defensive side of the ball to score points. Romo was efficient in completing 73% of his passes for eight yards per attempt and two touchdowns. His first touchdown pass came on a short screen pass to the left to Felix Jones. His second touchdown pass came on a long completion to Dez Bryant. The play was challenged and upheld. Even more impressive was that Bryant was interfered with by the Eagles' defender yet still caught the ball. Romo's best pass came on a 49 yard completion to Dez Bryant in to double coverage deep in the Eagles' territory, ultimately leading to a Dallas field goal and early lead. Romo was most successful on quick passes to the flats as the Philadelphia defense was playing off of Bryant and Miles Austin to the outside much of the game. Romo's passes to the middle of the field appeared to be on designed quick passes between the hashmarks with the intent of getting the receiver the ball on the run. Romo was sacked three times but did not turn the ball over. The Cowboys only converted 5 of 13 third downs but Romo was able to pick up yardage when it seemed to count the most. His two deep completions to Bryant and a 25 yard pass to Miles Austin were his only completions over 20 yards all day. That said, he looked poised in the pocket and generally did an excellent job getting rid of the ball before the Eagles varied pass rush could get in to the backfield.
2012 Week 11 vs CLE (35 / 50 / 313 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
It took a forgettable first half for the Dallas offense, especially Romo, but came alive to finish with a productive fantasy day and the overtime win. Romo was sacked seven times and flushed from the pocket numerous other times, which delayed taking advantage of the Joe Haden-less Cleveland secondary. Romo yelled at his offensive line and Felix Jones throughout the game. After just 85 total yards in the first half, the lowest for Dallas in five years, the Dallas passing game came alive to open the third quarter. Romo focused on shorter routes to take advantage of the poor Cleveland coverage which was masked by pressure early in the game. In the third quarter alone, Romo was 9-for-9 for 98 yards after just 10 completions and 74 yards in the entire first half. Romo missed deep targets more than once, including an underthrow to Dez Bryant on a likely touchdown and Miles Austin in overtime. Romo had with a decent fantasy day on volume alone. He had a whopping 50 attempts, going just 4-for-14 on third downs. The offensive line is the main reason for concern with Romo as his three main weapons (Bryant, Austin, Witten) are all healthy and a matchup problem for any secondary in the league.
2012 Week 12 vs WAS (37 / 62 / 441 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo was not in anything close to an enviable position on Thanksgiving in Dallas. His offensive line essentially took the day off, leaving him to run for his life on every pass play. One of his star receivers got injured in the first quarter. The Cowboys' run game was laughably ineffectual. Their defense, coached by Rob Ryan and supposedly fearsome, got hoodwinked and battered by a rookie they had never faced. The Cowboys, facing a twenty-five point deficit at the half and an owner in Jerry Jones with steam coming from his ears like a Looney Tune, needed to mount a comeback. This attempt fell to Tony Romo, and that comeback fell short. Romo attempted a whopping sixty-two pass attempts against the Redskins as the running game was non-existent and the Cowboys were essentially in hurry-up mode the entire second half. Accumulating four hundred and forty-one passing yards, Romo led the Cowboys hither and yon in Cowboys Stadium in a series of dink-and-dunk drives, three of which resulted in touchdowns, including an eighty-five yard catch-and-run to Dez Bryant, an eleven-yard end zone pass to Bryant again, and a ten-yard floater to Felix Jones that the halfback took in for a score. Romo ran the ball in himself after the Jones touchdown for a successful two-point conversion. However, with the good, came the back, as Romo found himself picked off twice - on a second-and-ten seam route pass to Cole Beasley in which the receiver and quarterback were not on the same page, and later on another pass to Beasley in which Redskins linebacker London Fletcher let tight end Jason Witten curl and then anticipated Romo's pass to Beasley. Credit goes to Romo for bringing the Cowboys within a touchdown of the Redskins after being left for dead at the half, especially with an offensive line that did Romo no favors, giving him no time to throw and repeatedly forced him to throw the ball away or throw on the run. The Washington secondary might not make the 49ers practice squad, and Romo did his best to exploit matchups in a soft zone coverage that did not wish to give up the big play, but the Cowboys' halftime deficit was too much to overcome. Romo did his level best with the deck stacked against him.
2012 Week 13 vs PHI (22 / 27 / 303 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
Romo had perhaps his best game of the season on Sunday night against the Eagles. He was in command of the offense throughout the contest and managed to make a number of great plays after the pocket had broken down. His best throw came on a pass to Dez Bryant down the right sideline. On the play, Romo delivered the ball low and to the outside where only a tightly guarded Bryant could make a play on it. Romo also had an excellent completion to Bryant for a touchdown after he had been flushed from the pocket to the right. Romo threw back across the field to Bryant who was able to turn upfield for a touchdown. Romo's passes were crisp and on target throughout the game and he was very smart in choosing to throw the ball only to receivers who were single-covered or who had broken free of the defender completely. Romo finished the day completing 22 of 27 passes for three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Romo was sacked twice as well.
2012 Week 14 vs CIN (25 / 43 / 268 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo had a fairly up and down day, finishing with a line of268 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception on 25 of 43 passing. Romo started the game 5 for 5, taking what was given to him, and looked to be on his way to a decent day. However, he went 2 for 8 on his next few series thanks to a few key drops to be discussed later. Romo's offensive line held up decently considering the tough matchup up until about the 2 minute warning of the first half, then had him running for his life for the rest of the day. Romo's escapability helped the Cowboys out on several plays, but he also had about three passes that should have been intercepted by Bengals defenders that clanged off their hands or chests. Romo's one interception was on an odd jump ball to Dwayne Harris after scrambling around. Had Romo not been pressured off the bat, Harris had his defender beat. Romo's touchdown came on a very nice crossing route to Dez Bryant. Coincidentally, the prior two completions were also crossing routes on chunk plays to Kevin Ogletree and Miles Austin, so the playcall was a smart one. Romo played his best when it mattered, however, and set the Cowboys up for the game winning field goal for a 1 point win. It's also worth noting that because of the aforementioned pressure, DeMarco Murray was targeted 6 times on the day, while Jason Witten and Dez Bryant only had 4 and 6 targets respectively.
2012 Week 15 vs PIT (30 / 42 / 341 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)
Outside of one play, Romo wasn't under pressure in the pocket early on against the Steelers. Because of that, he was able to easily pick apart the Steelers' overmatched coverage. After settling for a field goal on their first drive, and a Demarco Murray fumble at the goalline ended their second, Romo correctly identified the Steelers' undrafted rookie playing safety and took advantage of his hesitation in coverage against play action. That led to a wide open touchdown reception for Jason Witten. Romo was making plays consistently against a suspect Steelers' secondary. He did take one huge sack from Lawrence Timmons, but managed to convert a second and 23 before hitting Dez Bryant on a back shoulder fade with a beautiful pass in the endzone for his second touchdown. Romo drove his team down to the goalline before DeMarco Murray ran the ball in for the game-tying touchdown, but couldn't put his team in field goal range when he slightly overthrew Jason Witten in the dying moments of regulation.
2012 Week 16 vs NO (26 / 43 / 416 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo had a rock solid day, but was ultimately let down by a couple critical plays and atrocious play by his defense. Romo threw for over 400 yards and 4 touchdowns while keeping his stat line turnover free. Romo was accurate for most of the day, while pressure from the Saints defensive line was about what you'd expect. Romo's first touchdown was a 58 yard bomb to Dez Bryant which Bryant snatched beautifully out of the air to burn his 1 on 1 coverage. Amusingly, Romo's second touchdown was also a 58 yarder to Bryant, although this one was all Dez breaking tackles and getting some serious yardage after the catch. Romo's third touchdown of the day was a nice back shoulder throw to Dwayne Harris that only Harris had a chance at. The last touchdown of the day was easily the most dramatic, as it tied the game up with 15 seconds left in the 4th quarter on 4th and 10. The throw was an accurate one to Miles Austin that Austin caught while on his knees. Once again, the ball was placed very well by Romo. Romo's receivers dropped at least 4 or 5 catchable balls, including 2 crucial drops by Miles Austin late in the game. Luckily, Austin redeemed himself with the touchdown grab. Romo only had 1 or 2 bad throws that could have been picked off. All in all, a solid day for the Cowboys QB.
2012 Week 17 vs WAS (20 / 37 / 218 / 2 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo will end another underwhelming Dallas Cowboys season as the team's whipping boy, regardless of whether the criticism of him is valid or not. The veteran quarterback completed twenty of his thirty-seven pass attempts for two hundred and eighteen yards. Romo's performance against the NFC East rival Redskins was perhaps his worst of the season. Two of Romo's three interceptions came in the Washington red zone - one a pass that floated over the head of wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and into the hands of Redskins cornerback Richard Crawford, the other a deep go-route pass that Romo underthrew, permitting Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson to cut off Miles Austin and pick off the pass. Romo's third pick came on a late fourth quarter swing pass attempt to DeMarco Murray. Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson fooled Romo into thinking he was blitzing, then followed Murray, jumped in front of him, and intercepted the pass. It was the Redskins' perpetual blitzing that kept Romo off balance all night, and the Cowboys' leaky offensive line did its quarterback little favors, forcing desperate throws and less-than-desirable reads from the pocket by Romo. The veteran quarterback did throw two touchdowns against Washington's fairly generous pass defense, a nine-yard score to tight end Jason Witten - in which Romo extended the play from the snap for a whopping eight seconds - and a ten-yard score to wide receiver Kevin Ogletree off a timing-based corner route. Romo also hooked up with wide receiver Dwayne Harris for a successive two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter. His perfectly placed pass to Harris - a throw behind Harris in which the receiver extended his arms at the right time - brought Dallas to within three of Washington as the clock wound down. Postgame reports revealed that Romo suffered a cracked rib in the second quarter, which he played through in the loss. He lost wide receivers Miles Austin, Cole Beasley, Dez Bryant, and Dwayne Harris at one point or another during the game, giving him very few playmakers on offense. The Redskins' constant blitzing and Dallas's pass protection woes gave Romo fits all evening, and forced him into making bad throws to get rid of the ball - thus, the blame cannot be placed on Romo's interceptions solely on the quarterback. Still, Romo will be the scapegoat for another disappointing season for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans, even if placing the blame on Romo for the Cowboys' performance is misinformed and short-sighted.
2011 Week 1 vs NYJ (23 / 36 / 342 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)
Romo started off the game with a nice drive resulting in a touchdown to Dez Bryant. On the play, Romo threw it high and allowed Bryant to go up and make a play. The Dallas quarterback got hit early and often by the Jets and it took a while for the offensive line to settle down. When it did, Romo was able to move the ball well against the Jets' defense. Once again, however, Romo was his own worst enemy, fumbling twice (losing one of them) and throwing a terrible interception as well. On the pick, Romo rolled out to his right, looking for Dez Bryant. Somehow he completely missed Jets CB Darrelle Revis, who easily intercepted the ball and ran it back for 20 yards. Revis was able to hang back on Bryant because of safety help over the top, but there is no excuse for Romo throwing that pass. Revis was clearly in perfect position to intercept the ball and it's hard to believe Romo thought he could finesse it over the CB's head. The resulting set of downs allowed the Jets to kick a game winning field goal. The offense also had many bad delay of game penalties during the whole game. While that's on all of the offense, it's Tony Romo's job to avoid those penalties and more than one really killed a drive. Romo can put up great stats, but he's also very adept at giving up games as well.
2011 Week 2 vs SF (20 / 33 / 345 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
After a disastrous ending against the Jets in the season opener, Romo played exceptionally well against the 49ers. Adding to the performance was the fact that Romo cracked a rib in the second quarter. While he missed two series in the third quarter as the injury was being tended to, he quickly returned to the game and engineered three scoring drives in the fourth quarter and overtime to help the Cowboys win. Romo's rib injury did not appear to affect his throwing motion during the game as he actually looked more accurate with his passes in the second half. Romo and the Cowboys used a lot of play-action and a lot of shotgun snaps in an effort to loosen the short middle of the field. The strategy was effective as Miles Austin and Jason Witten were able to catch the ball on the run between 5 and 12 yards downfield for most of the afternoon. Romo's two best throws came with the game in the balance. On a 25 yard touchdown throw to Miles Austin, Romo deftly threaded the ball between two defenders under heavy pressure in the pocket. And on the game's final play, Romo read the defense perfectly as the 49ers bit on play-action. Jesse Holley was left wide open streaking down the hashmarks. Romo hit him in perfect stride, leading to a 77 yard gain and the game-winning field goal.
2011 Week 3 vs WAS (22 / 36 / 255 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo played through pain, played with receivers that didn't seem to know what was going on, played through bad snaps and tough penalties, and still managed to gut out a tough win. At the beginning of the game, Romo's throws seemed to lack a little zip, as he was getting passes batted down, and couldn't seem to get into a rhythm. But he settled in with the short passing game with Witten and Felix Jones, and eventually got things going. The loss of Miles Austin really hurts this offense. Perhaps as Dez Bryant's health improves, he will become more explosive and things will get better. But until then, Romo is just trying to piece things together, His receivers were just unable to get anything going, as Robinson and Ogletree both really struggled. On one play near the goalline, you could visually see Romo asking Ogletree what he was doing! On the final drive, Romo overcame a bad snap from center that occurred as he was trying to call an audible. Set back ten yards, he still was able to fire a dart to Dez Bryant for a 30 yard gain, which was without question the play of the game for Romo and the Cowboys. Then he hit Laurent Robinson on a comeback on the right side, that Robinson spun out of and turned upfield for 25 yards, putting the Cowboys down near the goalline. Despite his gutty performance though, Romo couldn't get it done in the redzone, which made this game much closer than it probably should have been.
2011 Week 4 vs DET (34 / 47 / 331 / 3 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was the tale of two halves for Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. Romo started off the game strong, leading the Cowboys down the field on their opening drive for a TD. The pass was a beautiful floater into the end zone where Dez Bryant was able to beat his defender for the score. On the next series, Romo led Dallas down to the one yard line, but the offensive line couldn't get the push that they needed and Felix Jones was stuffed on 4th and goal from the one. In the second quarter, Romo again led the Cowboys down the field with a beautiful 44 yard bomb over the middle to Laurent Robinson to set up Dez Bryant's second TD reception - a quick stick route where Bryant was working one on one again and Romo put the ball where only he could go and make a play. When he found Witten in the back of the end zone to start the third quarter, putting the Cowboys up 27-3 at the time, it looked like Dallas was going to blow out the 3-0 Lions in a big statement game. Unfortunately the wheels came off at that point. On his next possession, Romo missed Bobby Carpenter coming over from the LB spot and threw the ball right too him for a pick six. On the next series, On the next series, after a couple key first downs, Romo again coughed up a pick six on a quick slant route to Robinson where the CB made a great play and shifted the momentum to Detroit's favor for good. His final mistake came late in the 4th quarter, where Romo was under pressure and while falling back and throwing from his back foot, he chucked a weak pass down the middle of the field and it was easily picked off for his third INT of the day. Detroit promptly drove down the field and scored the go-ahead TD with less than two minutes to play. It was the worst collapse in Dallas history, and it fell squarely on Romo's shoulders.
2011 Week 6 vs NE (27 / 41 / 317 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
As has become the norm, Tony Romo had an uneven game against the New England Patriots. While he made a number of fantastic throws including some high velocity out-route passes that resulted in large gains, Romo simply couldn't put together the consistency needed to score after long drives. Between curious play calling near the goalline and untimely sacks, the Cowboys offense sputtered in the red zone leading to field goals and not touchdowns. Romo's best throw of the day came in the fourth quarter to Laurent Robinson. On the play, Romo threw a hard pass to the outside where only Robinson could catch it. The receiver broke a tackle and turned up the sideline for a long gain. Romo also had a great throw to Jason Witten with 20 seconds to play and the Cowboys needing a score. On the play, Witten ran up the seam. Romo had to buy time with his feet, eventually stepping up in the pocket and delivering a hard pass between two defenders to Witten. Unfortunately, playcalling at the goalline resulted in another field goal on the drive as the Cowboys called for a shovel pass in to the teeth of the Patriots defense on third down from the six yard line. On his touchdown pass - which incidentally came on a fairly conventional play - Romo took the snap at the goalline and looked off the safety to the right side. Jason Witten snuck to the left side of the field where Romo tossed him a pass that resulted in a touchdown. Romo clearly can play quarterback at a high level and has moments of fantastic play. However, his inability to finish out drives is hampering his ability to be an elite quarterback.
2011 Week 7 vs STL (14 / 24 / 166 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo's stat line was far from impressive against the St. Louis Rams as he threw for fewer then 200 yards in a game where Dallas scored 34 points. That said, he was very accurate on longer throws to the outside and was able to spread the ball around enough outside the hash-marks to keep running lanes open for DeMarco Murray's big day. Romo's best passes came on three step drops where he got rid of the ball quickly. His single best play came on a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant that he placed low and ahead of his receiver in a place where only Bryant could catch it. For all of Romo's well-documented struggles this season, he played masterfully against the Rams as a game-manager and calming influence on his teammates as the Cowboys put together one of their more impressive performances in some time.
2011 Week 8 vs PHI (18 / 35 / 203 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Romo didn't have a terribly game, per se, but he wasn't able to do much to increase the Cowboys chances for victory either. He suffered an early interception when target Martellus Bennett bobbled the ball up in to the air for Nnamdi Asomugha to catch. Otherwise, most of Romo's completions were on short routes within 3 yards of the line of scrimmage. The Eagles did an outstanding job in covering Dez Bryant and Miles Austin downfield. With the exception of a single blown-coverage late in the game that resulted in a 70 yard touchdown, Romo was unable to complete a single pass that went more then 9 yards in the air. Furthermore, his receivers were unable to gain more then 4 yards after the catch on any single reception (outside of Robinson's touchdown). The Cowboys' deep passes were broken up or off target as Tony Romo never had a chance to establish a rhythm with his receivers in the first half. His best pass came on the long touchdown to Robinson. On the play, Romo correctly noticed the Eagles had Robinson in single coverage to the right side and the safety was leaning inside faking a blitz. Romo stood tall in the pocket under immense pressure before lofting the deep pass, hitting Robinson in stride.
2011 Week 9 vs SEA (19 / 31 / 279 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Once again, the Cowboys' Tony Romo led offense looked wildly inconsistent as the game began against Seattle. Romo managed to lead the team inside the five yard line on each of their first three drives but could salvage no more than two field goals for the effort. Romo's passes, however, were crisp and on target and he seemed very comfortable throwing the ball to all of his receivers regardless of down and distance. He had two excellent deep throws in the first half. Romo's best throw came on a deep pass down the right sideline to Miles Austin. On the play, Romo took a five step drop and deftly lofted the ball between two Seattle defenders to a spot where only Austin could catch it, resulting in a 37 yard gain. He had an almost exact similar pass to Dez Bryant to the left side of the field early in the first quarter resulting in a 39 yard gain.
2011 Week 10 vs BUF (23 / 26 / 270 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo found little resistance from the Bills defense this week as he carved them up for 237 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half alone. Romo set a franchise record for completion percentage in the game with 88.5% as he completed 23 of 26 passes. On the second touchdown pass of the game, the Bills brought an all out blitz but Romo showed great awareness to spin away and find an open receiver in the end zone. When he gets time in the pocket as he did in this game, Romo can pick a defense apart. The Cowboys dominated the game on both sides of the ball and took their foot off the gas in the second half, which prevented Romo from putting up even bigger numbers.
2011 Week 11 vs WAS (23 / 37 / 292 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
In the first half, Romo was just not on page with his receivers. After a Fred Davis fumble, he had a short field, and after missing a connection with Laurent Robinson, hit Dez Bryant for a beautiful TD on a fade route. Romo needs to just throw it up to Dez more often. Why this doesn't happen more is a mystery. After that TD though, Romo just couldn't get into any rhythm for the remainder of the first half. He missed Robinson on a deep ball, in which Robinson was wide open, then he threw a pass to Dez in double coverage that Dez couldn't get to. Later on in the half, he and Dez were on different pages on a screen pass, and the Cowboys went into the half with only 10 points. In the second half, things got better for Romo. Although he started out the half missing Robinson on another mis-communication, he then settled down by getting the ball to Jason Witten, and then was finally able to connect with Robinson on a short touchdown pass. In the fourth quarter, Romo hit Ogletree on a clutch 3rd down throw to keep the drive alive, then scrambled to his left, got out of trouble and hit a streaking Jason Witten for a 59 yard touchdown. Romo was really able to use his legs in the second half to escape trouble throughout and keep plays alive. In overtime, Romo took advantage of a Redskins missed field goal and led the Cowboys to the game winner. Once again Romo was under heavy pressure, he scrambled out of the pocket, hit Dez Bryant on the left sideline for a big gain, and then the Cowboys kicked the game winner. The Cowboys passing game is still a work in progress, with two new receivers, but Romo is starting to find his groove, and is emerging as a very consistent QB who puts up big numbers every week.
2011 Week 12 vs MIA (22 / 34 / 226 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo had a stellar game against one of the league's hottest teams in the Miami Dolphins. He faced constant pressure throughout but was able to scramble just enough to make a number of stellar passes to all points of the field. He threw the ball on a lot of drag routes and crossing routes and favored the mid-range of the field over short passes. Romo's best throw came in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass to Laurent Robinson. On the play, Romo sensed pressure and left the pocket, buying time with his feet. At the last moment possible he threw a hard pass to the back right corner of the end zone for a touchdown. The play showed the best parts of Romo's game: when given a chance to make a play after a plan has broken down, Romo is as good as anyone in the league at avoiding pressure and creating a positive result. Romo had a similar play late in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys drove for the game-winning score. He sidestepped a fierce pass rush to find Jason Witten for a drive-extending gain. While he finished the day with two interceptions, it would be hard to place all of the blame on Romo. For the most part, he was in great control of the game and made excellent decisions and throws when his teammates needed him to come through the most.
2011 Week 13 vs ARI (28 / 42 / 299 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Romo showed good vision all day long, but seemed to need to warm up into the game. The Cardinals pass rush had its moments but for the most part Romo had lots of time in the pocket. His big target was Dez Bryant, who was facing a tough matchup with Patrick Peterson at cornerback. At worst, Romo was inconstent - throwing wild to Bryant on a 4th and 1, for example, then lobbing the ball to a wide open Felix Jones, only to have him not see the ball at all. Romo got into a groove in the second half, finding Bryant a number of times, despite the tight coverage, and using Laurent Robinson and Jason Witten to mix it up. It was a good, not great day for Romo, but he only missed a second touchdown (and 300 yard game) by that one pass.
2011 Week 14 vs NYG (21 / 31 / 321 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo hardly put a foot wrong in this game, but began to struggle with his protection as the game wore on. Romo, despite the pressure, manoeuvred around the pocket very well, biding his time before finding receivers downfield. Romo tossed four touchdown passes in the game and connected well with Laurent Robinson for most of the game. Robinson was the recipient of Romo's second TD pass, a strike off a half roll to the right in the red zone. Romo fooled the defense on his first TD, rolling right before tossing the ball back to TE John Phillips on a backside TE screen. His receivers did let him down on a few occasions with drops and the center/quarterback exchange left a lot to be desired. At any rate, Romo fired two more TD passes, one to his former favourite target Miles Austin in the red zone on a similar play to the Robinson TD and the other on a pass to a wide open Dez Bryant. Romo missed a key third down pass late to Austin, who was free. If he had completed it, Dallas could have run out the clock in all likelihood. Romo left it a little too far ahead of Austin. Romo's fantasy owners will be pleased with this output.
2011 Week 15 vs TB (23 / 30 / 249 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / -1 / 1 rush)
Tony Romo got the Cowboys out to a huge lead right out of the gate, and then coasted through the second half for an easy victory. Romo had 189 yards passing, 3 TDS and a rushing TD in the first half, putting to rest any thought that the game might come down to a last second FG again. Romo had plenty of time on most plays, and when the defense was able to get pressure, he was able to extend the play by stepping up or rolling out. His first TD pass was exactly this type of play, where he had plenty of time and then rolled out to avoid the eventual pressure, rifling the ball into Miles Austin for the first score. The play was contested, and Austin displayed that 'My Ball' mentality that you always want from an NFL receiver, wrestling the ball away from the defender for the score. The second TD came on the next play, where Romo was able to extend the play again with a roll out. The defense lost track of Dez Bryant and he was wide open when Romo hit him for the second score. The third TD pass came in the second quarter, another rifle pass to Robinson in the back of the end zone - capping off an 89 yard drive and putting the Buccaneers in a huge hole. His rushing TD came when Kevin Ogletree wasn't able to get into the end zone on a stick route from the five yard line. Romo lined up with less than a minute to go, snapped the ball and followed his blockers into the end zone for his fourth scoring play of the half. His one black mark for the day was his fumble at the start of the second quarter - where he rolled out to avoid pressure, but had the ball chopped out of his hands from behind as he was being sacked. It was a great play by the Tampa defense and got the Bucs on the board for the first time all day. To his credit though, Romo came out and led his team down the field for another 60+ yard drive that led to a field goal and put the Cowboys up 31-7.
2011 Week 16 vs PHI (0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo hit his hand off a PHI player's helmet very early in the game and was subsequently removed for the entire game. It never looked like Dallas had any intention to get Romo back into the game that mattered very little ultimately and QB Stephen McGee took over.
2011 Week 17 vs NYG (29 / 37 / 289 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo had very little production in the first half against the Giants on Sunday that was balanced out by a far better second half. Romo's poor first half performance was marred by poor pass protection, too few first downs and a total lack of possession as the Giants kept the ball for long drives at a time. Romo started off the game shakey as he missed a wide open WR Bryant down the field, simply overthrowing his WR by a yard. Romo then made a series of incredible escapes to avoid the sack by scrambling in the backfield before finally throwing to WR Bryant. Unfortunately for Romo he was passed the line of scrimmage and could have easily run for the first down instead. Romo was hit aplenty in the first half, had no running game and left with 3rd and longs to deal with. In the second game, the Cowboys came out with a quick passing style game and had great success early on. Romo led a fast drive with quick strikes and capped it off with a nice fade pattern deep in the redzone for WR Robinson to haul in and dive for the goal line for his first touchdown. He had then had a poor interception however, not looking again to his backside as he was trying to fit the ball into TE Witten on a short pass and instead finding S Rolle. Romo kept fighting and led another drive that was finished with a perfect slant pattern inside to WR Robinson for his last touchdown. The Giants didn't let up for long, scored again and kept the game out of reach despite the resurgence in the second half. Most of the blame for his loss should not be put on Romo as he did his part, without being spectacular. The Cowboys had very little possession of the ball, almost no rushing threat and were losing almost the entire game and had to play catch up due to the poor defensive effort.
2010 Week 1 vs WAS (31 / 47 / 282 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo looked sharp throughout the game as the Cowboys put together a bunch of decent drives between the 20s that stalled out. His completions came primarily on short and intermediate routes. Despite the fact that the Cowboys were missing two starters on the offensive line, their pass blocking was solid. When the pass rush did get to Romo, he took a sack and made a few erratic throws. Romo was most successful when targeting Miles Austin. Romo to Miles Austin looked virtually automatic on many 10 to 12 yard patterns. On the Cowboys only touchdown, they ran play action from four yards out and Romo got it to Austin. Romo also made an effort to get Dez Bryant involved and at times forced it to him double coverage. Romo spread the ball around nicely on the game ending drive and completed what would have been the game winning touchdown to Roy Williams but it was nullified by a holding penalty and the clock ran out.
2010 Week 2 vs CHI (34 / 51 / 374 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo's performance against the Bears was a bit uneven. He was called on to try and win the game with his arm in throwing 51 times, and his 34 completions were very solid. That said, Romo's numbers don't tell the whole story. He was felled by some bad luck as both of his interceptions came off of deflections. Add in a fumble right after a catch by Roy Williams and three Cowboys drives were done in by turnovers that could have been prevented. He also had a handful of passes where his touch was either too much (the second interception) or too little (short hopping a ball to a streaking Austin). All told, the Cowboys offense just doesn't look right. The line is getting called for too many penalties and the skill players don't seem to be jelling. With Romo as the leader of the offense and the man under center, it falls on him to produce cohesion and consistency with his teammates. His best throws came on crossing routes to Roy Williams and Miles Austin. Most of his other successful passes were on quick slants and dump-offs to tight ends and running backs. Only three times did the Romo try a pass down the sideline for long distance, yet he was unable to connect each time. His lone touchdown came on a quick out to tight end Chris Gronkowski, who caught the ball on the left side of the line without a defender in sight.
2010 Week 3 vs HOU (23 / 30 / 284 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo had an outstanding game against the Texans in week three. Outside of two poorly thrown balls in the first half, Romo was spot on throughout the game. He picked apart the Texans offense well enough to The first quarter looked like more of the same from the season's first two weeks as Romo and the Cowboys couldn't convert two short third downs. However, once the second quarter began, Romo really came alive. He completed passes to seven different receivers including two touchdown passes to Roy Williams. Romo showed deft touch on a number of deep balls and placed a number of throws in to tight spots where only his teammate could catch it. Romo's best throw actually came on an incompletion to Dez Bryant in the middle of the second quarter. On the play, Romo took the snap from under center and heaved a deep throw to Bryant on the right sideline. Bryant was mauled by the Texan cornerback (although no penalty was called) yet hauled in the pass for what would have been first and goal if not for the fact that he landed out of bounds. Dallas fans were no doubt excited to see the pair work so well together, but most telling was that Romo went right back to Bryant on the next play and completed a tough pass for first down. In recent weeks, opportunities like that were when the Cowboys fell apart; on Sunday against the Texans, this was the play where the offense finally came together. Romo's best passes came out of the shotgun when the Cowboys were working their offense quickly. Romo also did an excellent job looking off receivers and going to his third or even fourth option after locking in eye-contact on his first option. The Texans pass defense was clearly frustrated by the second half as Romo had enough time to pick his spots and spread the ball around with relative ease.
2010 Week 5 vs TEN (31 / 46 / 406 / 3 / 3 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo had a stellar game on Sunday against the Titans, completing passes all over the field to a wide range of receivers. He did have two throws where he clearly was not on the same page as the receiver, throwing the ball to a place on the field where not a single Cowboy was within 5 yards. But all in all, Romo picked up yardage seemingly at will. Romo led the Cowboys to 19 passing first downs and 7 of 14 conversions of third down. Furthermore, his third interception of the day came as the Cowboys tried to mount a final drive in the waning seconds of the game. Unfortunately, Romo had two other interceptions while the game was still contested, three passes deflected at the line of scrimmage, and he was sacked six times. His best throws came outside the hashmarks to Jason Witten and Roy Williams, although his single best moment was on a 35 yard toss in to double-coverage that resulted in a long Miles Austin touchdown. Romo is not scrambling nearly as much as he did in year's past and the numbers show it; he is being sacked more but also completing more passes to the Cowboys vaunted offensive skill players.
2010 Week 6 vs MIN (24 / 32 / 220 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 31 / 0 rush)
Romo had a good game fantasy wise, but he could not save the Cowboys from another tough loss. Although the Minnesota front four put a lot of pressure on Romo throughout the day, he was able to escape trouble for the most part. On two different occasions, he was able to step up and take off down the middle of the field for big 12+ yard gains. In other cases, to slow down the rush he would check down to Felix Jones or call screens to Jones, Marion Barber or Jason Witten. On all three of his TD passes, Romo was able to burn Lito Shepphard. The first two were red zone targets to Roy Williams. On the first, Romo recognized that the middle of the field was open and called a hot route to Williams to cut across the middle. Williams was able to make the play despite the ball being tipped. On the second, Romo hit Williams near the back of the end zone and despite being well covered, he was able to put the ball perfectly where Williams was able to grab it. On Bryant's TD, Romo threw deep to Bryant after he had beaten Sheppard off the line. Sheppard tried to make a play, but Bryant was able to catch the deflection anyway for his first career TD reception. Romo's interceptions were both pressure related. On the first, Jared Allen came unblocked from the backside and Romo tried to dump the ball off before he was leveled. The ball was tipped and picked off by the Vikings. On the second interception, the Cowboys were in another 3rd and short situation. They called a play action pass and when the Vikings came on a blitz, Romo looked to dump the ball to Jason Witten over the middle. However, EJ Henderson dropped back into coverage just as Romo released the ball and made a perfect defensive play for the interception. You can expect this type of performance from Romo going forward as the Cowboy running game is still struggling and the defense and special teams issues continue to prevent Dallas from opening up a big lead. The Cowboys moved the ball well on a very tough Minnesota defense - yet in the end, they still lost the game.
2010 Week 7 vs NYG (5 / 7 / 39 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo was knocked out of the game on the Cowboys first possession of the second quarter when he was driven to the ground after throwing a pass downfield. Initial reports indicate that he broke his collarbone and could be out 8 to 10 weeks. Romo had an early 5 yard touchdown on a pass out in the flat to Witten and should have had a second touchdown but Miles Austin
2009 Week 1 vs TB (16 / 27 / 353 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
It wasn't an impressive performance for Romo as much as it was a terrible day for the Tampa safeties, particularly Sabby Piscitelli. Busted coverages by Piscitelli led to the long catch and run TDs by Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton, which basically amounted to half of Romo's production on the day. Romo was calm in the pocket, and his pinpoint accuracy on both of those throws did contribute to the big plays, in fairness to him. Romo also showed great timing and anticipation of Roy Williams routes. He could have had an even bigger day if he had made a better throw on a short fade to Martellus Bennett, but Romo threw a line drive. Most of Romo's incompletions were due to drops or good breakups of accurate passes more than errant throws. He was impressive as a blocker, springing a good gain on an end around by Patrick Crayton that was overturned by penalty. Tampa did get more pressure in the second half, but for the most part, the Dallas offensive line gave him time to calmly survey the field and make good throws.
2009 Week 2 vs NYG (13 / 29 / 127 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 3 / 1 rush)
Some players seem to shine when under the spotlight. Others just melt. Right now, there is probably a Tony Romo-shaped puddle in the middle of Jerry Jones' new stadium after his three interception performance on Sunday Night Football in Week 2 against the New York Giants. He completed 16 passes, but only 13 to his teammates. Relying on TE Jason Witten helped to some degree, but his targets were off and the Giants surrounded Roy Williams and Witten with Kenny Phillips poised to catch whatever happened to fly his way. Romo looked off all night with his accuracy and his turnovers directly led to most of the Giants' points. He did manage to run in a touchdown, but his passing and inaccuracy will be what he is remembered for with this performance. He will try and regroup for another prime time game next Monday night against Carolina.
2009 Week 3 vs CAR (22 / 33 / 255 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)
Romo was patient and safe for the most part, and managed the win very well, although he didn't do anything to make his fantasy owners happy. Romo didn't throw downfield too often, settling for underneath passes to Jason Witten in the first half, and finding Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton on intermediate routes when he did throw to his wideouts. Romo got sacked in the red zone in the first half on a trick play that took too long to develop, and in the second half he got to throw two fades at the one-yard line. Roy Williams dropped one of them, and Martellus Bennett turned the wrong way on the other. Romo had one play that displayed his heroics and foolishness, a throw back across the field to Tashard Choice that resulted in a nice gain, but was also the kind of throw that often ends up going the other way for a TD. On the plus side for his fantasy owners, Romo showed a willingness to use his athleticism to gain yards as a runner when the play broke down. He only took one deep shot, to Roy Williams, but Williams was not open.
2009 Week 4 vs DEN (25 / 42 / 255 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo had an up and down (mostly down) day against the Broncos. The Cowboys were not throwing to their wide receivers early in the game, mainly targeting the running backs out of the backfield. He didn't get a pass off to Jason Witten until the end of the second-quarter, and basically looked out of sync all day. Romo was either holding the ball too long, or he was getting rid of the ball too early in fear of the Broncos pass rush. His timing was off most of the day, and his biggest play came on a busted play where he used his improvisational skill to move around until Sam Hurd got open. Tony Romo targeted future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey sixteen (!) times on Sunday. He was intercepted once by the All-Pro, and foolishly went after him in the end zone on the final two plays of the game. Bailey baited Romo into throwing, and was able to swat the ball away both times.
2009 Week 5 vs KC (20 / 34 / 351 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Romo continued his transformation into a sound game manager with the ability to make something happen when the play breaks down. He peppered the Chiefs defense with quick, short, accurate throws that kept them on their heels. Romo saw the field well and made hair-trigger decisions to find the open receiver before the pressure could get to him. He could have had up to three more touchdown passes on the day, but he was either a little off or victimized by drops. If he continues to play with this kind of patience and precision, Romo will stay in the fantasy QB1 ranks
2009 Week 7 vs ATL (21 / 29 / 311 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 31 / 0 rush)
Since a horrendous Sunday night performance vs. the Giants, Romo has been playing as well as any QB this side of Peyton Manning. He was patient in the pocket, but picked his moments to run and extend plays well, including a bonafide Houdini act on the short TD pass to Patrick Crayton. Romo once again was on the same as Miles Austin all day on all kinds of throws, from a deep ball on a post route after a Falcons TD to intermediate comebacks and bullets over the middle. Only one of his two TDs to Austin was a result of broken tackles this week. Romo used Jason Witten as a safety valve and hot read, and moved the offense at will after a few early three-and-outs. He has turned back into a fantasy QB1 with a wide array of weapons.
2009 Week 8 vs SEA (21 / 36 / 256 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had another good game against the Seahawks. For the third week in a row (and 5th time this season) Romo did not throw an interception (although he did lose a fumble). Romo's passing the last few weeks has been much improved and the reasons are clear: instead of forcing the ball to Jason Witten or Roy Williams, the Cowboys offense is now spreading the ball around. That, combined with the emergence of Miles Austin as a true downfield threat, has made the Cowboys passing attack potent once again. Romo favors Austin on deep balls and routes outside the hash-marks while turning to Witten, and receivers Roy Williams, Sam Hurd, and Patrick Crayton in the middle of the field. Romo was very efficient in completing 21 of 36 passes, most of which only traveled 6 to 8 yards down field. Romo completed passes to 10 different Cowboys and seemed patient enough in the pocket to find the open man. It certainly helped that the Seattle pass-rush was relatively unsuccessful in rushing Romo and on the rare occasion he was forced from the pocket, he often still found the open man downfield. Just as impressive, Romo's passes are not sailing on his as they have in the past; none of his incompletions were clear overthrows. Romo finished the day with 3 touchdown throws and 15 passing first downs.
2009 Week 9 vs PHI (21 / 34 / 307 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo was under a great deal of pressure from the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9, but Romo still managed to throw for over 300 yards and complete more than 60% of his attempts. Romo did throw his first interception in over three weeks on a ball he sailed over TE Jason Witten's head, but his night was saved by short passes in the second half to Witten and a long 49-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin to put the Cowboys up for good.
2009 Week 10 vs GB (24 / 39 / 251 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
Romo was nearly completely shut down in week 10, facing a very inspired and vicious Green Bay front 7. Romo was under pressure from start to finish and looked out of sync with zero flow for 3.5 quarters. He was able to find a semblance of rhythm late in the game, leading Dallas to two straight drives into the red zone working out of a no huddle offense. However, he finished one drive with a horrible INT at the one yard line. On the other he found Roy Williams for a late garbage-time TD. Despite the constant pressure from Green Bay, Romo attempted to make some key plays but he was often let down by his WR's. They dropped a number of passes all over the field, including the end zone. Romo finished with his 7th straight 250+ yard effort.
2009 Week 11 vs WAS (15 / 27 / 158 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Quarterback Tony Romo struggled in Week 11 against an underrated Washington Redskin secondary. Romo failed to complete a pass to a Cowboys wide receiver until late in the third quarter. Dallas was held scoreless until the final minutes of the game when Romo found Patrick Crayton open in the middle of the end zone for the winning score. The lackluster performance was possibly related to Romo's sore back that came after making a saving tackle after Marion Barber's first quarter fumble. The sore back issue could influence his next performance this coming Thanksgiving Thursday.
2009 Week 12 vs OAK (18 / 29 / 309 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo did the smart thing in Thursday's Thanksgiving contest at home against Oakland - get the ball in the hands of his two best receivers and get out of the way. Romo targeted Miles Austin early and often, hitting him for over 100 yards and score in the first half. Romo adjusted to the Raiders covering Austin more after halftime, instead giving his tight end Jason Witten several chances to make plays - which he did for two big catches of 35+ yards each. Romo spread the ball around well for the entire contest and let his supporting cast make plays and get the big numbers for him rather than forcing any particular receiver or pass. He was steering clear of Nnamdi Asomugha for the most part and targeting whomever was lined up on Chris Johnson, which seemed to work well for Dallas all day long. Romo completed only 18 balls but with all the big gainers racked up over 300 yards on the day, and now gets the added benefit of extra days to rest before a big game against the Giants next week.
2009 Week 13 vs NYG (41 / 55 / 392 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo had a huge game in Week 13 against the Giants, completing 41 passes against a bad New York Giants secondary. The 41 completions et a Dallas Cowboys team record. Romo had 392 yards and three touchdown passes as he relied mostly on his tight end Jason Witten, who was open all game over the middle. Romo did miss a few easy throws and Dallas did lose the contest, so it was not all perfect, but with him clearly heating up he should be a strong fantasy QB1 the rest of the way despite a tough schedule.
2009 Week 14 vs SD (19 / 30 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo had a solid game, both as the quarterback and as the placeholder for the kicker. He hasn't been a holder since the infamous botched extra point attempt against Seattle in the playoffs several years ago, but he did fine in his return to that aspect of the game in this contest. More importantly, he looked good as a passer. He didn't make many glaring mistakes, though he was bailed out by San Diego defenders' inability to hang onto the football on several occasions. He also had an extended quiet period that lasted from the middle of the first quarter until the middle of the third, during which he failed to complete a single pass. But he made up for it late, as he was given plenty of time to throw and that led to a garbage time touchdown hookup with WR Patrick Crayton with just two seconds left to play in the game.
2009 Week 15 vs NO (22 / 34 / 312 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 21 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo was in command once again in Week 15, continuing his high performance level of late on Saturday night against New Orleans. Romo connected on nearly 70% of his attempts and racked up over 300 yards as he worked the ball down the field against the Saints with throws at all depths. Romo connected often over the middle with TE Jason Witten while also creating downfield threats with Miles Austin including a long 49-yard pass on a stop and go route in the first quarter. The connection with Austin was Romo's 23rd touchdown this season and is averaging over 300 yards a game for the past four weeks. Romo also scrambled around in and out of the pocket to buy time and even took off for a seven yard gain on third-and-five in the third quarter. Romo is playing at a very high level right now and he will try to keep that up against the Redskins next week.
2009 Week 16 vs WAS (25 / 38 / 286 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Played within himself, taking what was given to him without forcing the ball downfield like he did so much last season. His lone TD toss was a thing of beauty; he used his pocket instincts to avoid the pass rush buying himself extra time to find Roy Williams in the back corner of the end zone. Romo's pocket presence is unreal at times, and his quick release makes him a tough QB to slow down. A tipped pass INT off the hands of Williams accounted for his first INT in 168 pass attempts. Aside for a long gainer to his buddy Jason Witten, Romo was content to nickel and dime the Redskins defense all night long. He did just that, coming close to another 300 yard effort. He is in a zone right now.
2009 Week 17 vs PHI (24 / 34 / 311 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo led the Cowboys to a huge victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17, completing over 70% of his attempts for 311 yards and two scores to lead Dallas to an NFC East crown and the third seed in the playoffs. Romo connected often with Jason Witten over the middle with big plays to Miles Austin and Patrick Crayton throughout the game. Romo topped his own team record with the fourth 300-yard passing game in the last six games to finish the year with 4,483 passing yards for the regular season. Romo was a little banged up by the end of the contest but he should be ready for the rematch in the Wild Card round on Saturday against Philadelphia.
2009 Week 18 vs PHI (23 / 35 / 244 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Romo was calm and collected throughout the game, making subtle moves in the pocket and accurate throws on time to move the offense. Simple design to passing plays early helped him get in Eagles territory only to have the drive stalled out by sacks and penalties. Romo made a great deep throw to Miles Austin later in the first half to draw a pass interference penalty and set up the game's first TD on a play action throw to John Phillips on first and goal. Romo weathered some good pressure from Philly in the first half to execute a trio of third-and-longs to keep drives alive and open up a nice first-half cushion on the scoreboard. His quick throw to Austin made Romo's second TD look like child's play, and he also executed the two-minute drill to perfection to put the Cowboys up 20 at the half. Romo didn't make any big plays in the second half, but he executed well to extend drives and keep the Eagles defense off balance when he was asked to throw.
2009 Week 19 vs MIN (22 / 35 / 198 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
The talk of Tony Romo finally turning the corner and becoming a "big game" quarterback has once again been silenced. Romo was awful on Sunday. He fumbled the ball three times (losing two) and threw an interception to Ben Leber on a play when he simply tried to make something out of nothing. On the play, Romo was forced to step up in the pocket. He focused his eyes on the right side of the field and after a pump fake, he half threw-half shoved a ball in to a swarm of 4 defenders, resulting in an easy interception. Romo's best throws came on early passes to tight ends Jason Witten and Martellus Bennet. However, as the game wore on Romo became less and less effective, finally resulting in a futile final 20 minutes where the Cowboys couldn't create any momentum.
2008 Week 1 vs CLE (24 / 32 / 320 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo was able to effectively move the Cowboys down the field primarily by passing. He started out by completing his first nine passes, and was rarely off target on his throws. Romo had plenty of time to throw in the first half and was able to pick apart the Cleveland secondary by going 13 of 16 for 175 and one TD. In the second half the Browns were able to get some pressure on him, but he was still able to move around in the pocket enough to find his receivers. On one play Romo was hit on the chin after he got the pass off and had to receive stitches on the sidelines after the drive was over. He did not miss any playing time and did not seem to be negatively affected by the stitches.
2008 Week 2 vs PHI (21 / 30 / 312 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / -5 / 0 rush)
Romo wasted no time going to work by hitting WR Terrell Owens deep down the field on a 72 yard pass. The touchdown throw was a perfect strike over the defense as he hit Owens in full stride. It was longest pass touchdown in Romo's young career. Things went down hill briefly for Romo as he threw an interception on the next possession that set up an Eagles' touchdown. On very next possession, with the Cowboys backed up in their own end zone, he bobbled the ball while trying to hand it the running back and the Eagles eventually recovered the ball for a touchdown. Romo came back and led the team on 54 yard drive and capped it off with a four yard touchdown pass to Owens. He was nine for 13 for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Romo's third touchdown of the game came on nice 17 yard pass to RB Marion Barber in the third quarter. The Philadelphia defense seemed to blitz a lot more in the second half as he seemed to have less time to pass in the second half. Despite the couple of miscues early in the game, Romo played very well, making several big plays in the second half.
2008 Week 3 vs GB (17 / 30 / 260 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
QB Tony Romo continued to be mistake prone despite his gaudy stats. He fumbled for a 14 yard loss in the red zone, threw a red zone interception, and was flagged for two intentional grounding plays. Romo finished with nice stats overall and is still a huge part in the effective, high powered Cowboys offense. Romo was under pressure on his 52 yard touchdown bomb to WR Miles Austin. He stepped up to avoid pressure and let the ball go before a pair of defenders closed in on him. He also had a couple of passes dropped by WR Terrell Owens.
2008 Week 4 vs WAS (28 / 47 / 300 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Romo was not afforded the normal time that he has enjoyed in previous weeks. Both he and the entire Dallas offense got off to a slower start as they adjusted to what Washington was doing. It certainly appeared that Romo was forcing the ball to Terrell Owens during the first half. Romo started to show some life late in the second quarter when he kept a drive alive by scrambling for a first down on key third down. Romo certainly showed flashes of greatness with his excellent pocket presence and he often stepped up in the pocket to avoid sacks and make plays down the field. The line on Romo was three scores and 300 yards passing. He was able to split his receptions and TDs to his various weapons. However, Romo will have nightmares about his terrible interception to Horton, as it was a real game changer.
2008 Week 5 vs CIN (14 / 23 / 176 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
Romo had a decent start and completed his first TD pass to Witten early in the second quarter. The Cowboys went up 17-0 on that play, and Romo and the rest of the offense went dormant after that. Whether Dallas became a little overconfident or the Bengals started playing better is hard to say; it seemed a little of both. Before his fourth quarter fireworks, Romo had completed only 10 of 19 passes with one INT and one fumble through three quarters. The Cowboys QB rarely threw to Terrell Owens in this game (only three targets), but at least Owens got loose for the long TD. As usual, Jason Witten was Romo's favorite target, but Patrick Crayton seemed an afterthought. Miles Austin had only one target, which he muffed and Crayton caught for a TD.
2008 Week 6 vs ARI (24 / 39 / 321 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo finished with excellent numbers, but one would not have expected it after the first half. He had an average first half, only completing nine of 15 for 81 yards before throwing a 55 yard touchdown pass to a wide open Patrick Crayton with a minute to go before half time. His low yardage totals were the result of being forced to throw it to his closer targets due to being under pressure. The pressure was most effective when it was coming from the back side and caused him to fumble three times, losing one. He did almost have another fumble in his own end zone that was recovered for a Cardinal touchdown but that call was changed after Wade Phillips challenged the call on the field, saying that Romo's arm was still in the passing motion. The second half went better as Romo led the Cowboys on a scoring drive on their first possession. Romo was six of seven on the drive, and capped it off by throwing a perfect pass to the front corner of the end zone to Miles Austin. Two possessions later Romo threw a short screen pass to Marion Barber, who took it 70 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown to pull Dallas to within three points. On the next passion Romo led the team 34 yards in less than 50 seconds to set up the game tying field goal.
2008 Week 11 vs WAS (19 / 27 / 198 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Not a bad first start back for Romo. He had a mixed game with some errors and also with some signs that he is capable of making all of the necessary throws. The Cowboys seemed content with throwing lots of check downs to Barber early on. This was likely done to get Romo some feel for the ball early on in the game. There were signs of rust and that the pinky is still bothering him some. He was picked by Hall to halt a drive deep in Redskins territory, he under threw Owens badly after double pumping. Romo had two interceptions on the day. On a positive note, he seems to be developing a good chemistry with newly acquired Roy Williams. The two hooked up for some decent gains. The high-light of the game for Romo was his shovel pass in the fourth quarter to Miles Austin after successfully avoiding the Redskins pass rush. It was very Favre like. On the very next play he hit a streaking Martellus Bennett for the winning touchdown.
2008 Week 12 vs SF (23 / 39 / 341 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo had a difficult time getting going as he was unable to connect with his receivers in the first quarter. He completed his first two passes, but the second completion was off target and he was helped by an excellent catch by his receiver. Romo then misfired on his next five passes before throwing his best pass of the game, and in process helped turn the game around. He connected with Terrell Owens on a deep bomb that Owens was able to take into the end zone and give the Cowboys their first lead. After that play Romo began to work the defense by mixing in short dump off passes to his backs with deep balls to his wide outs to keep the defense off balance. He still showed that the splint on his pinkie is affecting his throwing by putting up some inaccurate or wobbly passes.
2008 Week 13 vs SEA (22 / 34 / 331 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
It didn't take long for Romo to get going in this contest. On the first offensive drive of the day, he led the Cowboys down the field with medium-length passes to WR Roy Williams and TE Jason Witten and then capped it off as he rolled out to the right and fired a 16 yard pass to a wide-open TE Martellus Bennett. On the third drive he added a second score as he found TE Jason Witten wide open for an eight yard score. Romo would enjoy this kind of passing success through most of the first half. The second half, however, got off to a rockier start. On the Cowboys' first drive of the third quarter, Romo tried to hit WR Terrell Owens deep in the end zone, but instead put the ball in the hands of one of the two covering DBs, Marcus Trufant. He made up for it on the next drive, though, when he hit Owens on two consecutive plays for a combined 52 yards and a TD. After that final score, with the Cowboys up as many as 25 points, Dallas looked to the rushing game to run out the clock, and thus Romo's fourth quarter numbers were virtually non-existent. Overall it was still an impressive performance.
2008 Week 14 vs PIT (19 / 36 / 210 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Romo was not his usual self in the game, coming off a broken finger and also was affected by the tough playing conditions. He was not able to avoid the turnovers and gave Pittsburgh the ball four times. His hand got stepped on early in the game and that may have contributed to his problems. He was high on many throws, but also his receivers did not seem to help, running the wrong pattern more than a few times. One key mistake by TE Jason Witten led to a critical interception that sealed the game for Pittsburgh. Romo looked as if the cold weather may have affected his game.
2008 Week 15 vs NYG (20 / 30 / 244 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
Under duress for most of the night, Romo used his legs and athleticism a number of times to buy himself time to make big plays. An example of this came in the first quarter, when the quarterback threw a pass off his back foot to WR Terrell Owens that went for a pickup of 25 yards. On his scoring pass to WR Patrick Crayton in the second quarter, Romo extended the play by rolling to his right and then he threw a perfect ball on the run for the 35 yard touchdown. His second touchdown of the game came in the fourth quarter when he connected on a one yard scoring pass to FB Deon Anderson. Romo was slow to get up after a number of plays (it was reported in the first quarter that the he suffered a lower back contusion), but the quarterback gutted it out and was able to play the entire game.
2008 Week 16 vs BAL (24 / 45 / 252 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo had one of his worst games in recent memory. It was not apparent if his back injury, suffered last week, was the cause of his problems or something else was wrong. His passes seemed to hang up in the air, giving the defensive back plenty of time to make a play on the ball. Other times he was just off target as he overthrew his receivers on deep pass plays twice, passes that would have gone for touchdowns had he been able to connect with the receivers. His inability to connect with his receivers would haunt him as the Ravens blitzed him up the middle to create pressure and try to rattle him more. It took three quarters before Romo was able to connect with his receivers with any consistency, but that was when the game appeared to be well in hand and the Ravens were giving the receivers plenty of cushion, allowing them to catch the ball underneath and not giving up the big play.
2008 Week 17 vs PHI (21 / 39 / 183 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Romo was simply overwhelmed in this game and had three turnovers, two fumbles and one interception. He completed just 21 of 39 tosses for 183 yards. He was pressured often and looked out of sync with all of his receivers.
2007 Week 1 vs NYG (15 / 24 / 345 / 4 / 1 pass, 3 / 11 / 1 rush)
Romo had a huge game, especially in the second half. He started poorly, and was unable to connect with Terrell Owens in the first half. Three of his five passes to Owens were uncatchable. Romo did have some success in the first half due to Jason Witten. Whenever Romo needed a completion, he seemed to look for Witten over the middle. Witten caught six of seven targets in the first half, including three for first downs. He finished the half with an 11 yard touchdown reception and was the Cowboys' most targeted player in the half. Romo only threw ten passes in the second half, but every reception was important. All seven completions were for a first down or a touchdown. He found Terrell Owens for scores of 22 yards and 47 yards. The longest touchdown was caught by Sam Hurd for 51 yards on his only target of the second half. Romo also scored on the ground on a nine yard run.
2007 Week 2 vs MIA (14 / 29 / 186 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 36 / 0 rush)
Romo had problems with vision on the field, often forcing the ball into people instead of finding the open man. He had all day against the Miami pass defense, which covered well but put no pressure on Romo. One of the few times the Dolphins did put pressure on Romo, he managed to dump it off for a touchdown pass to Tony Curtis in the red zone. Romo showed great evasion throughout the game to avoid sacks and keep plays alive.
2007 Week 3 vs CHI (22 / 35 / 329 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo was the story of this game, throwing for 329 yards and two scores in helping lead the Cowboys offense to 27 points. Romo had a good first half, completing ten passes for 140 yards over the first two quarters. At one point in the second quarter, Dallas seemed to abandon the running game, instead showing confidence in Romo and almost exclusively relying on his right arm to move the ball. Romo followed up his good first half with an even better second half, torching the Bears in the third and fourth quarters for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Throughout the game he showed great pocket presence by side stepping the Chicago rush to buy himself time to complete passes. Romo's only interception of the game came on a high throw that deflected off the hands of WR Patrick Crayton and was picked off by S Adam Archuleta.
2007 Week 4 vs STL (21 / 33 / 339 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 24 / 1 rush)
Romo continued his strong play for the Cowboys, completing 21 of 33 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns through the air, along with 24 yards rushing and a score on the ground. Despite an interception in the first half, and the offense struggling to get going early on, Romo kept his cool and just continued to make plays. On one play in the first half, Romo was in the shotgun, and the snap was centered over his head. Romo juggled the ball after trying to pick it up, and when he got control, was able to turn what should have been a big loss into a short gain that resulted in a first down. He added a 15 yard touchdown run on a scramble play in the first half that put Dallas up 14-7 at halftime. In the third quarter, Romo exploded. He threw three touchdowns, two to WR Patrick Crayton from 59 and 37 yards out, and one to TE Jason Witten from 17 yards out to put the game away. Ahead 35-7, Romo gave way to backup Brad Johnson who finished out the game.
2007 Week 5 vs BUF (29 / 50 / 309 / 2 / 5 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Romo had a very shaky game, despite the decent stat line. He threw INTs on his first two passes, the first of which was returned for a TD. He threw two more picks on consecutive possessions in the second quarter, the second one also resulting in a Buffalo TD. He settled down a little after that, but the turnover bug bit him again in the fourth quarter as he once again gave up the ball on consecutive possessions. And believe it or not, it could have been worse, as Bills defenders whiffed on two other passes that could have been INTs, including a drop by Terrence McGee in the final minutes that would have sealed the Buffalo victory. Yet somehow, despite all the adversity and mistakes, Romo managed to lead the Cowboys to two scores in the final 20 seconds to pull out the win. He struggled on occasion with the Buffalo pass rush, but the disturbing thing about his INTs is that he usually had plenty of time to throw. Romo was forced to scramble a couple of times, and on his last run he fumbled the ball away. Romo ultimately threw to seven different receivers, but Jason Witten was his favorite target by far. WR Patrick Crayton was also quite active, especially in the second half, but Romo seemed out of synch with Terrell Owens the entire evening. RB Marion Barber got most of his looks late, as the Cowboys were scrambling to pull out the win.
2007 Week 6 vs NE (18 / 29 / 199 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo entered the game second in both passing yardage and touchdowns. He was at his best running a hurry-up offense on Dallas' last drive of the first half. On the drive, Romo kept the New England defense off balance and completed eight of his nine passes for 104 yards (over 100 due to penalties), including a 12 yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens. His only incompletion on the drive also should have been complete, as Terrell Owens was clearly pushed out before he could get both of his feet down. Romo only completed half of his other 20 passes during the rest of the game, but his eight yard touchdown pass to Patrick Crayton gave the Cowboys the lead in the third quarter. Romo's interception in the fourth quarter sealed the Cowboy's fate. Romo was under heavy pressure on the play and threw behind his receiver right into the hands of Junior Seau. Romo lost one yard on a kneel down play after Dallas had conceded the game.
2007 Week 7 vs MIN (31 / 39 / 277 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Romo had an excellent afternoon throwing the ball. He was extremely efficient completing almost 80% of his passes. He had ample time for most of the afternoon to find receivers, who were more often than not, wide open. His lone touchdown pass was to Terrell Owens on the first drive of the game. He looked to Jason Witten most often, using the short passing game in place of the running game. He did not throw an interception.
2007 Week 9 vs PHI (20 / 25 / 324 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo completed 20 of his 25 pass attempts for 324 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He started the game completing his first nine passes on his way to an 80 percent completion percentage on the day. While he did not run the ball, he used his mobility to buy time in the pocket throughout the day, though the Eagles pass rush looked far from spectacular. Romo targeted Terrell Owens often in this one, and he rewarded him with a big day. Brad Johnson replaced Romo with 5:27 remaining in the game, but just handed off the ball and kneeled for the Cowboys win.
2007 Week 10 vs NYG (20 / 28 / 247 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo had another career game as he posted a total of 247 yards and four passing touchdowns. He completed 20 of 28 passes, throwing well from inside and outside of the pocket as he hit many open Cowboy receivers, most of which gained a good amount of yards after the catch.
2007 Week 11 vs WAS (22 / 32 / 293 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo completed 22 of his 32 passes for 293 yards with four scores and one interception. Romo by his standards was having a slow day through the first half and into the 3rd quarter, but the Terrell Owens show began, and Romo road him for one stretch of three catches, 129 yards, and three touchdowns in the late third and into the fourth quarter for a win. Romo had an interception over-turned, and nearly threw another in the game, but generally played a composed game and had complete control of the offense. Center Andre Gurode had some trouble with shotgun snaps as there were two that sailed over Romo's head. On both occasions Romo was able to scramble back to recover, and get the ball off before taking the sack. Once was deep to Owens that could have been caught, but actually went for his only interception of the game. The other was on third and four, and was caught by Owens for five yards and a first down.
2007 Week 12 vs NYJ (21 / 28 / 195 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Romo was not spectacular, but still efficient. He was proficient at executing a game plan that called for him to focus more on shorter and intermediate passes, and still managed to show his improvisational skills at times when he had to evade a pass rusher and make a play to keep the drive going. He threw 15 of his 28 passes to Owens and Witten and continued to have a very good rapport with both players. Romo gave way to Brad Johnson with just under four minutes remaining in the game.
2007 Week 13 vs GB (19 / 30 / 309 / 4 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Romo came out and looked very good early on leading the Cowboys to two scoring drives on there first couple possessions. But the drives bogged down in Green Bay territory and they had to settle for two field goals. On their third possession, Romo capitalized on a Packers' turnover by finding WR Patrick Crayton open in the back of the end zone on a three yard pass. He was given plenty of time to throw and pick apart the Packers' zone defense. He hit Terrell Owens on 48 yards pass and came back to throw a strike to TE Anthony Fasano on a great pass on the right side for a 26 yard touchdown. Romo did a great job of looking off the safeties and throwing a perfect pass to Fasano over the defender. The Cowboys would draw a big pass interference penalty which would set up Romo's third touchdown pass of the first half with a ten yard pass to Terrell Owens. He finished the first half nine for 15 for 197 yards. In that half, the Packers did not get much pressure on Romo, and he did a great job of finding open receivers. Romo started off slow in the second half but completed a big 35 yard pass to WR Patrick Crayton on third and 19 deep in Dallas territory. It was a huge play because it looked like the momentum of the game had turned in Green Bay favor, but Romo was able to lead the Cowboys down into Packer's territory. The Cowboys should have had a touchdown but, Owens had the ball hit him in the hands in the end zone and bounce up in the air for a Packers defender to intercept. Dallas got the ball deep in Green Bay territory after a 42 yard interference penalty. Romo would find Crayton again on crossing route for four yard touchdown and his fourth touchdown. Romo played an excellent game and his play was the difference maker in this contest. Also, give credit to the Cowboys offensive line as they gave Romo all day to throw the ball.
2007 Week 14 vs DET (35 / 44 / 302 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo continues to enjoy the best season of his short career. He looked cool and calm in directing the Dallas offense, even though he was under pressure for part of the game. The defense took away his deep threats, so he was content in throwing the ball in the middle to Jason Witten and in the flat to Marion Barber III. Romo looked his best in directing the offense in the two minute drill at the end of each half. He was 14 of 16 for 123 yards and two touchdowns combined on the drives that led to two Dallas touchdowns.
2007 Week 15 vs PHI (13 / 36 / 214 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
Tony Romo completed only 13 of 36 passes for 214 yards with three interceptions. He did not have any touchdowns on the day, and gained 16 yards on the ground. Romo struggled with the Eagles pass rush throughout the game, and came just short on a couple of long plays to Owens on overthrows. Romo's only completions of the first half were to his tight ends. Romo injured the thumb on his throwing hand in the third quarter, and though he stayed in the game he struggled with inaccuracy from that point forward.
2007 Week 16 vs CAR (28 / 42 / 257 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 13 / 0 rush)
Romo bounced back from questions about his thumb and personal press box invites to complete 67% of his passes for an average of 6.6 yards per attempt. Romo was able to throw the ball crisply, though did occasionally have difficulty with the ball sailing on him when he tried to throw across his body. While he was unable to connect with Jason Witten in the first half, he leaned on his tight end heavily in the second half and found other options off the bench. Romo showed good mobility and was able to avoid a few sacks and gain positive yardage.
2007 Week 17 vs WAS (7 / 16 / 86 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo was only in the game to get a few reps and earn the Cowboy franchise record for completions in a single season. This effort caused some trepidation for Dallas fans, though, as he appeared injured at the end of the first half. Ultimately, he returned to the game, but left after the series on which he set the record. He was intercepted in the first quarter on a pass intended for Terry Glenn. Romo completed less than half of his passes and didn't throw a touchdown.
2007 Week 19 vs NYG (18 / 36 / 201 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Romo had a relatively off game, as he only completed half of his passes. To his credit though, his receivers did seem to drop an above average amount of passes. Romo's preferred targets were Jason Witten and Terrell Owens, the former of which led the team in receiving stats, while Owens scored the Cowboys' only receiving touchdown. He also scrambled three times for 17 yards.
2006 Week 6 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 35 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo came on at end of fourth quarter and threw the third TD pass that Terrell Owens caught.
2006 Week 7 vs NYG (14 / 25 / 227 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Romo began badly and was intercepted on his first pass after the ball was tipped by Michael Strahan and caught by Antonio Pierce. He improved after that and found Terrell Owens for an eight yard score on the Cowboys' third drive of the second half, and ran in the two point conversion himself. But Romo was inconsistent and he made a lot of mistakes. He was intercepted after throwing an inaccurate screen pass intended for Julius Jones. He threw the ball up to avoid a sack on the following drive and should have been intercepted, but the defender couldn't make the play. After leading the team to the Giants' four yard line, Romo was intercepted by Kevin Dockery for a 96 yard touchdown. Romo did find Patrick Crayton for a 53 yard touchdown late in the game, but the game was well beyond reach by that point. There were some positives to be drawn from Romo's performance. He made quick decisions and showed good mobility at times. He was able to buy time for his receivers to get open. Jason Witten became a dangerous target and was very involved while Romo was in the game.
2006 Week 8 vs CAR (24 / 36 / 270 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 18 / 0 rush)
Romo made head coach Bill Parcell's decision to start him over incumbent Drew Bledsoe look good, as he lead the Cowboys from 14 points down to a resounding 21 point victory. He didn't take long to showcase the primary different between his game and Bledsoe's--he can scramble. He earned a few first downs and avoided pressure well buy using his feet. Romo finished the game with 18 yards on four scrambles. As suspected, he preferred Terrell Owens and Jason Witten in the passing game, distributing double-digit targets to each. Romo completed 66% of his passes and hooked up with Witten for his only touchdown toss of the game.
2006 Week 9 vs WAS (24 / 36 / 284 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Romo posted a strong effort in his second start since unseating Drew Bledsoe. He didn't record an official pass attempt until the 3:10 mark in the first quarter, but came away from the game with 284 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Romo moved well in and around the pocket, getting the ball out to his receivers early to avoid the blitzing Redskins defense. He looked very sharp running the hurry-up offense at the end of the first half and again at the end of the game, giving Mike Vanderjagt a chance to win it for Dallas with an outstanding pass to TE Jason Witten to set up the potential game winning field goal. It certainly looks like Drew Bledsoe will be riding the pine for the foreseeable future.
2006 Week 10 vs ARI (20 / 29 / 308 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
He again showed remarkable poise, completing 20 of 29 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns. His mobility enables him to scramble away from the pass rush to either buy some time until a receiver gets open or to run for a first down on his own. He nearly led the Cowboys back against the Redskins, and put up 35 points against Carolina. After this performance, Romo gives the Cowboys real hope at making a playoff run in these remaining games.
2006 Week 11 vs IND (19 / 23 / 226 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 3 / 0 rush)
Despite throwing an interception and losing a fumble, Romo was very efficient and did what was asked of him. He looked comfortable directing the offense, and made several nice throws on the run to his receivers. Romo did not attempt many long passes, but he was very accurate, missing only four of his pass attempts. He made several plays as a result of his ability to elude the Colts' pass rush and buy additional time in the pocket. Romo spread the ball around in the first half, but made an adjustment in the second half and successfully targeted Terry Glenn several times, which helped the Cowboys' offense be more productive.
2006 Week 12 vs TB (22 / 29 / 306 / 5 / 0 pass, 3 / -4 / 0 rush)
Romo had a career game, which doesn't sound remarkable considering he has been a starter for all of about a month, but this one was different. This career game could easily have been any NFL quarterback's career game - 306 yards and FIVE touchdown passes. The NFL record for a game is six, so Romo's career best goes way up on the chart. Romo completed over 75% of his passes including four for 20 yards or more, finishing the game with a nearly perfect 148.9 QB rating. His completion percentage is also remarkable considering his receivers dropped four catchable passes. Romo was confident and relaxed all afternoon under relatively no pressure (sacked just once), playing a nearly flawless game before the home crowd. Four of his five touchdown passes were from close range, including two very short tosses to RB Marion Barber and a third to WR Terry Glenn. The other touchdowns were solid QB plays, however, with a 30 yard score going to Glenn and the fifth TD going to WR Terrell Owens on a seven yard slant. Romo left little doubt that he is capable of leading an NFL team and that HC Bill Parcells chose the right man to give the Cowboys their best chance to not only make the playoffs but also compete for a chance to get to Miami in February.
2006 Week 13 vs NYG (20 / 34 / 257 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Romo was a little wild in the first half but settled down to lead Dallas to two fourth quarter scores that sealed the win for the Cowboys. Romo completed 20 of 34 passes for 257 yards. He didn't throw any touchdowns but did have two interceptions. He had a couple of near misses in the end zone but neither one was brought down for a completion. Romo's scrambling ability has been a huge asset for the Dallas offense. Once again, he avoided a number of sacks by dodging the New York pass rush. He almost committed a cardinal sin when he was nearly sacked with no timeouts and time running out in the first half. He avoided the rush and threw the ball away, allowing Dallas to kick a field goal and take the lead 10-7 at the half. His best throw came with just a minute remaining in the game. The Giants had just tied the game when Romo scrambled to his left and found Witten down the field for a 42 yard gain. It put Dallas at the New York 26 yard line and allowed Dallas to kick the game winning field goal.
2006 Week 14 vs NO (16 / 33 / 249 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)
Romo had an off game, completing less than half of his passes and throwing two interceptions. He did managed one touchdown to Terrell Owens, but even that pass should've been intercepted. Instead it went through the hands of the defender and fell to Owens like a gift. It was an easy touchdown after the missed interception. Romo didn't seem comfortable all game, and made more mistakes than in his previous outings. He only completed 48.5% of his passes. Romo's preferred targets were Glenn (13), Owens (nine), and tight end Jason Witten (seven).
2006 Week 15 vs ATL (22 / 29 / 278 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo started the game strong going seven for nine for 64 yards and one touchdown in the first quarter. He led the Cowboys on an 11 play, 66 yard touchdown drive on their second possession of game. On that drive, he hit Terrell Owens on seven yard pass in the end zone on a nice pass he put over Owens right shoulder. Romo had a ball tipped on a third and short play and it was intercepted by Atlanta in the second quarter. The play changed momentum of the game as the Falcons eventually scored a touchdown after the interception and it got Atlanta back into the game. But Romo would come back late in the second quarter as he hit Terrell Owens again for another touchdown on a beautiful pass for 51 yards. He hit Owens in full stride showing his arm strength and ability to throw a great deep ball. Romo had an excellent first half going 11 for 15 for 132 yards and two touchdowns. In the second half, Romo did a good job of moving the Cowboys' offense as threw for 146 yards and didn't have any turnovers. Marion Barber got both of Dallas' touchdowns in the second half as the Cowboys ran the ball with a little more proficiency in the redzone. Romo did a good job of distributing the ball to many different receivers and finding the open man.
2006 Week 16 vs PHI (14 / 29 / 142 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 42 / 0 rush)
Romo could not get the Cowboys' offense in gear, as he completed just 14 passes on 29 attempts for less than 150 yards. His only touchdown came in the second quarter as he scrambled to buy time and eventually found an improvising Terrell Owens in the back middle of the end zone. Romo pressed to make things happen in the second half, but he often overthrew the ball deep, which resulted in two fourth quarter interceptions. Both Owens and WR Terry Glenn dropped a pass each, but neither play would have been the sole difference. Romo added 42 total yards rushing, including two scrambles for fourth quarter first downs of 12 and 14 yards, but it was too little too late for Dallas.
2006 Week 17 vs DET (23 / 32 / 321 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)
Romo passed for a career high 321 yards to close out the regular season. He threw his two longest career completions, a 56 yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens and a 54 yard pass to Terry Glenn. Romo completed nearly 72 percent of his passes, but did not protect the ball well. He overthrew Anthony Fasano and was intercepted by Kenoy Kennedy. He also fumbled four times and lost two of them. One of the fumbles killed a Dallas drive deep in Detroit territory. On the play, Romo scrambled to buy time; he was rolling left and looking for an open receiver when he was hit from behind and fumbled; Romo was guilty of holding the ball both too long and two carelessly. Romo fumbled on two other occasions without being touched. On the first occasion, he dropped the ball in his own end zone. He maintained his cool, picked the ball up, and completed a pass to Terrell Owens that converted a first down. However, the second unforced fumble was recovered by Kalimba Edwards and led to a Lions' field goal that gave them an eight point lead with just over one minute to play. Romo scrambled four times for sixteen yards. He was forced to run on Dallas' last gasp fourth and goal play from the six, but was stopped at the one yard line.
2006 Week 18 vs SEA (17 / 29 / 189 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Romo struggled early in the game with his accuracy. He threw many passes into the ground or at the feet of intended receivers. Often he was being put on the move because of the pass rush, but to his credit he displayed nimble enough feet avoiding sacks. Late in the second quarter he marched the Cowboys down the field and threw a touchdown pass to WR Patrick Crayton. Before that play he was able to convert a fourth and two with a 32 yard completion to TE Jason Whitten. In the second half Romo looked much more poised completing eight of eleven passes, but didn't get much help from his teammates. RB Marion Barber and both of the starting receivers suffered terrible drops. WR Terry Glenn and TE Jason Whitten each lost a fumble. At the end of the game Romo muffed the hold on a field goal that would have likely won the game. This game will be remembered for this one play and the solid plays that he made down the stretch will be forgotten.
2005 Week 5 vs PHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Romo took a knee twice to end the game.