For as long as he’s been in the league, Dallas Cowbowys quarterback Tony Romo has taken criticism for his inability to win the big game or make a crucial play when it matters. Fans around the Dallas area have come to expect him to choke when the team needs him the most.
Over the past two years, he has had bad games in the final game of the season when the Cowboys could make the playoffs with a win. A couple of weeks ago in a offensive showdown with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, Romo threw a critical interception on the potential game-winning drive. The Broncos then scored to win the game.
On Sunday, Cowboys fans saw the same scenario play out as Romo threw another interception with less than five minutes to go in the game. This time, however, he was able to redeem himself as later on he threw the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute to go in the game. Not only did he throw the game-winning touchdown, but he took the offense 90 yards down the field for the score.
Even though it was the Minnesota Vikings and it was a game that they were supposed to win by 10 points, it was an important drive for Romo and the offense. They had to come from behind in order to get the victory. This is the type of situation that could help build confidence for the offense in general.
Nobody would publicly question Romo or his leadership ability, but you have to wonder if the team was starting to question his judgement in clutch situations. This game against Minnesota could go a long way in reducing any questions the team has going forward. With the NFC East wide open, it’s important for there to be no question marks going forward.