Tony Romo got it done in the fourth quarter. When his team absolutely needed it, Romo rallied his troops in a windy and frigid New Meadowlands Stadium and led his team to a crucial road victory to claim first place in the NFC East.
Romo and the offense certainly came through in the clutch, but the real story was the Dallas Cowboys‘ defense. They held the New York Giants‘ offense in check for the most part. The Giants ground game did some damage, but Eli Manning and company could muster nothing through the air.
The Cowboys’ defense was ranked dead last in the league coming into this game as defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin‘s unit had given up an average of almost 440 yards per game. That said, the unit mustered up an outstanding effort minus their leader in Sean Lee. With the Giants now out of the running, this makes the picture pretty clear in the NFC East: it is between the Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles for the crown.
It may very well come down to the last game of the season when the Eagles travel to Arlington, Texas in a contest that looks like it will be for all the marbles. It is extremely hard to figure this division. One week, one team looks to assert control, and it all changes in the next. While the Eagles are the hottest team in the division, the Cowboys just made a statement by going on the road to New York and winning a game that most experts pegged as a loss.
Right now, the Cowboys sit in first. As it has been all season though, this is subject to change on a weekly basis.