When the Dallas Cowboys blew a 26-3 halftime lead to the Green Bay Packers to eventually lose 37-36 it certainly felt like a dose of deja vu for many fans around the NFL. Just as usual, a main culprit in the loss was quarterback Tony Romo who threw two interceptions on the Cowboys final two drives, which both handed the game to the Packers and cemented their lead.
What the quarterback also likely did was take one huge step towards icing his taxi out of Dallas, which is surely coming soon. During Romo’s career, he has a 12-19 record during the month of December. He simply has not been able to bring the games that make playoff appearances and build legacies. It seems as if every time the Cowboys and their quarterback have a chance to make the playoffs and win championships over the last eight years that their signal caller drops the ball, both figuratively and literally. On Sunday, this came in the form of those two late interceptions, and it can be said that these turnovers almost seemed to be inevitable for fans given the struggles displayed in recent seasons.
Sure, some people will point out that Romo went 29-for-48 for 358 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to the Cowboys, which brought his all time touchdown and interception total in the month of December to 46 and 26, which is entirely respectable. They will also comment that Dallas has perennially had porous defenses, and that this is especially true during the 2013 season, and they would certainly have a good point.
But while these would both be good points in most cases, being the quarterback of the Cowboys is not a typical case. Furthermore, it can be assured that Dallas owner Jerry Jones is much more interested in the number of Super Bowl’s that his teams bring in than the statistical output of any single player, and he has to be fed up with watching Romo blow games late in the season.
Dallas now sits at 7-7 after losing on Sunday, a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the race for the NFC East, with a pivotal Week 17 matchup between the two teams looming. Losing this game would knock the Cowboys out of the playoffs for the fourth straight year — and the fifth in six seasons — and would effectively seal Romo’s fate as the antithesis of Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, who both knew how to win when it counted.
Ultimately this would likely result in Romo exiting Dallas just nine months after signing a six-year $108 million deal, which would seem crazy on the surface of things. But once again one must consider that these are the Jerry Jones’ Cowboys, and money is no issue.
Currently, winning surely is though.