The Dallas Cowboys had a chance to put a stamp on the NFC East division and the Denver Broncos in one drive. From the beginning of Sunday's contest, Tony Romo went toe-to-toe with Peyton Manning and actually out dueled him for long stretches of the game. Stephen A. Smith of ESPN First Take says he was never worried about Denver losing and "somehow, someway" Dallas would make a critical error. That's exactly what Tony Romo did.
Tony Romo was firing bullets and using his feet to manipulate the pocket all day long. However, he shouldn't let anybody other than himself take the blame for the loss. The backlash will be heavy on the quarterback, but that shouldn't matter. It's evident that he wasn't the only reason that Dallas lost, but by stepping up to the podium and holding himself accountable may work wonders.
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Romo finished with 506 yards and five touchdown passes. Still, when it came down to crunch time, Tony Romo made the critical mistake at the worst possible moment. His bad decision cost Dallas the biggest victory of the season. It effectively wiped out his 58 minute performance.
There's definitely two sides to this story. Danny Trevathan made a great interception on the play. He even admitted to knowing the play due to the formation and recognized the route combo. While it was a great defensive play, Trevathan should not have been able to make it.
Tony Romo had a check down to his wide open running back. Not being able to step into his throw wouldn't have mattered at that point.
Does the interception negate all of Tony Romo's prowess on Sunday? Yes. The reason why is because we've seen Tony Romo do this before. When the moment got to its brightest light, he folded while trying to make a play.
Jerry Jones called this a moral victory. That only works if Dallas builds off of this close loss. If the Cowboys lose their next game and Romo has a bad game, everything will have been forgotten. Jerry Jones also said Romo "played the best game he's ever played."
The only saving grace is that every team in the NFC East is below 500.