While Cowboy fans were screaming for Romo’s head on a platter last year when Romo’s muffed snap hold cost us a playoff win and sent us home for the year, somehow I knew that Tony Romo would be back and better than ever. But Romo’s performance so far, during an amazing 4-0 start for the silver and blue, has been nothing short of breathtaking.
In just a few months, Romo has gone from the outhouse to the penthouse.
After four games, the Cowboys have scored 151 points. That four-game total ranks fourth since the 1970 merger. The top three teams on that list (2002 Raiders, 2000 Rams and 1992 Bills) went to Super Bowls.
Romo’s numbers are also crazy. He threw for 339 yards, completed more than 60 percent of his passes and threw or ran for four touchdowns.
Here is the way Dallas Morning News columnist, Tim Cowlishaw, described it:
Tony Romo had two thoughts as he raced toward his own goal line to retrieve Andre Gurode’s wild, high snap from center.
“Don’t give up a touchdown. Don’t get killed,” Romo said later.
Instead, on a play that could have been disastrous and allowed St. Louis to hang around in a game for who knows how much longer, Romo sparked a furious Cowboys scoring burst and added to his growing legend.
The Cowboys blew out the Rams with three third-quarter touchdowns for a 35-7 win at Texas Stadium as they began a season with four straight 30-point games for the first time in 21 years.
But late in the second quarter, it was still a 7-7 game when Gurode sent a snap way over Romo’s head. When Romo got a handle on the ball at the Cowboys’ 17-yard line, he was 33 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Yes, 33.
Romo considered throwing the ball away, but it was third down.
He sidestepped linebacker Raonall Smith and eventually ran out of bounds at the Rams’ 46-yard line for a 4-yard gain and a first down with 43 seconds to play in the half.
“When that happened, it reminded me of [Roger] Staubach,” Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. “It was a miracle play. It jump-started us, the crowd, everybody.”
“I’ve never seen anyone do that,” said linebacker Greg Ellis, who returned to action Sunday. “That play right there will go down as one of the greatest plays in the history of the NFL.”
It’s a play that great players make. They find a way; they ignite a spark.
Obviously, Romo is not alone in his quest for an exceptional season. The defense has been incredible (I know because they are my fantasy football defense as well), featuring great outings from DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Henry and Anthony Spencer, running back Marion Barber is putting up incredible numbers, and T.O., Witten and Crayton are having great years.
But it is impossible to deny that without Tony Romo, we would not be 4-0. Go Romo, and let’s go, Cowboys!!!