When the Dallas Cowboys take the field tonight, all eyes will be on the right hand of quarterback Tony Romo. But bruised hand or not, he will have no problems overcoming the New York Giants' porous defense.
The team has said all week that he is going to play and nothing that has happened in practice has changed that.
Romo has been criticized by fans and analysts throughout his career for folding down the stretch and in the postseason. But all of that was in the past—this is a new year and a new Romo.
Just look at the numbers Romo and the Cowboys put up in December. In the three full games that he played, he has completed 70 percent of his passes with 869 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Anything that Romo has done in the past is certainly having no bearing on how he is playing now. And it has gone largely unnoticed thanks to the performances of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady.
The Giants, meanwhile, do not have the defensive playmakers necessary to hold Romo down. Their secondary has been banged up since the preseason. They rank 27th against the pass this year, and Romo just picked them apart three weeks ago.
Even with Osi Umenyiora likely suiting up for the Giants defense this week, Romo is still going to pick them apart and carry the Cowboys to the division championship.
He has played through a broken rib and punctured lung earlier this season. If you think that a bruised hand will keep him down, you haven't been paying attention to what he has been doing.