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The King of November suffered through another dismal December and January last season, finishing 2-3 down the stretch while helping to blow a division lead. He’s now a meager 9-14 in December and January and, like his overvalued franchise, has seen his star has fade in critical circumstances.
In Week 14, Romo and the Cowboys had the chance to finish off the Giants at home. Losers of four straight, New York was in a tailspin and was tittering on the verge of disaster.
Up 34-29 with 2:25 remaining, Romo overthrew a wide-open Miles Austin, who had nothing but field turf in front of him, on third down. Eli Manning then drove for the game-winning touchdown on the ensuing possession.
To be fair, Dallas did miss a potential tying field goal in losing 37-34.
Romo choked three weeks later with the NFC East title and a playoff berth on the line. Sure, he was 29 of 37 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw an interception and lost a fumble while converting just 4-of-12 on third downs.
More horrors lie ahead this December. The month begins with a visit from Philadelphia. Tilts against Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and New Orleans—all playoff teams in 2011—follow.
The season will conclude in Washington on Dec. 30, allowing Romo and his teammates ample time to travel to their New Year's Eve destination of choice.