Cowboys vs. Giants: Romo Overcomes Early Mistake and Finds Winning Connection

Aaron Nagler@Aaron_NaglerNFL National Lead WriterSeptember 6, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05:  quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass as running back DeMarco Murray #29 blocks against the New York Giants during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It was the kind of boneheaded throw you see young, inexperienced quarterbacks make. 

Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo locked in on what was to become his favorite receiver during the season-opening showdown between the Cowboys and the New York Giants and let rip a throw to wide receiver Kevin Ogletree.

Unfortunately, for Romo and the Cowboys anyway, Giants linebacker Michael Boley was waiting and returned the interception to the precipice of the goal line.

The reaction was almost palpable around the stadium: "same ol' Tony Romo."

The scrutiny with which Romo has had to play over the course of his career would be enough to suffocate men made of lesser stuff. Everyone knows the book on Romo, or thought they did before this latest win.

He can make plays, can put up big numbers...and then devastate you with boneheaded plays you would be surprised to see a rookie QB make, let alone a 12-year veteran franchise quarterback. 

The Cowboys were playing good defense, the offense was stopping and starting, the Cowboys were in it. And then Romo seemingly self-destructed. Except this time, his blunder would not end up defining his night—or, as it quite possibly could have, haunting his season.

Instead, Tony Romo bounced back in a big, big way. 

Hitting Dez Bryant and Ogletree seemingly at will on slants that looked to be open all day, Romo quietly engineered two touchdown drives—one right before the end of the first half—to put his team out ahead and give it a lead it would never relinquish. 

Whether deftly avoiding the rush and finding receivers while fleeing the oncoming hoards of Giants defensive linemen, or seeing an opening and diving for first downs on his own, Romo took matters into his own hands and continually kept drives alive. 

As for his breakout star receiver, Romo told me there was no specific plan to get Ogletree the ball against Michael Coe, the terribly overmatched cornerback starting in place of injured Prince Amukamara for the defending champs, but that he certainly saw it as a mismatch and tried to take advantage of it whenever he could. 

For Ogletree's part, the suddenly famous wide receiver was asked about his knack for being Romo's outlet almost every time he got in trouble.

"Just doing what we practice," he told a group of reporters. "Trying every down, every opportunity I get, to be reliable, accountable, be where I'm supposed to be, and make that play for my team."

There's no doubt Romo and the Cowboys will be looking for that connection to continue well into the season.