Tony Romo: Dallas Cowboys QB's Fourth-Quarter Play Seals Victory in Cincinnati

Rob BrownCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 09: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to pass the ball while under pressure against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dallas won 20-19. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys fans for the most part have always defended their quarterback and Sunday’s game will only fuel their faith. Tony Romo, possibly the most criticized, winning quarterback in the NFL, provided just enough offense to get past a good Cincinnati Bengals team late in the game.

If there’s one thing we hear about Romo, its how he can’t win late in games or in December. But, Sunday he did both.

Romo went 11-for-15 in the final quarter, throwing for 128 yards and a touchdown. On the final drive, he was 4-for-6 and put the Cowboys in place for Dan Bailey’s game-winning field goal. It was the sixth game-winner of Bailey’s young career.

Romo is behind the worst offensive line in the NFC East but somehow still manages to keep his team in the game and keep defenses guessing. In the fourth quarter alone, he hit six different receivers at different areas of the field. Regardless, if it was Dez Bryant in the middle of the field or DeMarco Murray in the flat, Romo managed the team with confidence and threw the ball with great accuracy.

Anti-Romo fans will quickly forget this kind of play and would rather hold on to the negatives. But the fact of the matter is that he has played very well in recent weeks. It’s believed that Romo can’t perform in December (even though he didn’t have a single interception in December 2011 along with eight touchdowns).

Romo has started the month with a 4:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 571 passing yards through two games.

Whether you’re a Romo fan or not, his play as of late can’t be denied. This team just won a game on the road against another team who is contending for a wild card spot. Romo was a key part of that win. If the ‘Boys want to see the postseason, they’ll need Romo to continue playing just like he did on Sunday.