With a trip to the postseason on the line in the last regular-season game that any NFL teams played in 2012—a de facto playoff game—Romo threw away the NFC East division title to the Washington Redskins. The part of his performance that raised eyebrows wasn’t that he made a mistake—he has a reputation as a guy who turns the ball over too much.
It’s that he was playing so well in the games immediately before—and then chucked three interceptions against a bad pass defense in a game that the Cowboys had to win for any shot whatsoever at a Super Bowl appearance. In the four games before Dallas’ showdown with the Washington Redskins, Romo completed 103-of-155 passes (66.5 percent) for 1,328 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception.
His passer rating was well into the triple-digits—it was 150.5 against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13—in three of the four games. Still, Romo’s crunch-time deficiencies were highlighted on Sunday Night Football: He went 20-of-37 (54.1 percent) for 218 yards, two TDs and three picks.
Washington is ranked 30th in pass defense.
I thought Dallas would exploit the Skins secondary but they couldn't handle the blitz. Disappointing finish for Cowboys.
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) December 31, 2012
It comes as little surprise to Cowboys fans that Romo wasn’t able to play his best in the biggest moments for his team. For whatever reason, they’ve been through this before—which is why there shouldn’t be expectations that he’ll get axed in the offseason.
Cowboys are 2-11 in Week 17 since 2000 season (worst record in NFL)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 31, 2012
It’s well-known that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is quite partial to head coach Jason Garrett as well as Romo. He’ll stick with his guys and—in Romo’s case—it’s with good reason. There has been far too much horrific quarterback play this season to throw away an adequate passer.
Still...#Cowboys would be 4-12 without Romo this year
— Matt Williamson (@WilliamsonNFL) December 31, 2012
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