Romo Trips, Stumbles And Dallas Falls

jeff rhorerContributor IJanuary 17, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws and incomplete pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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   The Minnesota Vikings came out banging as Tony Romo leaves Dallas hanging.

   Last week in Dallas Tony Romo played brilliantly and shook the playoff monkeys off his back. Today in Minnesota the monkeys are back and they're wearing purple. Tony Romo had a huge reversal of fortune. He could do nothing right in Minnesota as the Vikings hurried, hit and harassed him all day. Romo fumbled and fumbled and fumbled again as the pressure from a relentless Vikings defense came crushing down in a purple wave to smash Dallas's hopes against the rocks.  Adding an interception and batting the ball back in Romos face, the Vikings took it to the Dallas quarterback all day.

   Brett Favre was everything Romo was not. Favre was sharp, cool and accurate all day as he torched the Dallas defense for multiple touchdowns (3) to his new star receiver Sidney Rice, and one more to tight end Visanthe Shancoe who added the insult with under two minutes to play. Brett finished with a passer rating over 130. Dallas was humiliated and outclassed by the Vikings by the score of 34-3 and leaves Jerry Jones with a tough decision to make on Wade Phillips coaching career.