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Tony Romo heard the clamor after the loss to the Jets. Does he have a propensity to make mistakes in big moments? Is he the wrong quarterback for the Cowboys?
Once again, but this time with no Dez Bryant on the field, Romo started the game hot. It wasn't long before his play started to flounder though, and soon enough a big hit fractured one of Romo's ribs.
Romo left the game, and, after a slight comeback by John Kitna, the Cowboys trailed the San Francisco 49ers by 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Then, grimacing in obvious pain from his injury, Romo strapped on a helmet and came back in the game.
Showing tenacity that some didn't think he had, Romo lead the team back into the game culminating in a field goal kick to win in overtime.
Romo's numbers were impressive again. He went 20 for 33 with 345 yards and two touchdowns, but Romo posted similar statistics after the loss to the Jets, minus a interception and a fumble.
It wasn't the yardage total that made Cowboy fans revel in the victory. It was how the team won. The Cowboys fought back from a deficit in front of an unfriendly audience.
The team looked down and out after Romo left the game (although the game did get tied for a brief moment).
It is not that San Francisco is a great team. The Cowboys were the favorite and should have won, but the most important thing that came out of the victory in San Francisco is that Romo wasn't afraid to put the team on his shoulders.
Romo didn't cower in a situation that many quarterbacks would have cowered in.