On Sunday afternoon and for the rest of the week, Dallas Cowboys fans will all take a big piece of humble pie.
All the Tony Romo bashing—Romo choking, Romo sucks, Romo is another Danny White—is out the window.
In a game that saw ups and downs, Romo ran out of the locker room to start the second half, only to return to the locker room. Late in the third, Romo returned to the bench, strapped on his helmet and rode into the Dallas Cowboys quarterback legends hall of fame, right up there with Jason Garrett and Clint Longley.
Romo finished 20-of-33 for 345 yards and two touchdown passes; but more importantly, as the game tightened, he held up.
When most fans believed Romo was on a typical collision course for another meltdown, instead he led the Cowboys on play after play downfield, converting on a fourth down with under three minutes to go.
With the win, the Cowboys are now 1-1 on the season. To many Cowboys fans—and football fans, for that matter—they ought to be 2-0.
The same, however, can be said for the 49ers, who blew a 24-14 lead in the fourth quarter. The 49ers, who played without both of their starting wide receivers (Michael Crabtree and Braylon Edwards, who left after injuring his knee), couldn't run and couldn't throw effectively when the game was on the line.
Alex Smith, who went sack-less in the first game, was dropped six times by the Cowboys and threw a terrible pass to the wrong team, which resulted in Dallas tying the game at 14 apiece.