Romo comes through for 'Boys

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:29 PM ET

On a day that was go big or go home for the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo stepped up to the plate.

Romo just didn’t have a big day at Houston’s Reliant Stadium against the Texans, he had a huge day in the Cowboys convincing 27-13 victory.

Starting the day in a 0-2 hole, the Cowboys were staring at the possibility of kissing their division title goodbye and perhaps a playoff berth with a third consecutive loss, this one to a vastly improved Texans squad which entered the day undefeated.

Romo has an army of detractors, mostly for his inability to come through in the clutch when his team needs it most.

Well, the Cowboys needed it Sunday and Romo delivered.

Unlike a week ago, the Cowboys didn’t suffer a second-half collapse and unlike a week ago, the Texans couldn’t pull off another second-half comeback after trailing at the half 10-3.

Under Romo’s direction, the Cowboys effectively kept Houston quarterback Matt Schaub and the Texans offence off the field.

Big plays? The Cowboys had them all.

Romo showed great touch in the third quarter in directing his team to a 17-3 lead with a beautiful 30-yard strike to Dez Bryant and followed up with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Roy Williams that opened some breathing room.

If the Texans needed more discouragement, it arrived from Romo in the fourth quarter teamed again with Williams for a 63-yard pass and run TD with 9:53 to play.

Romo would end the day 23-for-30 for 284 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cowboys win, though, wasn’t just a one-man show.

The defence, led by DeMarcus Ware and his three sacks, held Schaub mostly in check. Schaub would be 23-for-32 for 241 yards but also was picked off twice.

With two interceptions and a fumble recovery, the Dallas defence collected its first three takeaways of the season.

It was a solid and impressive enough team performance that should temporarily at least, silence the critics.

Even all those Wade Phillips haters.

“I want that same sense of urgency every ball game,” Phillips told his troops after the win.

For their effort, the Cowboys have a bye week in Week 4 before playing host to the always tough Tennessee Titans.

But thanks to Romo, the pressure in Dallas is off.

A year ago, New Orleans won its opening 13 games of the season but this season their win streak ended at two following a 27-24 overtime loss to division rival Atlanta.

Even though they went 9-7 last season, the Falcons didn’t make it to the post-season and scored just one victory against a playoff bound team.

To win in New Orleans is a giant step for a team with plenty of upside.

Meanwhile, two teams that went tipoeing, whistling by the graveyard Sunday were the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.

Both teams were at home to the dregs of the AFC — the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills, respectively.

At one point, both Baltimore and New England were trailing in what bettors like to refer as trap games, but sanity eventually prevailed and the Ravens and Patriots, both double-digit favourites, went on to victory.

Out west. there were a couple of big upsets. In St. Louis, Sam Bradford earned his first NFL victory when the Rams downed the Redskins 27-20 while in Seattle, the Seahawks beat San Diego 27-20 despite the Chargers Phillip Rivers throwing for a club record 455 yards.

The Seahawks had something more lethal, two kickoff returns that went for TDs by Leon Washington, the first for 101 yards, the second for 99.

The big loser of the day, though, was the San Francisco 49ers, everybody’s darling pick to the wide-open NFC West.

Following a dreadful opening display against the Seahawks in Seattle, the 49ers looked much improved despite a second loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Back on the road. they went up against a surprising 2-0 Kansas City crew but were favoured to win. Instead they laid another egg, are 0-3, and the buzzards will be circling Mike Singletary and his team upon their arrival in San Francisco.


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