Romo's legend grows

KEN FIDLIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

For most of the afternoon, it looked as if Jon Kitna was going to get the last word in the verbal sparring he'd waged with the Dallas Cowboy defence. The Cowboys -- and especially linebacker Bradie James -- had vowed to make the Detroit quarterback pay for comments he made last year, disparaging the Dallas defence.

But, just when it looked as if the Lions were going to pull a massive upset, Dallas QB Tony Romo took matters into his own hands and added another chapter to his growing legend, as well as the NFC East title.

Romo was Elway-esque in engineering a game-winning drive in a game the Cowboys never led until the last 18 seconds. In the process, he gave go-to receiver Jason Witten a chance for some serious redemption. Witten had fumbled on the Detroit one-yard line as the Cowboys appeared to be going in for a go-ahead TD. The Lions recovered but couldn't control the clock to keep Romo's hands off the ball.

And when it came to the game-winning throw, Romo hit Witten right in the hands to give the tight end his moment.

In his fifth NFL season, though only his second as a starter, Romo has rocketed into the elite category as a passer, game manager and cool customer under pressure.

As for Kitna, he had a heart-breakingly good game but couldn't take it to the finish line. Afterward, he had a chat with James, who he had badmouthed last season. They left each other on good terms.

"We ended up making enough plays to win the game," James said. "It was ugly but it was sweet."

JAGS ON A ROLL

While a lot of the focus in the AFC has revolved around the New England Patriots, the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Jacksonville Jaguars quietly are making a case for themselves as a potential playoff spoiler.

They now have won four of their past five, including yesterday's total mugging of Carolina, limiting the Panthers offence to only 149 total yards. Carolina did not hit 100 yards in either passing or rushing yards.

With a ball control offence engineered by reliable David Garrard and with Fred Taylor pounding out the yardage on the ground, they had the ball for 39 minutes while limiting the Panthers to just 21 minutes.

Jacksonville (9-4) hasn't clinched a wild-card spot but it is in the driver's seat.

PACK ATTACK

It was another day to marvel at the legacy of Brett Favre, making his 250th consecutive start at quarterback for the Packers. A week after being knocked out of his last game with an elbow and shoulder injury, he completed 15 of 23 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns and the Pack buried Oakland 38-7.

But it wasn't all about Favre. Special-teamer Will Blackmon of the Packers became the first player in more than 30 years to run back a punt for a touchdown and recover a fumble for a TD in the same game.

The Packers have clinched the NFC North title and, theoretically, can give Favre some time off to get his 38-year-old body ready for a playoff run. That's what coach Mike McCarthy would like to do but getting Favre to sit might be harder than knocking him out.


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