For 58 minutes and 3 seconds, Tony Romo played arguably the best football game of his career throwing for 506 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Cowboys were able to match Peyton Manning and the Broncos score for score.
But when it truly mattered the most, and the Cowboys needed one drive to win the game, Tony Romo once again gave it all away.
With the scored tied at 48 and a little over 2 minutes left in the game, Romo was intercepted by Danny Trevathan at the Cowboys 24-yard line setting Denver up to win the game. Peyton Manning then ran out the clock, and Matt Prater kicked a game-winning 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Broncos a thrilling 51-48 win to remain undefeated.
The Cowboys fall to 2-3, yet still sit atop the NFC East Standings along with the Philadelphia Eagles who beat down on the Giants earlier in the day.
Choking under pressure has been a theme of Romo’s career ever since he fumbled a snap on a potential game-tying field goal in the 2006 playoffs.
Over the past 2-seasons, the Cowboys needed to win the seasons final game in order to reach the playoffs. Two years ago, Eli Manning got the better of Romo and the Cowboys were eliminated. Last season, Romo threw 3 interceptions in a do or die game to win the NFC East and the Cowboys were once again eliminated.
While Romo made the biggest mistake of the game in this one, the Cowboys defense deserves just as much if not more of the blame.
Aside from Peyton Manning throwing his first interception of the season, the Cowboys D could not stop the Broncos offense if their lives depended on it.
Denver scored either a touchdown or a field goal on every single drive and didn’t punt the ball once. The Cowboys gave up 517 yards of total offense and didn’t record one sack.
But what most people are going to see is Romo making a crucial mistake when his team needed him the most. It’s been the story of his career and he just added to it in this game.