This was not the narrative we were promised. What happened to the Romo in December that throws interceptions and can’t win the big games? With under two minutes left and Dallas needing to convert a fourth and goal it looked like the narrative would live. Romo did have an interception on the day. Then with the Redskins pouring throw his offensive line Romo rolled right and found DeMarco Murray for the three yard touchdown. It was a moment of shock and disbelief. Tony Romo had lead Dallas not only in a come from behind victory but to a victory in December with the division on the line.
Washington is no threat to Dallas for the division, but if they had lost this game then their season finally against Philadelphia wouldn’t have been for the division. It was a year ago that Washington was finishing the 2012 season in a similar do or die fashion against Dallas and were able to pull off the victory and win the division. It is amazing the difference a year makes. Instead of being hailed as a hero RGIII is sitting on the bench and watching Kirk Cousins manage Washington’s offense.
It takes more than a game manager to cover up all the flaws with Washington, and their biggest was on display early in the game. After receiving the ball first and doing nothing with it Washington punted the ball away and the familiar sight of an opposing punt returner streaming up the sidelines greeted Washington. While Michael Spurlock didn’t score on his 62 yard punt return DeMarco Murray did two plays later on a three yard run.
Poor secondary, bad offensive line, and putrid special teams have been the story of 2013 for Washington. They play a bad brand of football that can be tough to watch and yet they were once again in a football game in the fourth quarter. They even had the lead with less than two minutes to play, but they couldn’t hold it. Tony Romo came up clutch against Washington and the narrative. He hasn’t proven anything yet but for one day he was able to put the narrative behind him. He was able to be a clutch passer late in a must win December game.
Washington wasn’t playing for anything but pride and their strategy was clear. Let Kirk Cousins manage the game and Alfred Morris pound the ball. Despite having only 197 passing yards and 100 rushing yards Washington had a seven minute advantage in time of possession. The strategy was to keep their terrible secondary on the bench along with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Tony Romo. Eventually Washington’s lack of talent caught up with them and they couldn’t pull off the victory. Perhaps in an alternate universe Tony Romo rolled to the right and found a burgundy jersey on Dallas’ final play, but in this one he went against the narrative and connected with DeMarco Murray for a late clutch touchdown.