Most of America is waiting for Dallas Cowboys‘ quarterback Tony Romo to prove himself in the playoffs. He carries a 1-3 playoff record into Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. There’s no denying that Romo needs to make an impact in the playoffs to change his perception, but there’s something a little different in the air this year.
After Romo injuried his back last season against Washington, he was left for dead. There were serious questions about his future. People were throwing him under the bus and calling for Johnny Manziel to take the reigns. He could have folded under the extreme pressure. Instead, he slowly worked his way back and is playing some of the best football of his career.
Romo is a legitimate MVP candidate. His 82.7 QBR is the highest in the NFL. His yards per attempt (8.5) and touchdowns (34) rank as the second highest marks in his career. However, the most telling stats are his completion percentage (69.9) and his interceptions (9). Those numbers have been vital to the Cowboys’ success this season. He’s not turning the ball over and has been spreading the ball around to his play makers with incredible precision.
If he and the Cowboys go one-and-done in the playoffs, all the headlines will read “same old Cowboys,” but they would be absolutely wrong. They have the best offensive line in the league which is leading the way for their other MVP candidate DeMarco Murray. Their ability to control the clock and dictate the pace has lead them to a 12-4 record. They finally put to rest their late season struggles as well. While many were expecting the usual collapse in December, Romo and company went 4-0 in the month and captured an NFC East title. They went from potential bottom feeder to Super Bowl contender. This team is far better than the 8-8 teams of the past few years.
You might be pulling for Romo to make the crucial mistake so that you can have another laugh at his expense. I’m telling you this guy is different. He has a confidence that wasn’t there before. He believes in himself as does the rest of the team.
If Romo leads this team to the Super Bowl and wins it then it would be the ultimate redemption story. No longer would he be the butt of the joke. He would finally get the credit and admiration he deserves. Those things remain to be seen, but we might be following him on his road to redemption as we speak.
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