Tony Romo has career game that ends with a back-breaking pick

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Tony Romo threw the ball 36 times. He passed for 506 yards and five touchdowns. But when it was over, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback was left wanting one more chance.

Or one less attempt.

Romo’s lone interception came on his last pass of the day and ended the Cowboys’ upset chances. It thus ruined the greatest individual quarterbacking performance in team history, at least statistically.

“I didn’t put it exactly where I needed to, to complete the pass,” Romo said. “It’s frustrating and disappointing.”

Romo matched Peyton Manning throw for throw, touchdown for touchdown in a back-and-forth game for the ages. He became only the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards and five touchdowns in a game that ended 51-48 in favor of the Denver Broncos.

“He played the best game that he’s ever played for us,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “If we can have that kind of play from him and others, especially on the offensive side of the ball, we’ll win most of our football games left.

“… I’m so proud of Romo. Romo basically substantiated any and everything on my personal chart that I ever thought about him, and that’s amazing since he wasn’t the winning quarterback.”

Romo broke the team record of 460 yards that Don Meredith had in 1963 against San Francisco. He topped his own record of 441 yards, which came last season against Washington.

It was the 11th most for an NFL quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

“I’ve played long enough to know that certain games are certain ways,” Romo said of throwing for 500 yards. “You’re going to throw it less than others, more than others. You just look at what the team needs that day to win a football game. I think today we needed to do that a little bit, and we were able to for the most part.”

Romo staked the Cowboys to a 14-0 lead early and then rallied them from an 11-point deficit with 3:23 left in the third quarter. His 4-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley with 7:19 remaining handed Dallas an improbable 48-41 lead.

But the Broncos tied it with 2:39 left, giving Romo a chance to win it.

Right end Shaun Phillips sacked Romo for a 6-yard loss on first down, and then on second, Romo tried to hit rookie tight end Gavin Escobar on a seam route.

Adrian Robinson pushed left tackle Tyron Smith back into Romo, and Romo didn’t get enough on the ball. Linebacker Danny Trevathan intercepted it.

“Stuff happens in those situations at the end right there where you didn’t have that same exact look throughout the game,” Romo said. “Whether I got people around me or whatever it was, I didn’t get the same amount on it, and that’s the difference sometimes.”

Instead of Romo’s 19th career fourth-quarter comeback, Manning recorded his 39th as the Broncos were able to run the clock down to 2 seconds before kicking the game-winning field goal.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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