Romo, offense find relief with Cowboys victory

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How do the Dallas Cowboys describe their 27-23, final-drive win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday?

Redemption from last week’s last-minute loss at the hands of the Detroit Lions? A huge sigh of relief after wide receiver Dwayne Harris pulled in a 7-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left for the game-winning score?

“I just picture Michael Jordan over Xavier McDaniel kind of look, where he’s just kind of being aggressive, ‘Yes!’” Romo said, referring to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in 1992. “That’s the feeling you have. Without swearing, you want to be like that.”

That final scoring drive gave Dallas 350 total yards of offense, capping the best offensive production the Cowboys had posted since the near-upset of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Oct. 6.

Romo completed 34 of 51 passes for 337 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He added an 8-yard scramble. He was sharp on the final, 90-yard drive, going 7-for-9 for all 90 yards. It included him moving out of the pocket to throw the 7-yard game-winner.

Dallas entered the game averaging 283 yards per game over the past three games, against some of the worst defenses in the league. The Redskins ranked 32nd when the Cowboys played them, the Eagles 32nd the next week and the Lions 31st.

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten made an impact for the first time in three games, catching eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown, snapping a three-game streak with fewer than five catches.

Romo also targeted wide receiver Dez Bryant 11 times, resulting in six catches for 64 yards, after throwing to Bryant just six times the week prior.

While it was enough for a victory, the offense was far from flawless.

Dropped passes became an issue for the Cowboys, who had eight; two apiece for the trio of Bryant, running back DeMarco Murray and rookie receiver Terrance Williams.

However, Romo’s poise is what made the difference, Witten said.

It might not have been the prettiest offensive performance, but in the end it’s enough to head into New Orleans on a high note.

“We still kept battling and kept the belief that you’ve got to find a way to win, and we did and we feel strong at the end there,” Romo said.

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