IRVING -- Tony Romo's performance this season has left some, including Deion Sanders, wondering exactly where the Dallas Cowboys are with their current quarterback. Romo has no doubts.
On Thursday, he predicted a Super Bowl victory for the Cowboys.
Maybe not this year. Or even next year.
But some day, Romo guaranteed, the Cowboys will win it all.
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"This team is going to win a Super Bowl at some point," Romo said. "It's going to be exciting when that time comes. And when we look back, we'll know who was on what side of the fence during those tough moments. That's exciting for us as competitors knowing that we get a chance to go out there and have a chance to win."
Romo has taken heat for his second-half meltdown against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 2. He threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns and a third led to the Lions' game-winning touchdown as Dallas, ahead by 24 points, suffered the biggest blown lead in team history.
It followed back-to-back victories over the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins in which Romo was praised for playing with a fractured rib and a punctured lung.
"I just think you keep playing," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "You've got to play through success. You have to play through adversity. It's the nature of this league at all positions, and it's certainly true for quarterbacks. The league is hard.
"It's a challenge every play. You've just got to keep going. You just have to have that mind-set that, 'I'm going to put the last one behind me. I'm going to learn from it, and then I'm going to move forward.' You try to do that with successful plays and successful games, and you certainly do that for games that don't work out quite as well."
Romo's media session Thursday was his first since the Lions postgame.
After that game, Sanders said on NFL Network he was off Romo's bandwagon and questioned whether the quarterback ever would lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl.
"I don't understand this guy," said Sanders, who played on the Cowboys' last Super Bowl team in 1995. "Just when you want to believe in him, heroic effort, came back against San Francisco, they said punctured lung and everything. And we praised him, we said, 'Yeah, he's that leader, he's their guy.' And then you come and do this. What are you thinking?
"Sooner or later we've just got to quit guessing and assuming that this guy's the guy to get you over the hump, and say, 'You know what? This guy is always going to be great statistically, but he's not that guy that can take you where you want to go. And that's the Super Bowl."
Romo, though, was neither defensive nor defiant Thursday. He was more matter of fact in reaffirming his confidence in himself and his team.
Romo vowed to be no less aggressive despite two fourth-quarter turnovers in the loss to the New York Jets and three second-half interceptions against Detroit.
"If you don't pull the trigger you're going to be average, and no one wants to be average," said Romo, who again will wear a Kevlar jacket Sunday and take a painkilling shot in his ribs. "And we're not going to be around here. We're going to continue to get better and grow from our mistakes."
Romo pointed out that quarterback Tom Brady was intercepted four times three weeks ago as New England blew a 21-point lead against the Buffalo Bills.
"He's pretty good, too," Romo said of Brady. "That's part of playing the position. These things happen. Do you want to? No. Going forward, are you always going to get better from it? Yeah. Does it mean it'll never happen again for the next 5-10 years? No. It's hard playing quarterback in the National Football League. But you have to learn from it and don't make that same mistake. That's what the position is about. And then going out and being successful, year in and year out, and putting your team in position to be in the Super Bowl."