Tony Romo sports the highest passer rating in the fourth quarter, and he entered Sunday’s game with 22 fourth-quarter comebacks.
So was there any doubt what would happen when the Cowboys got the ball back at their own 20, needing a touchdown with 3 minutes to play?
It took Romo only seven plays and 1:59 to reach the end zone, with a 13-yard pass to Dez Bryant capping the comeback.
Romo finished 18 of 26 for 275 yards with four touchdowns and a passer rating of 143.4.
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Early in the game, Romo was getting outplayed by Eli Manning, and Dez Bryant was getting outshone by Odell Beckham Jr. Then, Romo and Bryant showed up and showed out.
After Romo found Bryant for a 31-yard touchdown with 1:08 remaining in the third quarter, the Cowboys had their first lead at 24-21. The Giants regained it, though, in the fourth quarter to set up the final act in the drama.
“We did have the stage set for a potential great comeback for him,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “...I do think Tony should deserve a lot of credit for engineering that drive.”
Romo went 6 for 6 for 66 yards and a touchdown in the final drive, with Bryant catching three of the passes for 25 yards and the 50th score of his career. Bryant finished with seven catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
The only other play in the seven-play, game-winning scoring drive was a 9-yard run by DeMarco Murray on third-and-1.
It was Romo’s game to win, and he did.
The Cowboys twice trailed by 11 points, but they never gave up.
“We talked about mental toughness and fight,” Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. “We’ve been in a lot of these games over the years and somehow, someway we’ve been on the other side of them.
“...We fought together. It was a big win.”
Romo appears to have recovered from the two transverse process fractures in his back, which kept him out of the Nov. 2 loss to the Cardinals. In two games since, the Cowboys are 2-0, with Romo completing 38 of 53 passes for 521 yards, seven touchdowns, no interceptions and a 142.4 passer rating.
For the season, Romo has thrown for 2,499 yards with 22 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
“It will be, I think, the most negative thing about my ownership, in my mind, if Tony has the career here and we don’t win a Super Bowl with him,” Jones said. “That will be the most negative thing to have had his talent come through this organization and we not get a Super Bowl.
“He’s outstanding, and he’s outstanding at winning games, coming from behind. He’s outstanding at basically quarterbacking in winning situations. This was an outstanding game.”