ARLINGTON -- Tony Romo needed a hand in the locker room after the game. He tried carrying his playbook under his right arm but finally gave up, dropped it in the laundry basket and asked for help.
The Dallas Cowboys need his help next week when they play the New York Giants for the NFC East title. Without Romo on Saturday, Dallas scored only seven points, and that came with 7 seconds left.
The best news in the Cowboys' 20-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles is that Romo's injured right hand should be all right.
"I felt like Jimmy Stewart on It's a Wonderful Life," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "I really did, because I came down here when they were doing X-rays on Tony's hand and was particularly relieved when I saw it was not a fracture. That was a real positive."
Romo was injured on the Cowboys' fourth play from scrimmage when he hit his hand on Jason Babin's helmet. Romo's right hand was swollen, but X-rays were negative.
"I'll be fine," said Romo, who was 0 for 2 passing. "I think I just took a hit to the helmet. We're going to be all right, though.
"...I think it's just going to be a few days, do all the stuff [in rehab], but I'll be good to go next week."
Romo returned to the sideline after having X-rays, began warming up and campaigned to return to the game. But the Giants' victory over the New York Jets rendered the Cowboys' game meaningless in terms of the playoff.
"I would've tried very hard [if a victory meant the division title]. No question," Romo said. "I did a little bit, but the coaching staff decided against that. ...If it's not broke, you get out there and do it."
Romo returned from a fractured rib and punctured lung in Week 2 at San Francisco to lead the Cowboys to a come-from-behind overtime victory. He missed 10 games last season with a broken collarbone and sat out eight games in 2008 with a fractured right pinkie finger.
"We would have needed Romo all night to even think about making the statement [by winning the NFC East had the Giants lost]," Jones said. "We would have had to have had him. I'm not so sure that he would have been able to play at the level that we were comfortable with or he was comfortable with safety-wise."
Backup Stephen McGee, playing in a regular-season game for the first time in almost a year, went 24 of 38 for 182 yards with a touchdown, no interceptions and an 83.4 passer rating.
"It was up and down at times," McGee said. "We moved the ball all right, and we had our chances. It just felt like we kind of shot ourselves in the foot with penalties and miscues on offense, miscommunication-type deals. We definitely could have executed a lot better. We'll go back to the video and throw this one in the trash and be ready to go for New York."