All Tony Romo needed was a pain-reducing injection to get ready to play against the Giants on Sunday.
Romo nursed rib and ankle injuries throughout the week, skipping another Wednesday practice, but showed no signs of being physically limited in leading the Cowboys to a 31-21 victory.
Romo went 17-of-23 passing for 279 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He had a 135.7 passer rating, his second-best this season.
Owner Jerry Jones called it Romo’s best game ever, a bold statement considering Romo has a 500-yard passing game on his résumé.
Romo wasn’t ready to go that far, saying: “I have to go back and watch the tape to see how it came up.”
More important, though, is Romo’s health seven games through the season. He took several hard hits in Seattle the previous week, but made it through the Giants game avoiding any major blows.
Romo said he received a toradol injection before the game, something that helped relieve his rib, ankle and back pain. It’s a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
“It’s for everything,” Romo said, laughing. “I felt good. You’re always banged up. Everyone’s banged up at this point in the season, so you just work through it and you manage it and you go out and play.”
Dez shines … eventually
Dez Bryant had two catches for 15 yards in the first half and stumbled on a play early in the second quarter that led to a Romo interception.
But, boy, did Bryant rebound in the second half. He finished the game with nine catches for 151 yards, the third-best yardage game in his career.
Bryant joked that the difference for him was simply putting a visor on his helmet and changing cleats. The stumble early on also served as motivation.
“Oh man, honestly, I didn’t feel like me [in the first half],” Bryant said. “I had to come in to adjust. That’s exactly what I did. That stumble — it was bothering me so much. I was like, ‘I got to let it go.’ I let it go finally and came out and played some of my best.”
Backup running back Joseph Randle made headlines before the game Sunday, when it was announced that he signed an endorsement deal with a Los Angeles-based underwear company.
It comes less than a week after Randle was caught shoplifting underwear, as well as cologne, at a Frisco mall. Randle was fined $29,500 by the Cowboys for the incident.
Randle’s endorsement deal with MeUndies also gives him the chance to help others by speaking to area schools and charities about the importance of learning from your mistakes.
“It’s about giving back to the community to make sure they don’t make the same mistake,” Randle said.
Converting third downs
The Cowboys went 9-of-14 on third down Sunday, even better than their NFL-leading 56.3 percent conversion rate entering the game.
“I think a lot of it is the plan, and I think a lot of it is the execution,” Romo said. “I don’t know what the numbers were today, but on third-and-eight or third-and-10, we were converting some of those. Third-and-three feels the same way as third-and-eight or -nine for us right now. That is a testament to everybody — the coaches coming up with a good plan and the players going out and executing that.”
The Cowboys have converted 54 of 94 third downs this season, raising their season conversion rate to 57.4.