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Romo (3 TD passes) gets back in the zone

Quarterback Tony Romo was all smiles near the end of the game.
Quarterback Tony Romo was all smiles near the end of the game. Star-Telegram

Tony Romo delivered on his promise.

Romo vowed he’d be better after his forgettable Thanksgiving Day performance against the Eagles and certainly looked like his old self in leading the Cowboys to a 41-28 victory over the Bears on Thursday night.

The play of the night for Romo came in the third quarter. He eluded pressure, rolled out to his right and then floated a perfect pass to Cole Beasley for a 24-yard touchdown.

“Remarkable play,” coach Jason Garrett said afterward. “Tony did a great job making the end miss and really laying the ball. It’s amazing how in a spontaneous situation he can get himself righted to make a throw where he lays the ball over the defender.”

It was a signature Romo play when the Cowboys needed it most to put the game out of reach, for the most part. The Bears cut the deficit to 10 at one point in the fourth quarter, but never got within a one-score possession.

That TD pass was just one example of Romo picking apart the Bears’ suspect secondary. He got just about everyone involved in the action, finding Beasley for two of his three TD passes and Gavin Escobar for the other.

Romo’s numbers might not blow anyone away, finishing 21-of-26 passing for 205 yards. But he had a 138.0 passer rating, his fifth game of the season with a rating of 135 or better.

“His pocket presence was excellent,” Garrett said. “He did a good job getting through his progressions and finding soft spots in the pocket to throw the football. I thought he played a real good ballgame.”

Maybe all Romo and his surgically repaired back need was a full week of rest between games. Romo, 34, preached getting back into his regular “routine” as a reason why he’d bounce back the way he did.

And that proved to be the case with Romo moving around the pocket and throwing balls with the zip that disappeared last week.

“He’s unbelievable,” tight end Jason Witten said. “He just comes out and plays and leads our team. He’s just so good with the ball and making plays. I thought he did a real good job of bouncing back for all of us.”

Romo rarely turns in two consecutive bad games, and the short week affected him against the Eagles. He wasn’t firing on all cylinders, missing his receivers badly at times on a day when he finished with no touchdowns, two interceptions and a 53.7 passer rating in the Cowboys’ lowest-scoring game of the season.

On a chilly night at Soldier Field, though, Romo rebounded as well as anyone could have hoped and got dreaded December headed in the right direction.

Romo improved to 13-17 in December starts, although his numbers are not as bad as the record suggests. He entered the game with a 62.4 completion percentage and 89.7 passer rating in the month. But, as the Cowboys like to say, it’s a new season with new players and new story lines to create.

And it starts with the star quarterback.

“He just took command,” Witten said. “When he plays that well, we’re pretty tough to stop offensively.”

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @drewdavison

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