What a difference a week makes.  Last week, we saw Tony Romo make a few crucial mistakes to help in the loss to the New York Jets.  This week, we saw Romo get knocked out of the game, then come back and help win the game with very few mistakes.  As a wise man (Frank Pain) said on his Facebook page, “Let the hypocrisy begin”. 

After losing a 14 point lead in the 4th quarter against the Jets last week, the Cowboys were down and virtually out of this game against the San Francisco 49ers. Down by 14 in the 1st half , it looked like it was going to be another one of those days for Cowboys fans.  Romo managed to get Dallas back in the game with a 53 yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin and the end of the first half.  It would prove to be the last play for Romo for a while as he got his bell rung big time, cracking a few ribs in the process.

The second half started with Romo on the bench because of his injury,  and Dallas down by a touchdown.  More of the same continued for the Cowboys as they just couldn’t get the running game going all day.  Jon Kitna started the second half and was decent.  He threw a touchdown to Miles Austin in the 3rd quarter, but then had 2 interceptions as well.

Meanwhile, Tony Romo, who had a hell of week of criticism,  was trying to get back into the game and was finally able to do so at the end of the 3rd quarter after kinda going around Jason Garrett.

“I just told him I was good to go. I think he asked some of the guys,” Romo said. “I didn’t give him too much of a chance. I just ran on the field.”

The 49ers made it a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter after kicking a field goal.  It would be their last points of the game.  With Romo back in at quarterback, he connected with Miles Austin, who had 3 TD’s on the day, to make it 24-21 with about 7 minutes to play.  The Dallas D would do their job as the offense got the ball back and were able to drive into field goal range.  Dan Bailey kicked the tying field goal as time expired.  To overtime they went.

In overtime, Romo hits Jesse Holley on a 77 yard pass that set up the winning field goal.  Game!

Romo was 20 of 30 for 345 and 2 TD’s.  His passer rating was 116.4 to bring his year total to 43 of 69 for 687 yard, 4 TD’s and 1 interception.  Not bad for a guy with broken ribs, and no backing from Cowboy nation – unless he does a good job.

What do you think about Romo’s performance now?  Still hate him? Still like him? Don’t care?

While you mull over those questions, here is a recap of the game in pictures.