Posted on September 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM
The Cowboys and 49ers renewed their storied rivalry Sunday -- and they did it nowhere else but at the stadium by the bay. And Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo led the way in a classic that will undoubtedly make his cowboy predecessors proud.
"They played really outstanding football. I was just proud of our guys, who continued to grind, come up, and make the plays we needed to make." said Romo.
The oft-cricized Romo lead the cowboys back from a 10-point 4th quarter deficit while battling a broken rib. He tried to come back for the second half, but left before taking a snap… only to return in the later in the third. Romo threw for 345 yards and a pair of touchdowns, igniting a much needed rally. Head Coach Jason Garrett loves his QB -- and for good reason.
"It's about a competitor." said Garrett. "And Tony is that. He's a football player, a great competitor. One of the best competitors I've ever been around. He just loves to play. And I just knew that at one point I was going to get a tap on my shoulder, and here comes Number Nine."
Romo didn't need to say much. All he told Garrett? "I'm good to go."
It’s a victorious ending to a tumultuous week for Romo. After nationwide bashing in the wake of the Cowboys' opening day loss to the jets, Romo answered the critics with a come-off-the-mat, come from behind victory. His teammates took notice.
"I think it was like Paul Pierce, Oscar Robertson.... coming back, helping us win." Said Cowboys Inside Linebacker Bradie James. "And that's what he did. He really helped us win the game."
Outside Linebacker DeMarcus Ware was also impressed.
"He said, you know what.... I need to pull this out. Even though he was hurt.... [It] showed his toughness. He really wants the game. He really wants to do well this season and prove everybody wrong."
Romo says he’s not into the perception game. But his owner is, and Jerry Jones knows that he witnessed something special.
"Tony didn't need it as much as our fans. I mean this -- from afar, the perception needed to see this."
Romo took a philosophical look at his performance.
"That's part of the fun of sports. Now we can all say what we think, because we won.... I just keep playing, trying to get better each year that I play this game. And if you do that, eventually you'll have a great chance to achieve the goals you set out."
Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett talked to his players before this game about California being the land of opportunity. He told them about how the guys at Google earned their absurd wealth because they worked hard when they had the opportunity. Tony Romo worked hard to get back into this game and gain another opportunity. His hard work paid off, and now we've got another Cowboys classic from Candlestick park.