IRVING -– Playing for the NFC East title for the Cowboys has made Week 17 the biggest week of the year.
As far as they’re concerned, the playoffs start now.
“As important as this game is -- at this point, it's the most important game of the season,” said Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. “But so was the game four weeks ago, three weeks ago, and two weeks ago. We've been playing in a playoff game for a while now.”
When it comes to must-win games -- to decide if Dallas is in or out of the playoffs -- the resume for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is short, with little success.
In 2008, the Cowboys had a chance against Philadelphia only to lose. And who can forget last year when the opportunity was there against the Giants, but they failed to capitalize to the eventual Super Bowl champs.
"It’s a playoff game, in essence,” Romo said. “I think for us we understand that you know everything isn't going to go perfect.”
One of Romo's top targets hasn't lost any confidence in his quarterback.
“We all know what the reality of it is,” said Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. “To be honest, I think for a lot of us, we don't look at the pressure for [Romo.] We wouldn't be in this situation without him. He's an elite quarterback, and really, all elite quarterbacks handle that and deal with that until they do go and do it.”
Football is a team sport. It always has been, but more times than not, it's the quarterback who gets credit for success and gets blamed if things go wrong.
“I think all you can do as a quarterback is do your job and play at the highest level,” Romo said. “If your team is good enough, you'll move on. I like our football team -- the way they've been working and practicing. I think we have a great opportunity.”
It’s an opportunity that they have failed to capitalize on before.