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Dallas' campaign for the playoffs ended in all too familiar fashion; giving an incomplete narrative reinforced material.
Tony Romo is not the problem; he just may not be the solution, either. A lot of things didn't go right for the Dallas Cowboys. They probably aren't in several of the games they won without Tony Romo. Make no mistake about it though, his turnovers were crucial in last night's close loss; especially the back-breaking last one that falls squarely on his shoulders.
Cracked rib, no receiving corps, hot reads gone awry, inability to adjust to the opposing defense, a defense that couldn't give extra opportunities... it was all on display in Washington. At the end of the day, though, the national storyline that Romo couldn't deliver in the clutch came to fruition. For all that can be said, the Cowboys had an opportunity to win or tie the game with over three minutes remaining and Romo threw the ball directly to the opposition. Game over.
What happened in between? Well for that, why don't you take a look at my latest recap video? I just walked you through the painful part, so the edge is taken off viewing the video. See, I care about y'all!
Thanks to all that take the time to watch these. It's been a pleasure (tiring, but still a pleasure) doing these after each game. Time to start over, Cowboys fans!
Dallas will pick 18th in the first round of April's draft and alternate picks with another 3-4 team, Pittsburgh. The Steelers pick 17th while the division rival NY Giants pick 19th, Eagles 4th and the Redskins are undetermined until they are eliminated. Dallas will have a third place schedule in 2013. Here's a look at their home and road opponents.
HOME (4 playoff teams)
NY Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders
ROAD (1 playoff team)
NY Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New Orleans, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers