Let's hear from some of the victors in the Cowboys spectacular win over the Colts.
In the first start for both quarterbacks at Texas Stadium, it was Romo - not Manning, the six-time Pro Bowler - who was efficient throughout and at his best late, carrying the Dallas Cowboys to a 21-14 victory to spoil the Indianapolis Colts' bid for a perfect season.
''This is big. We've been trying to get ourselves a little momentum for a while,'' Romo said. ''This is a game you have to say you had to have. You know as well as I do that we're running out of games here. We needed this win badly.''
The Dallas front five managed to get pressure this week:
"I think sometimes when you're able to play either side of the line, you're not going against the same guy, so he doesn't get used to you," Ware said. "We tried to hit (Manning), tried to not let him sit in the pocket and make his reads. It's comfortable to rush from either side. I kind of like it."
I liked it, too. Big game from Ware, just like we needed.
Burnett on Burnett:
Big play by a backup. We got help from other players stepping up.
It would be nice though, if we could shake off this habit of starting slow in the Romo era.
"You can bet," said Dallas nose tackle Jason Ferguson, "that we'll all be watching on Monday night."
The rest of the conference might also want to cast a wary gaze in the Cowboys' direction.
DeMarcus Ware wanted to set the tone early.
Early as in the Colts' first snap from scrimmage. It was [Bradie] James who buried tailback Dominic Rhodes for a five-yard loss. In the first two Indianapolis possessions alone, James collected two tackles, including one for a loss, a forced fumble and a recovery.
Roy did his part.
So, we got a big effort from the defense in a big game and took home the `W'. But what's it all mean?
We'll give the last word to Bradie James.