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Don't Call It A Comeback: Ranking Tony Romo's Fourth-Quarter Comebacks (#6)

Over the next several weeks before training camp, let's relive some of Tony Romo's best comeback stories. This game was exciting from start to finish.

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[In the ten seasons that Tony Romo has been the starting quarterback, he's engineered some great fourth-quarter heroics to bring the Cowboys to victories. Since 2006, no quarterback has had more fourth-quarter comeback victories, 25 to be exact, than Tony Romo. His passer rating in the final quarter of football is an astounding 102.9, five points higher than the number two guy (Aaron Rodgers). Romo also holds the mantle of most game-winning drives among active quarterbacks (29) as well as passer rating in the final two minutes (93.1).

Over the next several weeks before the team heads out to Oxnard and starts it all up again, I thought we could take some time to look back at Mr. Clutch Quarterback himself. We're going to rank all of his comeback tales from good to great, from awesome to completely amazing. Here's looking at you, Mr. Romo.]

6.) A Wild-One That Kickstarted A Great Year (Sept. 21, 2014)

Some games can be memorable for a lot of reasons, this game couldn't have started out any worse. However, that's why there are four quarters to play because this game showed the Cowboys were a resilient bunch and it was the start of a fantastic season as a Cowboys fan. This was also a game that you had to see to believe as it may have been one of the most intense games of that season.

The Cowboys have pretty much had Jeff Fisher's number since he joined the Rams but he was on a mission to prove otherwise in front if his hometown St. Louis crowd. Fisher was starting some unknown quarterback in Austin Davis after Sam Bradford had been injured in week one and was out for the season. The Rams came to play on this day as they started right out of the gate with a 16-play drive that ended in seven points and the Rams took the lead as they torched the Cowboys' secondary and particularly Morris Claiborne.

Romo was determined to come out and answer the call as he was gaining a rhythm with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. On a 3rd and 4 from the Rams 45, all momentum was lost as DeMarco Murray fumbled the ball and the Rams recovered. Just five plays later, Austin Davis connects with Brian Quick and he runs right past Claiborne for a 51-yard touchdown. Just like that, the Rams make it 14-0 at the beginning of the second quarter.

Neither the Cowboys or Rams can make anything of their next possessions. On the ensuing Cowboys' drive, Romo and company are facing a 3rd and 8 from their own 20. Looking for Dez Bryant on a screen, Romo throws but is intercepted by Janoris Jenkins who runs the ball 25-yards for the pick-six and 21-0 lead.

The Cowboys are back on offense as Romo finds Cole Beasley for 9 yards. He then connects with Jason Witten for 8 more. On three runs, Murray gains 14, 20, and 4 yards. On 3rd and 6 from the Rams 27, Romo picks up a defensive pass interference at Rams 1. Murray runs the rock in for the score to get the Cowboys on the board 21-7.

The Rams next drive ends abruptly when Scott Wells fumbles the ball and Henry Melton recovers with 42 seconds left in the half. It takes the Cowboys five plays and three timeouts to get to the Rams 11, where Dan Bailey cuts the lead to 11 points with a 29-yarder.

Dwayne Harris returns the second-half kick for 25 yards and three plays later Romo hits a wide-open Dez Bryant on a 68-yard bomb that makes Janoris Jenkins look absolutely awful. It's a touchdown for the Cowboys and the comeback is fully underway. Rams still lead 21-17. The Cowboys' defense holds on the next Rams' possession and Romo leads the offense back on the field.

Romo to Witten on first down for 13 yards. Then DeMarco busts out a 44-yard run but later is stuffed on 3rd and 1. Dan Bailey nails the 40-yard field goal to get within a point of the Rams lead 21-20. The Rams come back firing with a 38-yard completion to Kenny Britt. Five plays later, the Cowboys hold the Rams to a field goal as Greg Zuerlein is true from 28 yards. Rams lead is 24-20 just inside the 4th quarter.

On the next Cowboys' drive, Murray is up the middle for only one. Short pass to Dez complete for three yards then Romo runs up the middle for 16 yards that felt like it took an eternity. Romo connects with Terrance Williams for 20 yards. On 2nd and 8 at their own 47, Romo unleashes a 30-yarder to Dez but it's defensive pass interference. On 1st and 10, Murray runs for three then picks up a five-yard pass from Romo on 2nd down. On 3rd and 2 from the Rams-12, Romo finds Williams in the end zone for their first lead of the game, 27-24 with 6:21 on the clock.

On 1st and 10, Davis is looking for the screen pass to Zac Stacy when Bruce Carter jumps the route and gets a pick-six of his own and increases the lead from 34-24. The Rams come roaring back with 12-play drive and Davis finds Pettis in the end zone to cut the Cowboys' lead to three points, 34-31. Dallas makes an attempt to run the clock down but the Rams use all of their timeouts to guarantee one last chance with the ball.

St. Louis manages to get a first down with over a minute left in the game as they are moving the ball well. However, on 1st and 10 from their own 26 and after being torched all game, Claiborne seals the win with an interception at the Dallas 45. This one is over and it marked the biggest comeback in Romo's career at that point coming back from a 21-0 deficit.

Dallas would go on to a 12-4 record and win a playoff game against the Lions. Unfortunately, their magical season would be cut short when Dez Bryant and Romo were robbed of a touchdown at Lambeau Field on January 11th, 2015, a day that will live in infamy for Cowboys fans forever.