The Dallas Cowboys don’t plan to play Tony Romo again this season, unless they are blowing out an opponent in the playoffs. But if they need to play him, it sure looks like they are in good hands. In a meaningless game against the Philadelphia Eagles, a game they lost 27-13, the big news was that veteran Tony Romo finally got some playing time. It had been since Thanksgiving in 2015 since Romo played in a regular-season game. On Sunday, he got one series and looked just like the Romo we all remember.
Romo entered the game on the Cowboys third series, after two series under starter Dak Prescott. Once Romo got into the game he wasted little time. On his first play he dropped back and launched a bomb towards Terrance Williams. They didn’t connect, but it was just like Romo to go for broke on his first pass. On second down they tried a run to Darren McFadden which lost a yard, setting up a third down and 11 for Romo. No problem. Romo dropped back and fired a 15-yard completion to Williams for a first down. Darren McFadden then cutback on a run that picked up 24 yards moving Romo into Eagles territory. He continued the drive by dumping off a short pass to McFadden who gained 11 yards.
At the Philly 32-yard line, Romo decided to take another deep shot, this time to his long-time running mate, Dez Bryant. It looked like they may have something but the Eagles cornerback committed pass interference near the goal line to spoil the touchdown attempt. The penalty did set up the Cowboys at the three-yard line. Did you think the Cowboys would run the ball in? No chance.
On first down Romo dropped back, faked a hitch route to Williams who was in single coverage, then hit him on a quick go route in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.
It was beautiful return to the field for Romo. A player deserving of so much respect and love from Cowboys fans, and a very valuable backup to have in case of emergency. It was nice for him to have this moment, a fitting play to possibly end his Cowboys career.