- The dude threw for over 500 yards and 5 TDs. His play was the main reason the Cowboys even had a chance. On a day where neither defense showed up and Peyton Manning played a pretty Peyton Manning-esque game, Romo’s performance sparked the comeback. He was the best quarterback in that game, which is incredibly high praise. It’s also probably the first time I’ve ever praised Romo, which means I need to take a second shower today.
- The interception wasn’t a poorly thrown ball. It wasn’t an underthrow, like Peyton’s (THANK GOD HE THREW IT BECAUSE NOW WE DON’T HAVE TO SEE __ TD AND 0 INT RECORDS THAT PEYTON IS BREAKING EVERY WEEK FUCK YOU VERY MUCH). It was a ball in the place that Escobar was going to be, and Danny Trevathan made an amazing play.
- On that same level, yes, DeMarco Murray was open, but that wasn’t his first option. His first option was open. It’s just that the defense made a play. You’re not an NFL quarterback, and seeing all the receivers with A, B, X, and Y icons over their head doesn’t make you an expert at calling plays.
- You wouldn’t be saying this if the Cowboys held on after Peyton’s interception. Instead you’d be saying, “Damn, he threw a bad ball that cost them the game, and his head is still weirdly shaped, but he’s still the best player of all time!” God, you must be a hit at parties.
- Most importantly, and the case in every single sporting event ever played: ONE PLAY DOES NOT CHANGE EVERYTHING. All of the plays leading up to the interception also had an effect on the outcome. The Cowboys were up 14 at one point before they shit the bed. There were literally 100 plays in the game that, if they had gone differently, would have made the difference. An NFL game is a tapestry of plays. Sure, the interception was the last play the Cowboys had, but there were other plays that could have made a difference as well. We’re just a results oriented culture so we give blame to the last person to make a mistake rather than look at every mistake.
It’s not like Tony deserves a break for the interception, but he did so much good in that game that it shouldn’t be wiped out by one play.
You can blame Jerry Jones though. You can always blame Jerry.