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October 14, 2012

Tony Romo throws another interception, but he puts the Cowboys in a position to win

Tony Romo nearly pulled off an incredible comeback, but he didn’t, because the kick didn’t go in.

“If the kick goes in, you did a great job today, everybody,” he said. “If the kick doesn’t go in, sometimes it’s we didn’t do enough to win.”
Romo did enough to win the game for the Cowboys. He threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns. He led an 18-play drive over 80 yards to get the Cowboys within two points with 32 seconds left. He threw a 2-point conversion pass that would have tied the game straight to the shoulder pads of Dez Bryant.
And given one more chance, he had the Cowboys in range for a game-winning field-goal try albeit a kick of 51 yards.
Instead, another loss. Another interception to talk about. Another missed opportunity. Despite 79 plays, 30 first downs, 481 yards and a 97.1 passer rating.
“Whether you lost 41-6 or what the score was today, it’s still going to count the same,” he said.
Romo has an interception in six consecutive games. He has nine interceptions and two lost fumbles this season after having only 13 giveaways all of last season. But this loss wasn't on Romo.
Blame it on the 13 penalites and another return allowed for a touchdown, this time a 108-yard kickoff return. Blame it on a windy day that might have been the only reason Dan Bailey's kick wasn't true this time.  
“I think you just love playing the game in general, but that’s what makes the National Football League great every week,” he said. “So many games come down to a drive. Like tonight, it came down to a play, a kick. That’s what makes it exciting to watch, to play. I love being in the position where you can help your team win the game in the end. I think that’s why you play the game, so you can be put in that situation. A lot of our guys responded really, really well to that tonight.”
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