Tony Romo's first career start came in Carolina in 2006.
"Obviously, it was a really long time ago," Romo said Thursday. "You always appreciate that time."
He replaced Drew Bledsoe in the second half of the previous week's game against the Giants. He completed 14 of 25 passes for 227 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in the 36-22 loss to the Giants before coach Bill Parcells handed Romo the job the next week against the Panthers.
"It was good," Romo said of the week leading up to his first start. "It was one of those moments where you feel prepared. You do everything you can, and you don’t really know what to expect. Then, when your team wins the ball game it just feels great."
It was the first of 49 career victories for Romo as he went 24-of-36 for 270 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the 35-14 victory over the Panthers. The Cowboys, who were 3-3 entering that game, won five of six and finished the season 9-7.
-- Charean Williams