Tony Romo threw three of his four interceptions in the first 16:55 that helped spot the Giants a 23-0 lead. At one point, his passer rating was a paltry 11.1.
Still, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he never considered benching Romo in favor of backup Kyle Orton.
“Absolutely not, by just watching [Romo] play football for the last five years,” Garrett said. “He is an outstanding football player. I think everybody saw that. He did a great job overcoming a lot of different things in this game. We became one-dimensional, because of their commitment to stopping the run, and I think he did a great job giving us a chance at the end.”
Romo completed 36 of 62 passes for 437 yards. His attempts set a franchise record. His passing yards were a career-high and third in club history behind Don Meredith’s 460 yards against San Francisco in 1963 and Troy Aikman’s 455 against Minnesota in 1998.
He threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and almost threw the game-winning touchdown.
But his four interceptions tied for the third most in his career, and his 58.3 passing rating was the ninth-lowest of his 84 starts.
“Any time you give a team that many turnovers, especially a good ball club, it’s going to be tough to win the game,” Romo said. “We had our chance at the end, and obviously that was tough.”
Romo has thrown nine interceptions in the past two home games, losses to Chicago and the Giants, and has 13 for the season. He had only 10 interceptions last season and in only two seasons in his career has he had more than 13. He threw 14 picks in 2008 and 19 in 2007.
Worse, three have been returned for touchdowns. Jason Pierre-Paul’s 28-yard interception return in the second quarter Sunday gave the Giants a 23-0 lead.
-- Charean Williams