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December 27, 2012

Tony Romo is healthy and on a roll in December

Before last season, Tony Romo was criticized for his December play. But last December and this December, Romo's numbers have been championship-caliber.

In the four games in December 2011, including the Eagles game when he played only one series before bruising his hand, he completed 72 of 105 passes for 869 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. In the four games this December, he has completed 103 of 155 passes for 1,328 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception.

So in his past eight December games, Romo has completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,197 yards, 18 touchdowns and one interception.

"I think it’s great that he’s having a great close, a great finish to the season," Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said Thursday. "Hopefully, we can extend it beyond that. I think anytime you finish strong, I think it speaks volumes to learning, and it speaks volumes to understanding the people around you, the players, adapting and then, of course, producing. I think that’s the bottom line. His production numbers are high because there’s more continuity among the offense. We’re throwing it more, which allows him to get in more of a rhythm. As you go through these games, the more you throw it, the better feel that you’re going to have toward the defense, the coverages, your receivers, etc… I think that comes with throwing the ball more. Obviously, when you watch the great quarterbacks in the league, the more they throw it, the more they get comfortable; the more rhythm they get in; and they have the ability to extend plays and obviously make conversions that they normally wouldn’t make when you’re throwing less. I think it speaks volumes for him."

The Cowboys will win the NFC East with a victory over the Redskins on Sunday. It is the same situation they faced on Jan. 1 when they lost to the Giants 31-14. But Romo received a pain-killing injection in his injured throwing hand before that game. He went 29-for-37 for 289 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

"I don't want to go back into that," Romo said Thursday. 

Romo is healthy for this year's finale after having nicks, bumps and bruises earlier in the year while enduring 34 sacks.

“It’s good to feel that your body feels all right at this time of year,” Romo said. “You don’t always get that. I feel lucky to be in that position.”

-- Charean Williams

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