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November 28, 2013

Going viral: Romo perfect in second half, posts 101.7 quarterback rating despite playing with the flu

Tony Romo woke up and felt like he was in a cold medicine commercial.

He didn’t feel good.

But he got up, reached for all the medicine he could find, and delivered a 31-14 victory for the Cowboys.

“A bunch of stuff. I don’t even know,” he said, asked what he took to feel better. “It’s a virus, so you just hold on, try to get better. No big deal.”

Romo completed 23 of 32 passes for 225 yards, a touchdown and took two sacks. He was perfect in the second half, going 12-for-12, and finished with a 101.7 quarterback rating, his first in four games. He had a completion percentage of 70 or better for the first time since San Diego.

Not bad for what could have been a sick day.

“He didn’t have a great look on his face from a physical standpoint. He looked a little drawn to me,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We talked about the great Joe Montana story in the Cotton Bowl. We didn’t actually get him the chicken soup, but we tried to get a little drama going so maybe he would respond to it. I think as much as anything else, when he got going out there, he started feeling good, particularly in that drive before the half, and I think it carried into the second half.”

Romo didn’t want the hero treatment.

“Whatever it is – a bug, some shape or form – you know, you just kind of feel down,” he said. “But it’s no different than guys playing through pain or anything. It’s just part of football.”

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