Cowboys may find out what they can do without Romo

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm •  Published: December 26, 2013
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IRVING, Texas (AP) — For years, Tony Romo's defenders have answered his penchant for costly late-game mistakes with a rhetorical question:

What would the Dallas Cowboys do without him?

It appears they will find out in their fourth playoffs-or-bust season finale against an NFC East rival since 2008 — and their first elimination game without Romo in 10 years.

Dallas hasn't ruled out the star quarterback for Sunday night's game against Philadelphia, but all signs point to Romo's back injury pushing Kyle Orton into the starting role after two years of limited play as the backup.

Surely Orton's name isn't the first that comes to mind for fans wanting a change after years of damaging interceptions, fumbles or, most infamously, the field goal flub when Romo dropped the snap on a kick that could have won his first playoff game in 2006.

Danny White, the last longtime Dallas starter who failed to meet Super Bowl expectations, challenges anyone to come up with a current quarterback who could do better in Romo's situation. And he's not kidding.

"Name whoever you want," said White, who lost three straight NFC championship games in the 1980s and lost his job to Gary Hogeboom. "I don't care if it's Tom Brady, if it's Peyton Manning, if it's Aaron Rodgers. I can make an argument for Tony getting better results than anybody else could get."

Romo has the same support from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on down, which is why the question of whether he's going to play against the Eagles is the hottest topic of the week in the NFL now that the Packers have said Rodgers will return from an seven-game absence for a similar winner-take-all battle for the NFC North title against Chicago.

Maybe the Cowboys are trying to keep the Eagles guessing when it comes to Romo, who injured his back during a 24-23 win over Washington that included a fourth-down touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray in the final 2 minutes.

Or maybe the Cowboys just can't bring themselves to believe the franchise leader in touchdown passes — ahead of Troy Aikman, White and Roger Staubach — is going to miss the game that decides whether they get a playoff game at their $1.2 billion stadium or go home early for the fourth straight season.

One thing's for sure. The confidence of his teammates wasn't shaken after Romo's latest crushing error — an interception that let the Packers finish a rally from a 23-point deficit in a 37-36 win two weeks ago.

Never mind that Romo is 1-6 in elimination games — three losses in the playoffs and three in season finales against NFC East rivals with the division title and a playoff spot on the line, including the past two years against the New York Giants and Washington.

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