ARLINGTON, Texas — December disappointments continue to haunt quarterback Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.
Matching the largest come-from-behind win in the franchise's 94-year history, Green Bay rallied for a 37-36 win over Dallas on Sunday afternoon, celebrated by an estimated 25,000 Packer fans sprinkled among the crowd of 91,054 at AT&T Stadium.
Romo, who dropped to 13-21 in December/January games, threw two late-game interceptions to help the Packers rally from a 26-3 halftime deficit.
“You're always angry after you lose. You're always disappointed, frustrated, all that stuff,” Romo said. “You have to figure out how to do better. We've had some big wins. We've had a couple of losses. This obviously falls in the tough loss category.”
It was so tough that wide receiver Dez Bryant left the field while Green Bay was milking the final seconds off the clock. Bryant, the former OSU star, hauled in 11 passes for 153 yards and a score. He declined to talk to reporters after the game.
“It was two different games,” said Dallas owner/general manager Jerry Jones. “I don't know when I've seen us play better in the first half. The second half, you could tell right off the bat they knew we'd lost most of our linebackers (to injuries).”
Dallas' injury-riddled defense is on pace to allow the third-most yards in NFL history. But Sunday's meltdown was more glaring because of the huge halftime lead.
The Cowboys, though, were still in control. They went up 36-24 midway through the fourth quarter when Romo connected with Bryant for a 5-yard touchdown.
On Dallas' next two possessions, Romo threw interceptions. Sam Shields picked off Romo with 2:50 left to set up Eddie Lacy's 1-yard, go-ahead touchdown run.
The Cowboys still had one timeout and ample time (1:31) to drive to a game-winning field goal on a day former OSU kicker Dan Bailey was 5-for-5, including two 50-yarders.
Instead of leading the Cowboys to last-minute wins like he did in Dallas' two previous home games against Oakland and Minnesota, Romo was intercepted by Tramon Williams. On the final interception, receiver Cole Beasley stopped running his route.
“I threw an interception at the end. That's what it is,” Romo said. “No one cares how it happened or what happened. The ultimate thing it comes down to is did you win or did you lose?”