Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo continued to fuel the rampant chatter that he folds late in ballgames in December.
After leading 26-3 at halftime and 29-10 midway through the third quarter, the Cowboys defense gave up three consecutive Matt Flynn touchdown passes – with a Romo TD pass to Dez Bryant sandwiched in — and a 1-yard game-clinching run by Packers’ running back Eddie Lacy to seal the victory for Green Bay.
The comeback win – 23 points – matched the biggest comeback win in Green Bay franchise history.
While the Dallas defense gave up 433 total yards and allowed backup QB Flynn to throw for 299 and four touchdowns, it was two late interceptions from Romo that helped seal the Cowboys’ fate, a tale that is becoming all-too familiar for Dallas fans.
Several players expressed their displeasure with the Cowboys second half performance, but according to owner/general manager Jerry Jones, this loss was one of the most difficult to take in his tenure with the organization, via the Associated Press’ Stephen Hawkins.
“This is one of the hardest losses that I’ve experienced. That’s a shame that we’ve lost that ballgame,” Jones said. “When you have that kind of lead and you are playing well, and we were playing well, then it’s a shame to lose a ballgame like that.”
Dallas (7-7) is three games behind the San Francisco 49ers (10-4) for the final Wild Card spot in the NFC with two games to play, so it will take passing the Philadelphia Eagles (8-6) in the East to make the playoffs.
The Cowboys already beat the Eagles once this season – a week 7, 17-3 win – and should both win next week, their playoff fates will be decided when they square off again in the final game of the season.