After tossing about three interceptions throughout his latest make-or-break defeat, Tony Romo shuffled around a quiet locker room, grimacing plus taking a look at this floor.
He dressed creakily. Merely settling upon his dark socks made an appearance to become an ordeal.
Now occurs a moreheavy-duty task to get that Dallas Cowboys' quarterback: digesting his functionality inside a season-ending 28-18 decline for the Washington Redskins on Sunday night time when using the NFC East title within the line.
"I feel because even though I enable each of our workforce down," Romo said at his postgame announcement conference, his words and phrases deliberate, his / her stare blank.
"Your heritage will be written if you are accomplished using the game," mentioned Romo, in whose about three interceptions corresponding his entire in the previous eight video games combined.
"It's disappointing definitely not appearing qualified to receive over that hump," he / she added, "but I likewise know that football will be the quintessential company sport plus I need to continue on to improve, as well as our basketball workforce does, to acquire there."
Needing a new victory over the competitor Redskins (10-6) to arive at the playoffs, the Cowboys (8-8) finished at .500 for your next time from a row. They'll miss the actual postseason for your third consecutive year.
And this is the lastly time period while in the previous five several years which Dallas displaced their regular-season finale whenever a win can be allowed the item in order to preserve playing.
"We have a very major challenge ahead with us. (The Redskins) are, regarding course, inside the tournament, along with we must remain at home and also take into consideration getting in the tournament. This is usually extremely disappointing. We have online players which may have fought hard many year, but it surely would not finish up the way most people wanted," Cowboys manager Jerry Jones said. "And considered one of my work is to evaluate and also review in addition to help make decisions inside offseason that can help us be around improved shape."
He can easily check out Washington to see the way immediately elements can certainly change.
Rookies Robert Griffin I and Alfred Morris necessary exclusively a number of many months to offer this Redskins their earliest dividing title seeing that 1999.
Griffin, the Heisman Trophy champion drew up minute overall, ran pertaining to 63 meters and also a touchdown. Morris, the sixth-rounder from Florida Atlantic, ran pertaining to 200 back yards in addition to several TDs. He fixed that franchise single-season hastening record for the Redskins, which turned across the time driving their quarterback's expertise and authority to be able to win seven straight games, being the first NFL company to create the particular playoffs following starting up 3-6 since the particular 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars.
After the end whistle, crew captain Griffin strolled there are various field with a big smile, holding up their left index hand from a No. one particular gesture. Washington, which set some sort of franchise file having simply 14 turnovers that season (zero with Sunday), will certainly particular Seattle future Sunday.
Romo, meanwhile, was intercepted with every single connected with Dallas' first a pair of possessions. His previous revenues had been this irritated your ex boyfriend your most: A poor dispose of had been picked off by way of Rob Jackson when the Cowboys have an opportunity to be able to travel to get a successful score within the final minutes.
"That'll consume at myself for several weeks now," Romo said.
He virtually started to be the 1st Dallas quarterback that will throw pertaining to 5,000 back yards in a very season, however his / her career is actually instead more impure by way of late-season disappointments. He likewise had Week 17 cutbacks for the Philadelphia Eagles (44-6) with 2008 plus the New York Giants (31-14) previous year, together with a 1-3 track record inside playoff games (who can forget the actual botched hold?).
"There's happen to be a few most of these online games into the finish belonging to the year which have been important games in addition to most of us haven't gotten that done for a football team plus Tony's without doubt an integral part of that, although everybody's section of that," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.
On Sunday, Morris' 32-yard scamper gave the Redskins a new 21-10 sofa with 10 moments left. Trying to play catch-up, Dallas torn in two inside of some using a 10-yard TD pass that will Kevin Ogletree and a 2-point the conversion process by using 5:50 to play. But Morris' lastly touchdown, a 1-yard work using 1:09 left, made the particular outcome.
It did not assist matters to get Dallas which receivers Dez Bryant (back) along with Miles Austin (left ankle) received injured. Bryant, exactly who Garrett said "really could hardly even walk," still left after some catches intended for 71 yards.
"Missing those two males is usually crucial," said Ogletree, who acquired a talking-to from Romo after the QB's first interception.
In the actual end, Dallas additionally was harm by lacking five damaged beginners on some sort of security that will simply could certainly not quit Morris.
But what is going to be remembered largely shall be the play with Romo, which accomplished 20 with thirty-one moves for 218 yards, typically experiencing pressure from what Garrett described as the approach the Redskins "just sorts of rolodexed all those blitzes through."
"We find out Romo doesn't such as pressure throughout his face, in order that was your massive thing," Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. "We was required to get force in place the actual middle. Not so much to the outside; hold your ex with the particular pocket. That's might know about made it possible to do."
Notes: Cowboys KR-WR Dwayne Harris was upon crutches following the game. Garrett claimed your dog experienced some sort of lessen lower-leg injury. . Dallas is definitely 128-128 within regular-season online games because start of 1997 season.