"I feel as though I let my team down," Romo told reporters after the game.
He also let down this guy and his brother. In a video uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 30th after the loss, a pair of Cowboys fans can be seen burning a Romo jersey (after jerry-rigging an improvised blow torch).
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As noted by SportsGrid, these brothers weren't the only ones burning their No. 9 jerseys after the Cowboys' latest crushing defeat. Nor were they the first family to make this a group activity. Back in October 2011, a video of a father-son combination blazing a Romo jersey went viral.
After the 32-year-old quarterback threw yet another crushing interception (this one to Rob Jackson) in yet another win-or-go-home defeat, even the professional observers were pretty harsh in their assessments.
While also addressing Dallas' inability to tackle Alfred Morris and the struggles of the offensive line, Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News wrote that Romo failed again when given a chance to extend another season.
"But that’s Romo," Gosselin wrote. "In the biggest games of his career, he has come up small."
In a terrific column for Yahoo! Sports, Les Carpenter sang "The Ballad of Tony Romo:"
Never in our recent time has there been a player so much like a Shakespearean character. He pulls the Cowboys, dysfunction and all, through the final weeks of seasons, building anticipation until it seems certain they are on the verge of THE year, the one that will end in a hail of confetti only to let everyone down in the game that matters most. His fatal flaws are always the same: bad passes, missed chances, balls that should never have been thrown.
What do the Cowboys do with Romo? What should fans do with those jerseys? To hear head coach Jason Garrett tell it, the Cowboys will be selling Romo jerseys for the foreseeable future.
"We have great belief of Tony Romo as our quarterback," Garrett said the day after the loss, via The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Tony has won a lot of big games for us, too, to get us to the point where we can play for the division in Week 17 in consecutive years. We all know that we want to take the next step, and Tony is going to be a big part of that going forward."