Everything was going so well for Tony Romo. He had arguably put on his best performance ever. Then, with one throw in the final minutes of the fourth quarter -- to the wrong team -- none of that mattered.
With the Cowboys and Broncos tied 48-48, Romo had the ball and the chance at a game-winning drive with 2:39 left in the game. He had already thrown for over 500 yards (first time of his career) and five touchdown passes. But facing 2nd and 16 from his own 14-yard line, Romo got tripped up as he threw a pass intended for tight end Gavin Escobar. Denver's Danny Trevathan dove in front of Escobar and intercepted it, giving Peyton Manning 1:57 to work with for a potential game-winning drive.
Denver converted two first downs and kicked a game-winning field goal with two seconds left.
"The kid made a good play," Romo said after the loss, via NFL.com. "I didn't get as much on it just with the people around me as I wanted to. I wanted to put it another foot or two out in front. I didn't put it exactly where I need to to complete the pass. And it's frustrating and disappointing."
Romo completed 25 of his 36 passes while becoming the 15th player in NFL history to throw for 500 yards or more in a single game. It was the 12th most passing yards ever thrown in an NFL game, per Pro Football Reference.
“Tony played the best game that I’ve ever seen him play in his career, not only from the standpoint of how he executed, not only how he created plays but his leadership," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the game, per the Dallas Morning News. “That was unfortunate that it came down to that at the end, but you can see the very best over on the other side of the ball, it can happen to them, too."
Will Romo's stellar performance be overshadowed by the fourth-quarter interception?