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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo delivers in the clutch during 24-23 win against Redskins

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It was only one moment, but Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was clutch. In December, no less.

Romo's fourth-down, fourth-quarter touchdown to beat the Redskins does not mean he is the second coming of Troy Aikman. Heck, Romo might not even be the second coming of Danny White. However, nobody can blame him for Dallas losing another game in December.

In fact, Romo led Dallas to a 24-23 victory against Washington on Sunday. Yes, it really happened.
Dallas took over on its own 13-yard line with 3:39 remaining. Romo’s squad trailed by six points. Washington’s offense struggled most of the afternoon. It was another disaster waiting to happen.

Instead, Romo lead his team down to Washington’s 1-yard line. On third down, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was tackled for a seemingly devastating 9-yard loss. Dallas faced fourth-and-goal from the 10-yard line. Romo needed to make a play to keep Dallas’ playoff hopes alive.

Romo dropped back to attempt a pass, but the pocket collapsed. Romo stepped up to buy time and found Murray, who was open. Murray caught Romo’s pass around the 2-yard line and scored the game-winning touchdown.

With the score, Dallas set up a winner-takes-all-game against the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title in Week 17.

That was a big change of fortune for Romo and the Cowboys from a week ago when he threw two fourth-quarter interceptions in a stunning loss to the Green Bay Packers and was widely criticized for changing a play call from run to pass on the first of those picks.

Sunday's victory was not a signature game for Romo. He completed 17-of-27 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Romo wasn't great the entire game, but he was great when he needed to be. That's something that hasn't been said about Romo very often.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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