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Tony Romo looks pretty clutch as he leads the Cowboys to a last-second win over the Giants

Frank Schwab
Shutdown Corner

When Tony Romo makes another mistake in the clutch, and everyone wails that he's a loser, they'll conveniently forget days like Sunday.

Romo was great on the Cowboys' final drive as Dallas pulled off a 24-21 win over the Giants on the final play, a game-winning field goal by Dan Bailey. The Cowboys improved to 6-5 and are tied for first place in the NFC East with Philadelphia.

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Even though everyone probably expected a Romo interception after the Giants tied it up with a touchdown and two-point conversion late in the game, he came up with big play after big play on the final drive, going 6-of-9 passing.

He completed three different third-down passes, the first two to Dez Bryant and a third to Cole Beasley for 13 yards on third-and-10. That came a play after Romo appeared to hit Bryant with a pass inside the 10-yard line, but Bryant lost the ball as he went to the ground. Romo kept calm and hit Beasley to get the Giants' 15-yard line. Romo took a knee twice, then Bailey won the game.

Romo's critics are quick to jump on him when he makes a mistake. They act like games like Sunday or Romo's game-winning drive against Minnesota two weeks ago, in which he threw a game-winning touchdown in the final minute, never happened.

Romo is having a tremendous year. If it weren't for Peyton Manning running away with the MVP award, Romo might be the most valuable this season. On Sunday, when the Cowboys needed him, he was tremendous. He helped keep Dallas alive for an NFC East title.

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