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November 16, 2012

Romo’s making big plays

IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo’s spectacular scramble provided a big boost for the Cowboys.

Many were impressed after Romo escaped the grasp of an Eagles pass rusher by starting backward and then reversing to go toward the line of scrimmage.

He made another defensive lineman miss with a quick cut to his right, which set him up perfectly to throw 25 yards to Miles Austin.

Something else was unique about Sunday. Romo had the play that changed the game, and avoided turnovers.

That’s been an elusive combination, and one of the reasons the Cowboys (4-5) have struggled at times.

Without the play, Dallas would have punted and gone to the fourth quarter trailing 17-10.

Instead, Dallas tied the game, and the Cowboys pulled away for the 38-23 win.

They scored on a punt return, an interception and a fumble, a first for that trifecta in franchise history.

There was a sense, though, that everything could have been different without the play from Romo, who connected on a 30-yard touchdown to Dez Bryant three plays after the scramble — on another third down.

“Well, like I said after the game, in some ways you just kind of have a sensation that it’s an important time to obviously try and get a first down, and that was a point in the game that I felt like it was in our best interest as a football team to take that chance,” Romo said. “You know watching it back afterward, there are just some things you feel, see and react to.”

Dallas coach Jason Garrett gets concerned about the sometimes freewheeling Romo, who has a reputation of carelessness when it comes to protecting the ball.

He leads the NFL with 13 interceptions, and he enters Sunday’s home game against Cleveland (2-7) knowing he threw nine of them in his past two starts at home.

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