IRVING, Texas —
The Cowboys were on the verge of a 3-1 start in 2011, leading the Lions 27-3 in the third quarter when Romo threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns and a third that set up Detroit’s winning score.
Dallas went on to the first of consecutive 8-8 seasons, both ending with losses in playoffs-or-bust finales. What made it worse was Romo only had seven interceptions combined in the other 15 games, and the Cowboys wasted his only season with a 100-plus quarterback rating.
“There were a lot of good things in that game,” Garrett said. “Obviously we didn’t finish that game the way we wanted to throughout our football team. We turned the ball over on offense and hopefully that’s something we learned from.”
Maybe so, and maybe Romo showed it last week against Philadelphia.
The Eagles were struggling on offense, down 10-0 late in the third quarter. Romo threw an interception that was the fault of running back Phillip Tanner for a wrong route that steered a pass intended for someone else into the path of linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Philadelphia took over at the Dallas 30 and reached the 9 before settling for a field goal.
Callahan’s response? Eight passes by Romo on a 10-play drive that ended with a 9-yard scoring toss to rookie Terrance Williams. Romo had seven completions for 69 yards.
“The mental side of the game is really intriguing for me because he has such a great feel for coverage and he sees things and he knows what defenses are doing,” Callahan said. “He’s been really astute in that respect. That’s what really impresses me.”
Romo’s interception against the Eagles was just his fifth of the season, much closer to the fewest in the league than the most, which is where he spent most of last season after a rash of picks early in the year.
The 33-year-old’s QB rating is over 100 again, and he has the Cowboys in first place in the NFC East and facing the Lions with a chance to for a three-game winning streak — just like two years ago.