Tony Romo's legacy will always be "that guy who throws soul-crushing interceptions"
5 touchdown passes.
506 passing yards.
140 QB rating.
14.1 yards per passing attempt.
69.4% completion percentage.
Yet when all was said and done, the only thing anyone is talking about is the interception that he threw late in the 4th quarter to set up the Broncos' game-winning field goal.
Is it fair that arguably the best game of Romo's career will be criticized more than ever?
Quite frankly... yes. It's completely fair.
If this was anyone else with less of a history of coughing up the ball in big moments, it would be ridiculous to fault him for one mistake in an otherwise exceptional game. If it were anyone else, we'd be giving him credit for keeping the team close against the NFL's most talented and dominant team. If it were anyone else, we'd praise the QB and scold the defense for forcing him into a situation where he had to make great plays over and over and over again.
But it's Tony Romo.
Pretty much everyone watching that game knew exactly what was going to happen. Even as the Cowboys were putting together what would have been the go-ahead drive, Twitter was abuzz with people wondering how Romo would somehow find a way to screw it up.
That's what Tony Romo is. He's a talented, confident quarterback. He is capable of doing incredible things, as we saw yesterday. But when the rubber meets the road, he's the guy who throws interceptions late in the game to blow it when it matters most.
Sorry, but that's just what Tony Romo is. It's no longer unfair to label him that way, since it has gotten to the point where we've come to expect it, and he never lets us down.
Nice game, Tony. But unless you do it for 60 minutes, these interceptions will forever define your legacy.