Flashback: Dallas Vs. Carolina – 2006

Tony Romo walked off the field against the NY Giants sorry that he threw three interceptions one of which was returned for a touchdown. And also feeling bad that he could not lead the Cowboys to a victory. He also wondered if he would be the starter for the next game against the Carolina Panthers.

You might be saying to yourself…What is he talking about? Why would Romo wonder if he was going to start against Carolina next week?

Well, the game I’m actually speaking of was the 36-22 loss to the Giants back in 2006 when Tony Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe at the start of the second half. Although he threw three interceptions it was a breath of fresh air for Cowboys fans who saw something in Romo that they had not seen in a long time. Coach Bill Parcells made the decision to make Tony Romo the Cowboys starter the next week against the Carolina Panthers.

It was Tony Romo’s first NFL start for a Cowboys team who were 3-3 on the season and struggling to find who they were. The game did not start off well for the Cowboys as they gave up a touchdown run to DeShaun Foster. Following that touchdown was Romo’s only mistake of the game when he tried to force a ball to Terrell Owens which resulted in an interception. Carolina turned that into a 14-0 first quarter lead on a 24 yard touchdown run from receiver Steve Smith.

Romo then took charge on the next Dallas drive as he led them to their first touchdown of the night. A three yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten to cut the lead to 14-7. That was followed by a Mike Vanderjagt FG to make the score 14-10 Carolina at halftime.

The teams went scoreless in the third quarter, but that would not be the case for the Cowboys in the fourth quarter. After another Mike Vanderjagt FG made the score 14-13, it was a special teams play that turned things around and allowed Dallas to dominate the Panthers. Sam Hurd recovered a fumble by Carolina on the kickoff which led to the Cowboys first lead of the game. That came courtesy of Julius Jones who scored one play later from 14 yards out to take a 21-14 lead after Romo hit Owens for the two point conversion.

Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme was intercepted by Dallas safety Roy Williams which led to a three yard touchdown run by Marion Barber and a 28-14 Dallas lead. Barber added his second touchdown of the night and final one for the Cowboys after Greg Ellis forced a fumble after sacking Delhomme. Dallas walked away with a 35-14 win over the Carolina Panthers and new life at the quarterback position. Also improving their season record to 4-3.

Romo finished the night going 24 of 36, 270 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The running game was led by Julius Jones who ran for 92 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown. Owens finished the game with 9 receptions for 107 yards.

The Dallas defense did a good job holding Pro-Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith to just 55 yards on six receptions and held Jake Delhomme to just 149 yards passing. In all the Dallas defense held the Carolina offense to only 204 yards.

“Y’all didn’t think we could do that,” Bradie James said to no one in particular before moving out of sight in the locker room after the game.

“We had a lot to gain tonight,” running back Julius Jones said. “We said our season starts now. Hopefully, it will carry over.”

“I thought he did a pretty good job,” Parcells said of Romo’s performance. “I know it was a big decision to make. It was a hard decision to make. I’m glad it worked out – temporarily anyway.”

“We haven’t been having a lot of fun,” Parcells said. “They’re having fun right now, and that’s what I enjoy the most: when I see the faces of those players. I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms like this one tonight. I’ve been fortunate.

“It’s been tough, you never know, the change that we made at quarterback,” Romo said. “You never know what you’re going to get. I was anxious, just like Bill was, to see what we were going to do.”

“I think this team has a lot of heart and a lot of resilience,” Romo said. “We showed that tonight.”

The Cowboys pulled themselves together after that Giants loss in 2006 and went out determined to play a good game and beat the Panthers. The team supported Tony Romo and even awarded him the game ball. It was said that the season just started after Dallas beat the Panthers in 2006. Let’s hope this weeks game against the Panthers is the same kind of start we are looking for after a bad loss to the Giants.

Here is the link to the games box score…

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200610290car.htm

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