It is all about the quarterback in the National Football League and on Sunday one lived up to his rather dubious reputation while another fell short.
In Dallas with the Cowboys, the rap on quarterback Tony Romo has been his penchant for falling apart late in the season.
Unfortunately for Romo, the pattern continued as the Cowboys blew a 23-point disadvantage before falling 37-36 to the Green Bay Packers who somehow remain in the hunt in the NFC North without the convalescing Aaron Rogers running the offence.
The beleaguered Romo was intercepted on Dallas’ final two drives and that went a long way toward helping the Pack erase the 26-3 lead the Cowboys enjoyed in the first half.
The headline in the Dallas Morning News – ‘Tony Romo chokes in the clutch yet again’ – summed things up rather succinctly as Romo’s career December record dropped to 11-17 with 26 interceptions.
Romo isn’t alone in the blame as the loss is described as “an organization failure of epic proportions” with plenty of fingers being aimed at Dallas head coach Jason Garrett.
Dallas owner Jerry Jones, who earlier in the game was shown celebrating in his private suite as the Cowboys built their big lead, was obviously upset after the outcome.
Jones termed the setback as one of the “hardest losses that I’ve experienced,” but was emphatic that the job of Garrett was secure heading into next season.
The old vote of confidence is never a good sign.
You know the Cowboy’s plight is getting desperate when organizations like the Atlanta Hawks – what have they won lately? – mocked Dallas on their official Twitter account.
As downcast as the loss left the Cowboys, the Packers were understandably elated by the turn of events.
“I feel like we won the Super Bowl,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews chirped afterward in the Green Bay locker room.
In Miami, the stage was set for more late-game heroics from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who in the previous three games had saved his team’s bacon with stirring last-second rallies.
With the Dolphins leading 24-20, Brady led the Patriots from their own 20 with one minute, 15 seconds left in the game down to the Miami 14 where it appeared Mr. Clutch would come through again.
However, with two seconds left in the game, Brady’s potential game-winning touchdown lob was intercepted by Michael Thomas in the end zone that sealed the surprising Miami victory .
That is the problem with living on the edge, as the Patriots discovered --eventually you fall off.
The game is viewed as a watershed moment for a Miami franchise aching to become relevant again.
Were it not for the incredible year that is being enjoyed by Peyton Manning, more people would be looking to anoint Jamaal Charles as the NFL’s most-valuable player
The Kansas City Chiefs runningback enjoyed another fine afternoon, piling up five touchdowns and 195 yards receiving as the Chiefs clinched a playoff spot with a 56-31 romp over the Oakland Raiders
Suarez mocked and then scores twice
You have to love this little show of pre-game mockery by a little girl directed at Luis Suarez before the Liverpool star took the field against Tottenham.
Suarez laughed off the nose-thumbing gesture and went on to score twice as Liverpool cruised to a 5-0 victory over Tottenham.
Milan Lucic gets into bar scrap
The language was foul in downtown Vancouver after the Boston Bruins played the Canucks on Saturday and Boston forward Milan Lucic decided to sample the city’s nightlife
Police were called to restore order but at least one member of the Vancouver Police said he was not aware of the incident.