This is the only article you need to read as a New York Giants fan when it comes to Tony Romo retiring. As much as the guy tormented Big Blue during the regular season at times, in the end, the Giants’ two Super Bowl rings in the last decade went right through Dallas and Romo both times, so we can look back at his career fondly.
On a serious note, and maybe it’s my Houston roots, but I was disappointed to see he was stepping away from football. I thought he had at least one more run in him, and the Houston Texans seemed the perfect fit. Maybe the lure of football will be too much in the end and he’ll suit up for one more season.
Even if he does, it’s likely he has played his last game against Big Blue. With that in mind, these are the five best moments the Giants had against Romo during his years with the Dallas Cowboys.
5. Giants Rally From 12 Down in Week 14, 2011
The Cowboys and Giants are known for classic shootouts, at least lately, and Week 14 in 2011 was exactly that. Coming off a four-game losing streak and needing to turn momentum around for a playoff push, the Giants found themselves in a must-win game down by 12 with just under six minutes remaining.
Eli Manning’s 2011 season would be a record for fourth quarter touchdown passes, and he calmly led the Giants down the field on an 81-yard touchdown drive. After a three-and-out, a fortuitous punt and multiple defensive penalties, Brandon Jacobs put the Giants up with a one-yard touchdown.
The Giants converted the two-point conversion and gave the ball back to Romo with 46 seconds left. Like he has done so often in his career, Romo hit Miles Austin with two big plays to set up a tying field goal attempt. Unfortunately for Romo and the Cowboys, 2011 was also peak Jason Pierre-Paul. The big defensive end got his paws on the attempt by Dan Bailey and sealed the victory (more on this game and season later).
4. Giants Win First Game in Jerry World, Eli Manning Signs Visitor Locker Room
To say Eli Manning loves Jerry World would be an understatement. The Giants quarterback is 5-3 since the new stadium opened in 2009, including four straight wins from 2009-2012.
In that 2009 game, Romo turned in one of the worst performances of his career, passing for only 127 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The run game (251 total rush yards) kept the Cowboys in the game, and they went up 31-30 with 3:41 left in the fourth quarter. Plenty of time for clutch Eli.
Manning marched the Giants down the field, using up all the clock in the process. Lawrence Tynes hit a field goal twice (iced) and sent the Dallas fans home crying. To add insult to injury, Eli signed the visitors locker room. Boom, roasted.
3. Tony Romo Throws INT On First Ever Pass Against The Giants
This one is pretty simple. The Giants’ swarming defense was making fits of Drew Bledsoe, so Bill Parcels turned to Romo, who was welcomed by Dallas fans with thunderous chants of his name.
He rewarded them by throwing an interception on his first career pass against the Giants. Romo would end up throwing two more interceptions, the last of which was a 96-yard touchdown return that sealed the game. The Romo era began with a flop.
2. Giants Clinch NFC East at Home vs Cowboys in 2011
The 2011 Week 17 showdown between the Cowboys and Giants was for all the marbles, and a microcosm for everything Romo’s career will be remembered for: losing win-or-go-home games.
The Giants jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead, forcing the Cowboys to punt or end the first half on all five of their first-half possessions. Manning was as clutch as he was all year in 2011, throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions to finish the season sweep of the Cowboys and win the division.
New York would end up going on yet another magical run and capture Super Bowl XLVI.
1. R.W. McQuarters Intercepts Tony Romo to Seal NFC Divisional Round Victory in 2007
No Giants fan needs a setup for this one, but I’m going to give it to you anyway because I will enjoy writing it.
The Dallas Cowboys were the talk of the NFC in 2007. They finished 13-3, were the No. 1 seed and earned the coveted first-round bye. After dispatching of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wildcard round, the Giants set up a huge match with their division rivals.
No one gave the Giants much of a chance after losing both games to the Cowboys that year. It didn’t seem to matter to the Road Warriors. They swallowed up Romo and the vaunted Cowboys offense and held them to just 17 points. Despite that, the Cowboys had a chance to win the game with under 10 seconds to play. As if his first pass ever was a sign of things to come, Romo threw it right to R.W. McQuarters and ended the game.
The Giants continued that momentum with wins over the Green Bay Packers and the 18-0 New England Patriots to capture their first Super Bowl title since the 1990 season.