Tony Romo's season might be over, and the Dallas Cowboys' season might as well be. As for Eli Manning and the New York Giants, everything's...
ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo’s season might be over, and the Dallas Cowboys’ season might as well be.
As for Eli Manning and the New York Giants, everything’s clicking.
Romo broke his left collarbone in the second quarter, then teammates let a 13-point lead turn into a 41-35 loss Monday night that helps send both teams in opposite directions in the NFC East.
The Giants (5-2) won their fourth straight and moved a full game ahead in the division.
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Dallas slumped to 1-5, its worst start since 1989. That was the year Jerry Jones bought the team, Jimmy Johnson took over as coach and the Cowboys went 1-15. Everyone knew that team would stink. This club, however, had Super Bowl hopes.
“It’ll be tough,” said Romo, who has missed only three games since replacing Drew Bledsoe as Dallas’ quarterback in October 2006. “The train keeps going on. The games are going to be played.”
Any chance of turning this season around ended when Romo was drilled by blitzing linebacker Michael Boley in the second quarter. Recovery time is generally 8 to 10 weeks and, by then, there may not be any reason to rush back.
Romo went down hard on his left shoulder and remained flat on his back. X-rays showed the break before halftime, but he was back on the sideline for the second half, his arm in a sling and covered by a jacket. He wore a headset and tried to encourage teammates.
“The guard didn’t see me,” Boley said. “I came in scot-free. … When he hit the ground, I heard him let out a little scream. I knew something was up, but I didn’t think he was going to lay down.”
The Cowboys actually were up only 10-7 when Romo left and stretched it to 20-7. Then New York scored on its next five possessions, a 31-point flurry that sent home much of the crowd by the middle of the third.
“There’s no question we had a letdown when Romo went out of the ballgame,” Jones said.
Dallas backup Jon Kitna, a former Seahawk, hadn’t played since Oct. 5, 2008, when he was part of Detroit’s winless season.
His first and third passes were tipped. The next time he dropped back, he was sacked for a 10-yard loss, forcing Dallas to punt from its own end zone. The Giants took advantage of the short field to score the go-ahead touchdown. His next pass was fumbled by Jason Witten.
Kitna threw two touchdown passes to rookie Dez Bryant in the final 3:17, but Dallas failed to recover onside kicks after each.