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Despite uneven return, Tony Romo good enough to lead Cowboys over Dolphins

Miami Dolphins Reshad Jones leaps up as Dallas Cowboys Darren McFadden blocks him as Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo looks for a reciever in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, November 22, 2015.
Miami Dolphins Reshad Jones leaps up as Dallas Cowboys Darren McFadden blocks him as Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo looks for a reciever in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, November 22, 2015. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

The Dallas Cowboys are 3-0 this season when Tony Romo starts and 0-7 when he doesn’t.

And that’s all you really have to say about the man Terrell Owens was referring to when he once famously cried, “He’s my quarterback.”

Romo, who seemingly has just as many detractors as he has supporters, came back on Sunday after missing seven games because of a broken collarbone.

He led the Cowboys to a 24-14 win over the Dolphins, throwing a game-winning touchdown pass to Dez Bryant with 14:55 left in the game.

Romo, who finished with 227 yards passing, completing 18 of 28 passes, said he did some unusual things in his first game back. The most unusual was his first pass, which he lobbed with his left hand to escape a heavy rush.

“I didn’t envision my first pass coming with my left hand, but I did practice that about seven or eight years ago,” Romo said light-heartedly of the toss that resulted in a 9-yard gain to running back Darren McFadden.

More seriously, Romo — who was intercepted twice — said he played some situational football.

“Sometimes, I threw it a little bit away and low because I wasn’t exactly 100 percent certain, and that comes from the long layoff,” Romo said. “As the game went on, I started to find that rhythm, and we started moving the ball pretty well.”

After Dallas scored a defensive touchdown, Romo gave the Cowboys a 14-0 lead with 1:08 left in the first half. He lobbed a perfect 31-yard pass to Terrance Williams, who beat cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Brice McCain toward the back right corner of the end zone. That capped a 12-play, 93-yard drive.

Romo, though, also made mistakes, namely the two interceptions.

On the first one, Romo, facing a blitz on a third-and-6 at the Dolphins’ 12, lobbed a pass toward the end zone that was easily intercepted by Brent Grimes.

Romo’s second interception — grabbed by rookie linebacker Neville Hewitt — also happened when he tried to avoid the pass rush.

“Tony made some plays at different times,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “The two turnovers are plays he wants to have back, but he made a ton of other plays.”

There’s little doubt the Cowboys are a better team with Romo at the controls. In fact, he was perhaps never more valuable this season than when he was injured.

When it comes to Romo, the argument about his value can be distilled to two sets of numbers: 3-0 or 0-7, take your pick.

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