Dallas Cowboys 21, Carolina Panthers 7
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo didn’t remove every doubt or silence every critic. He didn’t pad his Cowboys-record 17 300-yard passing games.
But in the grand scheme of things, he didn’t screw anything up Monday night, either.
Playing opposite Carolina’s tormented turnover machine, Jake Delhomme, Romo was the superior quarterback, and that enabled the Cowboys to win at their new home for the first time, 21-7.
And yet the score was 7-0 Panthers at halftime, with the hometown boos mounting as the Dallas offense stalled and sputtered through a scoreless 30 minutes.
“You know how the first half went. We beat ourselves,” Romo said. “We didn’t have a lot of plays drawn up for third-and-20.”
To turn things around after halftime, it’s not as if Romo went wild. And that was the point, really. He didn’t go wild while Delhomme did.