Tony Romo took a beating, wins in fourth

CINCINNATI -- By the end of Sunday’s 20-19 win at Cincinnati, Tony Romo’s No. 9 was torn and the Pro Football Hall of Fame patch was missing.

His back, however, was feeling OK.

Romo was sent to the ground on a 14-yard sack by Michael Johnson as Carlos Dunlap ripped at the quarterback’s face mask.

“I’ll be all right,” said Romo, who was sacked three times. “I just twisted it up a little bit. Normal stuff in football.”

Romo completed 25 of 43 passes for 268 yards. He opened the game with five straight completions to give him 17 over two games to establish a team record. Steve Pelluer and Randall Cunningham shared the team mark with 14.

With his touchdown pass to Dez Bryant, Romo has had at least 20 touchdown in a season five times, most in team history. His 349 completions are also a season team mark, and he needs 25 more attempts to set a team mark in a year.

Of the Cowboys’ seven wins, four have been fourth-quarter comebacks. Romo now has 17 in his career.

“We needed to win,” Romo said. “We needed to win last week. We needed to win five weeks in a row. We’re 4-1, I think, in our last five. We’re not a perfect football team. I think we know that we’re going to be in a battle every week we play. We have to play a really, good, sound football game to have a chance. Our team continues to be mentally tough and keep staying in this thing.

“I’m proud of our guys, the mental toughness it took and what it takes to win these games. It’s not easy. We’ve just got to keep going forward and keep getting better.”