The Dallas Cowboys announced this morning that quarterback Tony Romo has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance Sunday in the team's overtime victory over the 49ers in San Francisco. This is clearly the second-biggest honor Romo has received today, after being named the quarterback of the rolling NFC East All-Division Team earlier this morning. At least I'm assuming that's the way these awards rank. I really don't want anyone to try and sway me otherwise, either.
It's the fifth time in his career that Romo has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week but the first time since Nov. 29, 2007, when he threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
This week, Romo was 20-for-33 for 345 yards and two touchdowns, coming back in the second half with a broken rib and a punctured lung to lead the Cowboys to a comeback victory. He did it without the services of wide receiver Dez Bryant, and he lost his other top receiver, Miles Austin, at the end of regulation. But his 77-yard pass to Jesse Holley set up the game-winning overtime field goal and evened the Cowboys' record to 1-1.
Nice comeback for Romo, who was being hailed as an all-time goat a week ago after his fourth-quarter turnovers cost the Cowboys the season opener against the Jets. If he recovers from his injuries and plays this week, there will surely be an extreme reaction to his performance one way or the other. I personally can't wait to chronicle it.