Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/28/12
The hype that has already surrounded this match, you could be forgiven for thinking that there was something more than a division title up for grabs. Of course, throw in the added ingredient of one of pro sports most heated rivalries, and the fact that a playoff place is there for the winners, something that both franchises have been starved of in recent times, its easy to see why the media attention is so hot.Lets not get into the complete X's and O's of how the game will be won and lost. Instead we shall explore and tell you three things that will happen during the course of the game which will help the eventual outcome.  1. Mike Shanahan's, been-there-and-done-it coaching savvy.The element of surprise is a thing of beauty on the football field. When you try an onside kick to start the second half, a fake punt on 4th and 20, even a simple flea flicker play for a long touchdown. Now were not about to suggest that Redskins Coach will rip up his playbook and throw caution into the night wind. He has seen enough in his many years playing and coaching the game, that to have a trick or two up your sleeve could be the difference n a tight game. He has the players that will execute an unorthodox play, especially as their confidence is through the roof right now. Washington come into the game on a six game win streak and nothing is seeming to faze them. So a little trick play bought into the scheme of things wont be a problem. Shanahan's know-how will see him gamble when (obviously) no one will expect it. 2. Robert Griffin III will have multiple turnovers.What an amazing season the rookie quarterback has had. If ever a franchise needed an excitement injection it was the Washington Redskins. Beaten in the draft by the Indianapolis Colts to the services of Andrew Luck, the team in the nations capital had to settle for second best. In this case coming second was as good as a lottery win.There have been many stories written about RG3 this year, that some players in his position don't get to see in their career. He really has been a revelation to the team and the league in general. It would be fair to say that everyone who follows the sport has at one time this season marvelled at some of the things hes done on the field, all with that bright smile on his face. As of yet he has yet to play in a game of this magnitude. Yes, he had to make his first start and gain his first win. Humps he got over quite quick. This Sunday is a different story.As of yet there have been no obvious show of nerves, and playing at home in this biggest of big games for the rookie should calm him down. Not to suggest that he will take the Cowboys defence for granted, after all they are one of the worst teams in the turnover ratio this season. Something tells me that this moment in front of the nation will see the DC hero fall, as he throws at least two interceptions and maybe cough up the ball once. 3. Tony Romo has a career day.Career day. Lets break it down a little.The Dallas Cowboys quarterback has had to carry his team on his shoulders for the majority of the season. Winning games from huge deficits that have been mostly self inflicted. He has been at fault on some of those, coupled with a porous defence that only seems to show up in the 4th quarter. This has of course led to some inflated numbers in his stats column. Through this he has stood up to it all. There was a time when this would have been all too much, and Romo would have folded under the weight of the commotion around him. This year has been different, He has grown in his play, and deflected all the negative talk that still surrounds him ever since that fateful fumble on the Seattle turf. No one can rewind the clock, but you can right some wrongs. Romo is setting about doing this, in a very measured and calculated way. Indeed if it wasn't for the rebirth of Peyton Manning in Denver, or the headline grabbing rookie playcallers, he would be mentioned in the same sentence as  - Who will be NFL MVP?Seriously. And this game on Sunday night will prove it. Where his opposite number will feel the pressure, in more ways than one, Romo will excel in the spotlight and finally get half of the monkey off his back (the other half being the Super Bowl primate). Sunday may not be a career day in terms of yards thrown and touchdowns scored, instead a very real sense of career defining moment. 
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