Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/13/12

When the clock counted down to read nothing but zeros, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo triumphantly walked on the field granting postgame interviews with the biggest smile possible. 

The feeling of jubilation poured out of Romo, having beaten the Super Bowl champions and long-time nemesis, the New York Giants. 

Now Romo has his sights set on beating the Seattle Seahawks. 

A win versus Seattle will keep the Cowboys at the top of the NFC East, if not for the lead all together.

This game, however, takes place in Seattle where Romo's last nightmare took place.

The last three meetings with the Seahawks, Romo has excelled and shined brightly, passing for over 250 yards in each game and a combined eight touchdowns with only one interception! 

In all three games, Dallas played at home.

Romo has not been back to play in Seattle since 2007, when the Dallas Cowboys flew in to battle it out in an NFC Wild Card showdown and left with great disappointment.

The 21-20 victory-escape by the Seahawks was one that punched Romo in the gut and took the air out of the Cowboys, eliminating them from the 2007 playoffs.

With time winding down, Romo led the offense down the field and put the Cowboys in position to have newly-acquired kicker, Martin Gramatica, kick a 19-yard field goal to secure the win. 

What happened next could only be found in a Hollywood script. Pulling double duty at the time, Romo received the snap but was unable to secure the ball and hold it for Gramatica to kick the winning field goal.  

Having botched the hold, Romo scrambled towards the goal line but was inevitably tackled at the 2-yard line, failing to score and even failing to get a possible first down at the 1-yard line!

Romo's meltdown preserved Seattle's win and embedded a nightmare deep into the memory-bank of all who wear the silver star with pride.

Going into that Wild Card game, Romo had previously started only the last six games of the season, replacing an ageing and ineffective Drew Bledsoe as the permanent starter. I remember that game at Texas Stadium -- yours truly was there! 

This time around, a well-seasoned vet in Tony Romo returns to finish unfinished business, Century Link Field (Qwest Field, at the time).  

With better weapons than the last time, Romo hopes to erase the troubling past and create a new and significant outcome that will have every Cowboys fan and critic nodding with approval.   



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