Originally written on Dallas Cowboys And The NFL  |  Last updated 11/3/14

IRVING, TX - 2009: Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Irving, Texas. (Photo by NFL Photos)
Tony Romo left FedEx Field a Cowboys hero after throwing three touchdowns in regulation and a key 26-yard strike to Dez Bryant in overtime. But a gaffe by Romo could have turned Dan Bailey’s 39-yard winning field goal into a 54-yard attempt that the rookie would  have been hard pressed to make. With the play clock winding down, Romo signaled from his holder position for a timeout the Cowboys didn’t have. Fortunately for Romo and the Cowboys, Washington coach Mike Shanahan had signaled for and been granted a timeout just a second earlier. Had Shanahan not called timeout in an attempt to ice Bailey, the Cowboys would have been penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. Romo said he wasn’t aware the Cowboys had already used their two allotted OT timeouts. “The clock was running down, yeah, I tried to stop it at one second,” Romo said. “They helped us out on that.” Coach Jason Garrett smiled while talking after the 27-24 win about Romo’s error. “I just saw the whole sequence and th...
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