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Romo returns with lone touchdown in Cowboys’ loss to Eagles

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

Photo Credit: Joe S. Lee / The Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Cowboys ended their regular season with a 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday – but it’s likely just because they decided to play it safe.

Let me explain. The Cowboys have had the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs locked up since before Christmas. So, while it would have been nice to go 14-2 on the season, Sunday’s matchup really didn’t matter to them.

Thus, starting quarterback Dak Prescott only played part of the game. Tony Romo came in for a while – his first regular-season game since Thanksgiving 2015 – and finished 3-for-4 for 29 yards and Dallas’ only touchdown.

“You expect to go out there and do something well,” Romo said. “It felt normal.”

It seemed normal. Even after so long off the field, Romo is still the same guy he was. It only took him six plays to show everyone that.

Before taking a seat, Prescott was 4-for-8 for 37 yards. Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott also sat this one out in preparation for the postseason.

After Dez Bryant drew a pass interference penalty, Romo threw his first touchdown pass since Nov. 22, 2015. Even Prescott enjoyed how good Romo was. “I want the football every possession, but it was fun to watch Tony make it look so easy,” he said.

After Romo, the Cowboys put in Mark Sanchez, who threw two interceptions in the second quarter. The third-team quarterback completed 9-of-17 passes for 85 yards and a passer rating of 27.5. There’s a reason he’s third-string.

Yes, we can be upset that the Cowboys lost and didn’t earn a franchise-record 14th win. However, they’ve had a fantastic season, they’ve got a couple of rookies (Prescott and Elliott) who will serve them well for years to come, and they have a bye week before hosting a divisional playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 15. They’ll host the lowest seed from the wild-card playoffs.

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