Former NFL quarterback Tony Romo, despite a successful playing career with the Dallas Cowboys, was notorious for having a difficult relationship with the playoffs.
There was this botched snap in 2007. There was Dez Bryant’s infamous was-it-or-wasn’t-it no-catch in 2014. His career playoff record of 2-4 stood in stark contrast to Cowboys quarterbacking greats like Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, who won 11 playoff games apiece for Dallas and combined for five Super Bowl titles.
But in retirement, he may have found his outlet for playoff success.
For the CBS broadcast during Sunday’s AFC Championship, Romo, the network’s color commentator, was on his A-game, predicting several Patriots plays during a key stretch of the fourth quarter and overtime. His wizardry (part of his style from Day 1 as an announcer) amazed viewers and prompted more than a few calls for his hiring to an NFL coaching staff.
He nailed Sony Michel’s touchdown run to put the Patriots ahead with 3:32 left in the fourth quarter.
Then, with 53 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the Patriots driving, trailing by four, Romo suggested that Tom Brady would just look up the field on third down and throw to tight end Rob Gronkowski. And what did Brady do?
Then in overtime, he predicted Brady would try to connect with Julian Edelman across the middle of the field on third down. That’s precisely what happened.