There may not be a better quarterback in the NFL than Tony Romo in September, October and November. As a starter, his career record in those months is 22-4. He has thrown 64 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions, completed about 66 percent of his pass attempts and his passer rating is about 107.
But once the calendar flips to December, Romo becomes a different QB. His record in that month is 4-6 after Sunday's 20-14 loss to the Steelers. If you include his playoff losses to the Seahawks and Giants, Romo is 4-8 as a starter in December and January and he has thrown more interceptions (17) than touchdown passes (12). His passer rating in seven of those 12 games: 58.8, 58.1, 45.5, 22.2, 34.9, 64.7 and 44.9.
One can argue that of the three interceptions he threw in the loss to Pittsburgh, only one was Romo's fault. Still, the Cowboys had a 10-point lead and the ball with 12:20 remaining and failed to win. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Cowboys and put them on the playoff bubble with games remaining against the Giants, Ravens and Eagles.
Securing a playoff berth via the wild card would give Romo an opportunity to win a playoff game. Two years ago, he was the holder on a 19-yard field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter when he dropped the snap and was tackled at the 1-yard line in a 21-20 playoff loss to Seattle.
Last January, the Giants defense pressured Romo in the fourth quarter and he threw an interception in the closing seconds of a 21-17 loss.