Tony Romo orchestrates Dallas Cowboys comeback against the San Francisco 49ers despite a broken rib

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has often been the subject of criticism. From his tabloid-fodder relationship with Jessica Simpson to frequent questions about his status as an "elite" quarterback, Romo has been under the microscope for years. But this Sunday (Sept. 18) against the 49ers, Tony Romo quieted his critics.

Romo visibly struggled through the first two quarters against San Francisco and suffered a cracked rib before halftime. Romo was replaced by backup quarterback Jon Kitna and was visibly upset on the sideline. Kitna started with a touchdown, but after two interceptions, he was removed in favor of a hurt Romo who led the Cowboys into overtime. A 77-yard pass set Dallas up for the game winning field goal, capping a classic comeback and removing questions about Romo's toughness.

In other NFL news:

  • Kansas City Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles suffered a torn ACL and is expected to miss a significant amount of time.
  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newtown had another week of gaudy yardage with his second consecutive 400+ yards passing, but suffered a loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
  • Top ranked running back Arian Foster of the Houston Texans returned from a hamstring injury only to be sideline after tweaking the injury.
  • Denver Broncos backup quarterback Tim Tebow saw his first game action of the season as a wide receiver. He had no catches.

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