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Tony Romo getting bashed after Dallas Cowboys' loss to N.Y. Jets

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Tony Romo was on his way to becoming the subject of one of the feel-good stories of Week 1 of the NFL season -- and then came the fourth quarter of Sunday night's game between his Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets

Playing his first regular-season game since missing the last 10 games of 2010 with a broken collarbone, Romo had thrown a pair of touchdown passes to help team to a 24-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. But he went on to fumble at the Jets' 3-yard line and throw an interception in the final minute of the game to set up a tie-breaking field goal for the Jets, who won the game, 27-24.

So guess who is getting slammed on Twitter on Monday morning? Samples include "Jets just added Tony Romo as a team captain" and "Tony Romo is such a patriot. He did that for NYC," plus countless references to Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, who became known for his fourth-quarter collapses during the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

Of course, some people are defending Romo. After all, he did throw for 342 yards with touchdown passes to Dez Bryant and Miles Austin -- numbers very similar to winning quarterback Mark Sanchez, who threw for 335 yards with touchdown passes to Plaxico Burress and Dustin Keller to go with one interception.

But it's the final result that really matters, and in this case it's the Jets and their fans who are enjoying a happy Monday morning.

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-- Chuck Schilken

Photo: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is sacked by Jets linebacker Calvin Pace. Credit: Julio Cortez / Associated Press

 
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