It's been a strange month for the Cowboys.
December has long been the month of discontent for the team, usually thanks to wrong turns that wind up making you wonder how one team can find so many different ways to break your heart. This year's been the opposite.
They're 3-0 and they've won five of six overall while either trailing or being tied heading into the fourth quarter each and every time. Tony Romo's play has been essential to these wins as he's strung together one of the best stretches of his career at an absolutely vital time for the Cowboys.
That's left him feeling pretty confident about the team, even when it looks like all hope has been lost. Romo said this week that the Cowboys are fine as long as they are within two scores when the final 15 minutes get underway.
"Really, it's just we've gotten to a point where we're a mentally tough football team. In saying that, I believe when I step on the field in the fourth quarter, if we're within 10-14 points, we're going to find a way to win the ballgame," Romo said, via the Dallas Morning News. "And we’ve been down, I don't know, five times, six times this year and we've consistently come back and put ourselves in position. We've had a couple other ones where we could have come back in eight or nine of them, really. That's just our mentality of what our football team believes late in football games. And that's helped us."
The newfound fortitude is much better than what went down in past years, but it's still a double-edged sword.
It's admirable how much fight the Cowboys have shown in the last two weeks and, really, all throughout this run that puts them in position to save their season and there's much to be said about having the kind of confidence that allows you to let bad turns roll right off your back.
At the same time, though, you can only play with fire for so long before you wind up getting burnt. Romo obviously isn't saying that he prefers to play that way, but being comfortable with something can sometimes lead people or teams to find ways into those situations. Maybe it is dating the wrong types of people or cutting too many corners, but, at some point, the check always comes due.