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    NEWSLETTERS

    When the Pro Bowl rosters were announced on Tuesday, it wasn't a huge surprise that there were only two representatives on the NFC squad from your Dallas Cowboys.

    DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff are plenty deserving of the nod, but a couple of obvious snubs were made from the Cowboys roster, most notably quarterback Tony Romo.

    It's not that Romo is a slam dunk behind Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees as the NFC's best quarterbacks, but he's had a better season than the guy that beat him out for the third quarterback spot, Eli Manning.

    This Sunday night, the two will meet in a no holds barred fight-to-the-death game to decide the NFC East champion with the loser missing out on the playoffs altogether.

    Just three weeks ago, the Cowboys blew an opportunity to essentially kill the Giants' hopes when they blew a double-digit lead with just more than five minutes remaining in the game, but the loss was anything but being on Romo's shoulders as he threw for 321 yards, four touchdowns and no picks.

    Just take a look at their season totals: Romo has thrown for 3,895 yards, 29 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Manning has more yards (4,587) but fewer touchdowns (26) and nearly double the amount of interceptions (16). Both quarterbacks are capable of putting up stinkers, but Manning has more this year as the only game that truly fell on Romo's shoulders this year was the Detroit loss.

    Then there's the Week 2 game when Romo led Dallas back on the road to beat San Francisco, a win that is looking really great right now, with a broken rib and punctured lung.

    When the teams meet Sunday night, Romo will be battling a contusion on his throwing hand but that won't keep Romo from playing in the game, and he'll have a chance to avenge his Pro Bowl snub.

    Then again, "Pro Bowl snub" is one of the dumbest phrases in sports considering there will be about 20 injury/don't-care-to-play-in-the-game replacements every year and Romo will likely get a nod.