Tony Romo Has a Fan in Mark Sanchez

Romo was outplayed by Sanchez in the teams' first meeting two weeks ago

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The last time the Cowboys and Eagles met, on Thanksgiving Day, Dallas found themselves on the wrong end of a rout at home.

The final was 33-10 Eagles, and the Cowboys never led. It was a runaway. But Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez says his respect for his Dallas counterpart Tony Romo made it so that he was never comfortable until the final whistle sounded.

“The only thing I could think of is, ‘This guy has a million fourth-quarter comebacks,’” Sanchez said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We need to score in the red zone. We need to stop kicking field goals, this is getting ridiculous. We’ve got to put some points on the board and put these guys away.

“Or else No. 9 will come back and make you pay if you let him hang around too long. So I’ve always thought he’s one of the best. I have total respect for him and knowing him a little bit as a friend, I think he’s a great dude.”

Indeed, Sanchez counts himself among those who believe Romo has been forced to deal with some undeserved criticism throughout his career.

“I’ve always thought Romo was a baller, man,” Sanchez said. “He gets a tough break from some people. People write him off, he did this, or he did that, he hasn’t won this game or this big game, and all that. You look at the guy’s stats and he can sling it around.

“He can straight up sling the ball around the yard and it is awesome to watch. He’s really intelligent. He has some great talent around him and I think he uses it, maximizes those opportunities he gets.”

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