With the No. 1 seed in the NFC already wrapped up, they entered their regular season finale with two missions: Don't sustain serious injuries to key players, and help inflate Tony Romo's trade value for the offseason.
With rookie Dak Prescott having seized the starting quarterback job, Romo, who re-injured his back in the preseason, hadn't seen the field all year and became a considerable and expendable trade chip.
Despite initially signalling they'd be protecting their former starter from injury in Week 17, on Thursday the team announced their intent to let Romo play. This seemed a little crazy, considering another injury would tank his trade value.
But in the little action he saw on Sunday—one drive—Romo did well to quell doubts about the 37-year-old's ability to lead an NFL offense.
On his very first play, Romo tried airing things out to Terrance Williams.
ROMO ROMO ROMO
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Romo connected on his other three attempts, leading Dallas to their only touchdown drive of the day, capped off with three-yard toss to Williams.
Back like he never left.
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