Cowboys vs. 49ers: The Tony Romo Redemption Factor

At Candlestick Park on Sunday the 49ers will have to contend against a really good Cowboys defense and quarterback Tony Romo’s redemption mentality.  After throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets, Romo fell apart in the fourth quarter.  He fumbled on the Jets 3-yardline, blew a 14-point lead and threw an interception that sealed the loss for the Cowboys.  Romo can’t wait to get back on the field to show he is past last week and that he can produce in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line.  For the 49ers that means going up against a quarterback with a chip on his shoulder.

“I can’t get back on the field fast enough. You need to come back from it and play really good football going forward for an extended period of time. That’s the only way to make up for it.”

The 49ers defense can contain Romo and his redemption mind-set as the Cowboys offensive line is in rebuild mode.  The Cowboys are starting two rookies, two linemen in their second season and one with only one career start.  49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio showed against the Seahawks he is not afraid to let his defense loose and blitz.  With one game under their belt the 49ers defensive line and linebackers will be more confident playing in the defense.  Fangio will want to replicate the Jets last Sunday who blitzed Romo heavily and caused him to make mistakes.  The 49ers secondary will be able to handle the Cowboys receivers as the front seven get to the quarterback.  Blitzing Romo often will increase the chances of him turning over the football as he forces passes on the run.

 

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