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Throwback Thursday: Romo Leads Cowboys To Upset Win Over Manning, Colts

In honor of the popular social media trend "Throwback Thursday," and in preparation for Sunday's game with the Colts, let's look back a few years for this week's installment of "TBT."

In 2006, the Colts came to town with the NFL's best record at a perfect 9-0 clip, led by their star quarterback Peyton Manning.

For the Cowboys, they were just 5-4 but things were on the rise, thanks to the emergence of Tony Romo, who was now 2-1 in his three starts since taking over for Drew Bledsoe.

There was a buzz at Texas Stadium when Manning-led Colts arrived but for the first half, it was anything but a Texas shootout. The Colts led 7-0 at the half after a last-minute TD strike from Manning to Reggie Wayne. Former Indy kicker Mike Vanderjagt, who had struggled with the Cowboys, missed a pair of first-half field goals to keep his team scoreless.

But the Cowboys' defense changed the tide early in the third when linebacker Kevin Burnett picked off Manning and returned it 39 yards for a game-tying touchdown.

Manning gave the Colts a lead going into the fourth quarter with a TD pass to Dallas Clark, but Romo wouldn't be denied. He finished the game 19 of 23 for 226 yards, no TDs and interception. But he kept the Cowboys' offense on the move, engineering two fourth-quarter touchdown drives that ended with Marion Barber finding the end zone.

Barber's 1-yard run with 6:04 to play, gave Dallas its first lead at 21-14. Manning had a chance to tie the game, but his fourth-down pass sailed through the back of the end zone with 2:59 left. The Cowboys got the ball back on their own 8, but managed to get three first downs to chew up the clock and preserve the stunning win.  

The Cowboys would finish 9-7 and make the playoffs as a Wild Card team, while the Colts finished the regular season 12-4 and would eventually win the Super Bowl, beating Chicago. 

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