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Let the Healing Begin

Yeah, yeah. Tony Romo muffed the field-goal hold. Whatever. The Seahawks woulda scored again anyway. And Romo still gets to wake up next to Carrie Underwood. You? An empty can of Coors Lite.

Just know that it's going to get worse before it gets better:

Romo: Built in a day, destroyed in a snap.

Heard Tony Romo was in Times Square for New Year's Eve, helping New York drop the ball.

Canceled 2007 promotion at Texas Stadium: Tony Romo Bobblehead Day.

With that out of the way, now what?

In the wake of Saturday's excruciating playoff loss in Seattle, the Cowboys are left with short-term pain and long-term quandaries. Will Bill Parcells be back? Will Terrell Owens be back? After his lame-ass block attempt, will Martin Gramatica be back? Is the defense a 3-4 or a 4-3? Will Romo ever recover from his botched snap? Would a pair of those snazzy neon green gloves worn by Seahawks' fans have saved the day?

All we know for now is that the Cowboys' season is over because their best wasn't good enough. Think about it: The guy (Romo) who fumbled away the gimme field goal and the guy (Roy Williams) who allowed two touchdown passes were two of Dallas' four Pro Bowl players.

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C'mon, this team wasn't going to win next week in New Orleans or Chicago, much less go to the Super Bowl. And, in all likelihood, Dallas' defense would 've allowed Seattle to drive 40 yards in the final minute and kick a game-winning field goal anyway.

Nonetheless, Romo's gaffe is an all-timer.

First, The Drop (Jackie Smith). And now, The Bobble. In Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Miami Dolphins kicker Ray Finkle blames a missed extra point in the Super Bowl on holder Dan Marino not placing the ball "laces out!" And in North Dallas Forty, Mac Davis and the faux-'Boys rally in the championship game, only to lose on a botched hold and missed extra point in the final seconds. So, there is precedent.

The worst part of the Romo Uh-oh? Screwed my prediction. --Richie Whitt

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