LONDON (AP) — Back from a back injury, Tony Romo got the job done.
Romo returned after missing last week and helped the Dallas Cowboys snap a two-game losing streak, throwing three touchdown passes Sunday in a 31-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Originally hurt two weeks ago, Romo started for Dallas (7-3) and completed 20 of 27 passes for 246 yards against the Jaguars (1-9) at Wembley Stadium. This was the last of three regular-season NFL games this year in the British capital.
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Romo threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten in the first quarter and then hit Dez Bryant for a pair of TDs in the second, the first from 35 yards and the second from 68. Romo finished with a season-high passer rating of 138.8.
DeMarco Murray ended up with 100 yards rushing on 19 carries and 31 yards receiving for Dallas. He had his record streak of eight straight 100-yard games to start a season snapped by the Arizona Cardinals last week.
Bryant gained all of his 158 yards in the second quarter, and did it by breaking several tackles on each touchdown catch.
Joseph Randle ran in another touchdown in the second half, taking a handoff from Romo and scoring from the 40 on his first touch of the game.
Denard Robinson scored two touchdowns for the Jaguars, running in from the 32 to give Jacksonville a 7-3 lead in the first quarter and then from the 1 late in the fourth. Blake Bortles, playing with a sore left wrist, was 22 of 37 for 290 yards with one interception.
The Cowboys took the lead when Dan Bailey kicked a 54-yard field goal, but Robinson briefly gave the Jaguars the lead with his touchdown run.
Soon after, everything changed.
Dallas and Romo again stalled on offense, but punt returner Ace Sanders let the ball drop through his arms for a fumble, recovered by Cowboys safety C.J. Spillman on the 6.
Murray ran for 4 yards on the first play. After a pass to Bryant was broken up, Romo found Witten in the end zone.
The Jaguars picked up two more points on a safety in the fourth quarter when Cowboys linebacker Kyle Wilber was flagged for holding in the end zone on a punt.
Romo led Dallas to six straight wins and a 6-1 start, but he fractured two small bones in his back in an overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. With Brandon Weeden starting for him last week against the Cardinals, the Cowboys lost again.
From the start on Sunday, Romo looked good but didn’t seem 100 percent. He overthrew a wide open Witten on third down on the first series, and then threw the short pass to Witten for the first touchdown when he likely would have run it himself without the injury.
Romo, who has thrown at least one TD pass in an NFL-record 37 consecutive road games, was also well protected by the offensive line, despite the Jaguars having one of the top pass rushes in the league.
Weeden, who is 0-1 as a starting quarterback for the Cowboys after last week’s loss, came on for Romo with 6:42 to go in the game and played until the end as the fans emptied the stadium early.