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Cowboys' Tony Romo appears on Dec. 2 cover of Sports Illustrated

Tony Romo appears on the Dec. 2 cover of Sports Illustrated. Tony Romo appears on the Dec. 2 cover of Sports Illustrated. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Why does America hate Tony Romo? That's the question posed by the cover story of this week's issue of Sports Illustrated.

The Cowboys' quarterback is rarely included in the discussion of elite QBs. He probably wouldn't even make the top five. But S.L. Price details why Romo "deserves your unconditional love."

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"On paper, Romo ranks among the finest," Price writes. "A supposed choker, he has the best fourth-quarter passer rating in the regular season (102.5) of any QB, ever, and his 11 game-winning drives since 2011 -- the latest a 14-play march on the road, with Romo connecting on six of nine attempts for 67 yards, in the final 4:45 to set up the winning field goal against the Giants on Sunday -- lead the league. This season, the 6-foot-2, 236-pound Romo has thrown just seven interceptions while being lodged, as usual, among the NFL leaders in completion percentage (64.2, eighth), TDs (23, fourth) and passer rating (97.2, seventh).”

With Romo at the helm, the Cowboys sit 6-5, first in the NFC East. They'll look to extend that lead when they host the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving (4:30 p.m. ET).

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