Favre, Romo Sqare Off Tonight

Careening in that already familiar goofy, loose-jointed style, Tony Romo bolted from the pocket on the Dallas Cowboys' first drive against the Giants on Nov. 11. There were two red-shirted defenders lurking in the middle, however, and he instinctively ducked.

"I was afraid for my life there," the 27-year-old Romo said recently. "As I was going through the line, I took a look at one guy who went to [tight end Jason] Witten.

"There was no one to really throw the ball to, so I started to go down with it because I could feel someone at my side.

"As I go down, you kind of see a guy's hand waving over here, and the first thing that goes through your mind -- this is a split-second thing -- instantly, I just look for red, to see if there's a defensive player over in that vicinity. I don't see any red, so I just kind of shot put it over there."

Sure enough, tight end Tony Curtis had worked himself free in the left corner of the end zone and Romo, in a marvelous piece of improvisation, found him for a 15-yard touchdown. How, exactly, did he do that?

"He has no idea," Witten said. "I think the best thing about it is, he doesn't know what he's going to do."

Sort of like another, amped-up, make-it-up-on-the-fly quarterback we've seen over the years?

"I think you have to say Brett Favre," Witten said, describing an uncanny free-form resemblance also noted by Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs and a host of others. "There's not a throw he doesn't think he can make. He's got a lot of confidence, like Brett does."

Romo and Favre collide Thursday night, leading their 10-1 teams into a highly anticipated game that could determine home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. Favre, at age 38, is already on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- he has started 268 consecutive games, including playoffs, compared to only 21 career starts for Romo. The two quarterbacks, however, share a number of similarities beyond mere confidence.

Romo grew up in Wisconsin and was a Packers fan. They are both 6-foot-2 and weigh roughly 225 pounds. Both come from schools -- Eastern Illinois (Romo) and Southern Mississippi (Favre) -- that aren't exactly football factories. Round out the angled edges of Favre's No. 4 jersey and you have Romo's No. 9.

Favre leads the NFL in pass attempts (425) and completions (291) and is second in passing yards (3,356), right behind Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Romo, meanwhile, is fourth with 3,043 yards. He has 29 touchdown passes (tying the franchise record), second to Brady, while Favre is tied for fourth with 22. Their passer ratings -- 105.3 for Romo and 101.5 for Favre -- are No. 3 and No. 5 in the league, terrific numbers for guys who typically live by the seat of their silver and gold pants.

"I am sure he's about tired of answering these questions," Favre told reporters Sunday regarding Romo comparisons to himself. "He's his own player.

"When I see him play, it reminds me of myself. Making something out of nothing. He's much faster than I was. ... He has the same mentality I did. There's never a bad play."

Of course, Favre, in his 17th season, has calmed down a bit. He can still break containment, but he is making better decisions than he used to. He's not forcing the ball into places it won't fit. He has thrown only eight interceptions and is on pace to post his best passer rating ever.

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