By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 23rd, 2013 at 10:20 pm EST
The Dallas Cowboys have their biggest game of the season on Sunday.
The Cowboys are facing the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football on NBC with an 8:30 pm kickoff. This is a win and you’re in situation, as the winner clinches the NFC East and the loser goes home.
In this game in six games, the Cowboys will be without quarterback Tony Romo. Romo suffered a back injury yesterday in the game against the Washington Redskins.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Romo’s back injury is a season-ending injury. So, the Cowboys will have to go with back up quarterback Kyle Orton on Sunday and into the playoffs if they are able to beat the Eagles.
Romo was able to finish the game with the injury. And it showed how tough he was by suffering through the injury in Washington.
Orton is no stranger to being a starting quarterback. In 2012, owner Jerry Jones gave Orton a three-year deal worth $10.5 million dollars.
But since arriving in Dallas, Orton has thrown just 15 passes. This season, he has appeared in two games, where he has thrown 5 passes with 3 completions for 40 yards.
Last season, he appeared in one game, where he went 9-of-10 for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Orton has started games in his NFL career with the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, and Kansas City Chiefs.
Orton will give the Cowboys a fighting chance, but the Eagles are now the favorite to win the NFC East. The Eagles are 8-2 under quarterback Nick Foles this season.
This is the first game that Romo has missed since the 2010 season. He finishes his 2013 season with 342 of 535 for 3,828 and 31 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.
He also had 20 rushes for 38 yards.