First off, America, Tony Romo didn't cost the Cowboys the game. If Dallas makes the field goal, there is still a minute left in the game for Seattle to drive for a field goal. So Romo only cost the Cowboys a very good chance to win the game.
Of course, that doesn't keep Romo off our list of NFL playoff goats, blunders and embarrassing moments.
In one of the more memorable NFL playoffs game, the 49ers had rallied from 24 points down to take a 39-38 lead over the Giants on Jan. 5, 2002, but New York lined up for 41-yard field goal with 6 seconds remaining. But Junkin, a 41-year-old 19-year vet signed earlier in the week to replace the team's injured long-snapper, made a bad snap and the kick never got off. Junkin retired after the game. "This is something I've done for 32 years, but not anymore. If you can't count on me at the end of the game, that's it, I'm done," he said after the game. "I cost 58 guys a chance to go to the Super Bowl. I'd give anything in the world, except my family at this point, right now to still be retired."
Like Junkin, the final snap of Turk's 15-year-career was one to forget: a one-hopper in the fourth quarter of a 2000 playoff game for the Redskins. Washington lost the game 14-13 to Tampa Bay. When Turk died of testicular cancer in 2001 at the age of 38, obituaries prominently mentioned his botched snap.
A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a five-time Pro Bowler with the Cardinals, Smith is most remembered for his infamous dropped TD pass in the 1979 Super Bowl while playing for the Cowboys. Dallas trailed Pittsburgh 21-14 in the third quarter, when Roger Staubach found a wide-open Smith, the team's backup tight end who hadn't caught a pass during the regular season, in the end zone. But he dropped the pass and Dallas settled for a field goal in a game it eventually lost by four points.
The Chargers were heavy favorites in a 1979 divisional playoff game against the Oilers: they had gone 12-4 and were the top seed in the AFC and the Oilers were playing without Earl Campbell and starting QB Dan Pastorini. Fouts threw for 333 yards, but was intercepted five times -- four by Oilers rookie safety Vernon Perry (who also blocked a field-goal attempt).
Norwood's field-goal attempt wasn't a gimme at 47 yards (his longest during the season had been 48 yards). Nonetheless, it was a kick to win a Super Bowl ...
Speaking of kickers, a largely ignored play in New England's dramatic 32-29 win over Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII was Kasay's botched kickoff with 1:08 left after Carolina had just tied the game. He shanked the kick out of bounds, giving the Patriots the ball at the 40-yard line -- an extra 20 yards, perhaps, enough to help Tom Brady drive the Patriots for Adam Vinatieri's 41-yard game-winner.
The Dallas defensive lineman was about to give the Cowboys a 59-17 lead in Super Bowl XXVII over the Bills with a long fumble return when he began showboating before the goal line. Don Beebe came out of nowhere to knock the ball out of Lett's hands -- one of the all-time great hustle plays and the ultimate embarrassment for the showboating Lett.
Before Buffalo's Super Bowl against Washington, Thomas complained that he didn't receive enough attention or respect, even though he had just been named the NFL's most valuable player. Thomas then couldn't find his helmet on Buffalo's first series -- and proceeded to rush for 13 yards on 10 carries as the Bills lost 37-24.
The night before Super Bowl XXXIII, the Falcons' starting safety -- known for his community work and deep religious faith -- was arrested on a charge of soliciting an undercover police officer. Coach Dan Reeves started Robinson, who got burned deep twice, including an 80-yard touchdown, as Denver trounced Atlanta 34-19.
Unlike Smith, Turk and Junkin -- who never played again after their gaffes -- Romo has a long career ahead of him. Maybe, like Fouts, he'll overcome his moment and become a Hall of Fame quarterback. Or maybe this will go down as his defining NFL moment. Sometimes, history isn't very fair.