Patriots say bad game should spur Romo

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Even Tom Brady plays bad games, and one of his worst came against the Dallas Cowboys.

In 2003, with one Super Bowl title to his credit, Brady faced Dallas and had the fourth-worst completion percentage of his 113 NFL starts against Dallas. But the Patriots still won 12-0 for their sixth straight win in a season-closing streak of 12.

Last Monday, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo threw five interceptions last Monday night but still led his team back to beat Buffalo, 25-24, on a last-play field goal.

There was no reason to think he wouldn't bounce back. He gets his chance Sunday against New England in a matchup of 5-0 teams in just Romo's 16th regular-season start. Romo is 11-4 in the first 15 starts.

Brady's never thrown five interceptions in a game, but he's put up four five times. He says there's no special formula for bouncing back from that. He says "You just try to play the best you can."

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