Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has revealed the extent of his back pain after toughing it out against the Jacksonville on Sunday in a crucial win.
The Cowboys beat the Jags 31-17 in the third NFL International Series Game of 2014 at Wembley Stadium, London, and Romo was key in his comeback from back injury.
Romo made two impressive connections with Dez Bryant during the game, with Bryant taking both of those catches to the house for huge touchdowns.
Romo got plenty of help from the always productive running back DeMarco Murray after another impressive performance from the tailback, but Romo was also solid on his return.
The Dallas quarterback had missed part of the Cowboys' defeat to the Washington Redskins and the whole of Dallas's loss to the Arizona Cardinals the previous week.
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But with Romo back, Dallas benefitted from a more balanced offense as they took a commanding 31-7 lead in the third quarter, but Romo says his admirable play didn't come without pain.
"My back is definitely sore after the game, but at the end of the day it's football and you have just got to go out and play," Romo revealed post-game.
"It was certainly uncomfortable at times and things like that, but when you play football you just go and play and get on with it. It was great to get the win."
The win for Dallas was huge as it came on the back of two defeats. At 7-3, the Cowboys now have a good chance of making the post-season, and the crucial win gives them a great chance of competing for the NFC East title with Philadelphia Eagles.
Post-game, Romo acknowledged the importance of the win, and he also praised his teammates for their solid effort.
"We had to win this game and we came out and executed very well. We played with a lot of energy and it paid off. Dez [Bryant] was really impressive and he took his touchdowns really well," added Romo.