Watch: Genius Tony Romo calls Patriots’ play on touchdown
Tony Romo was giving NFL fans a treat while calling the AFC Championship Game on Sunday between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.
Late in the game, the Patriots were facing a 4th-and-inches in the red zone down 21-17 to the Chiefs. Whatever their initial play call was, Tom Brady decided to kill and change in an audible. Romo, who was calling the game as an analyst for CBS, knew immediately what was coming. He told the audience that Brady had killed the original play call and that meant a motion run out wide to the right.
And guess what happened? The Patriots put Rob Gronkowski in motion and then handed the ball to Sony Michel, who ran through the right side for a touchdown.
“Oh, they’re killing it. Usually means a motion and a run out wide to the right.” – Tony Romo before Patriots' play
Brady motions; Sony Michel runs ball to right, scores touchdown. pic.twitter.com/PzxyrV2JoO
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 21, 2019
On the Patriots’ next possession, Romo was just as impressive, saying New England needed to go to Gronk in crunch-time, and they did on the following play.
Romo has been doing this since the moment he began calling games for CBS. It was impressive when he started, and it feels even more impressive now. It’s clear he does his film study, and it shows his instant recognition of trends and habits.