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October 28, 2012

Jason Witten's numbers ring hollow in loss

Tight end Jason Witten served as an inspiration for the Cowboys in the season opener against the Giants. In the rematch Sunday, he was Tony Romo’s favorite target.

Witten’s 18 catches tied for the third-most in NFL history and was the most ever for a tight end. It broke his old team record of 15.

“We felt like we had some matches there underneath, high-percentage throws we were able tio keep the chains going,” Witten said. “It is good to be a big part of the offense. But at this point in your career, you are not worried about that.”

Witten had as many penalties (2) as receptions in the season opener, and he had as many penalty yards (10) as yards in coming back from a lacerated spleen. But the Cowboys won 24-17, so it was a much more satisfying game than Sunday when he had 167 yards in the 29-24 loss.

It was the 20th best single-game total by an NFL tight end and set the Cowboys’ team record.

“He played great,” Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. “He kept getting open and once we got behind, he gave them a lot of trouble getting to different places from those formations. It’s something we’ve got to look at and do more of.”

Witten was one of three receivers with 100 yards, only the second time ever that has happened in team history. Miles Austin had nine catches for 133 yards, and Dez Bryant had five catches for 110.

In 1963, Frank Clarke (190), Lee Folkins (112) and Billy Howton (107) all had 100-yard receiving games for the Cowboys.

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean



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Witten was targeted 22 times and he had 18 catches yesterday. Austin was second in catches with..9. Jason Witten is well on his way to leading this team in catches which would be the fifth year in a row. We can't win if that continues.

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