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November 18, 2012

Cowboys' notes: Dan Bailey kicks his fifth game-winning field goal

Here are the notes compiled by the Cowboys' public relations department:

Today’s game marked the first overtime game in Cowboys Stadium history. Dallas’ last home overtime game was in 2005 against Denver. Dallas dropped that contest 24-21. With the overtime win today, Dallas owns a 18-13 overtime record, including a 4-5 record at home.

The Dallas Cowboys were gifted 10 first downs via penalty today. It was the most first downs by penalty in a game dating back to 1988 – the furthest back that can be researched today.

Miles Austin had 58 receiving yards today to give him 4,021 for his career and become the seventh Dallas Cowboy pass catcher to reach 4,000 career receiving yards.

Dan Bailey connected on a 32-yard field goal with 0:02 remaining to send the game in overtime. With 6:07 left in the overtime period, Bailey connected on a 38-yard game winner. Today’s game-winning field goal was the fifth of Bailey’s career – the second-most in Cowboys history behind Rafael Septien’s seven.

Dez Bryant finished today’s game with 12 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. His 12 catches were the second-most in his career and tied the seventh-most in a game in team history. His 145 yards established a career-high, marked histhird 100-yard outing of the season and the fourth of his career.

Bryant’s touchdown reception today was the 19th of his career, and he is now tied with Butch Johnson for 15th on the team’s all-time touchdown receptions list.

Bryant’s 12 catches today gave him 165 for his career and allowed him to pass Raghib Ismail (158), Bill Howton (161) and Mike Renfro (163) for 25th in team history.

Lance Dunbar made the first receptions of his career today, finishing with two for 6 yards.

Dwayne Harris made the first receptions of his career today, finishing with three for 20 yards.

Felix Jones rushed 14 times to give him 546 career rushing attempts and pass Dan Reeves (535) for 11th in rushing attempts in club record books.

Tony Romo completed 35-of-50 passes (70.0%) for 313 yards with one touchdown. His 50 pass attempts tied for fourth-most in his career and tied for seventh in a game in team history. Romo’s 35 completions tied the third-most in his career and in franchise history. He owns the top-four spots for single-game completions.

Romo’s 50 pass attempts today gave him 2,986 career pass attempts and moved him past DannyWhite (2,950) for third in team history.

Romo’s 70.0 completion percentage was his 29th career game with a completionpercentage over 70.0. His 29 are the second-most in team history behind Troy Aikman’s 39. Romo’s 29 are also good for the sixth-most in the NFL since 2006. Drew Brees has the league-high with 43.

With the win today, Romo improved his record as a starter in the month of November to 21-3.

Romo threw for 313 yards today to improve his club record of 300-yard games to 36. The Dallas Cowboys now hold a 23-13 (.639) record when Romo tops 300 yards.

Romo was sacked a career-high seven times today.

DeMarcus Ware’s half sack today gave him his eighth consecutive game with at least a half sack – the second such streak in his career.

Ware’s half sack gave him 10.0 for theseason, his seventh consecutive season with 10-or-more sacks. Ware is the only current defender in the league with seven straight 10-plus sack seasons. His seven overall is tied with five others for the ninth-most 10-sack seasons in NFL history and is the sixth-highest figure of 10 sack seasons. Bruce Smith has the most with 13.

Ware’s seven consecutive 10-plus sack seasons is tied for the third-most in league history:

Consecutive 10-plus sack seasons

Player                  Consec. Seasons (Years)

Reggie White................ 9 (1985-93)

John Randle................. 8 (1992-99)

Lawrence Taylor........... 7 (1984-90)

Bruce Smith................... 7 (1992-98)

DeMarcus Ware.......... 7 (2005-12)

Ware now has 109.5 career sacks, and his half sack today tied him with Greg Townsend for 18th all-time in NFL history.

Jason Witten had seven catches today to give him 73 for the season, giving him his seventh overall and sixth consecutive season with at least 70 receptions – the second-most overall and second-most consecutive all-time among league tight ends.

All-Time League Tight Ends 70-Catch Seasons

Player                          Total       Consec.

Tony Gonzalez............ 12                 9        

Jason Witten................ 7                 6

Antonio Gates............... 5                 4

Shannon Sharpe......... 5                 2

In catching seven passes today, Witten upped his career receptions total to 769 to crack the top-25 of the NFL’s all-time receptions list. He moved past James Lofton and Eric Moulds (764 each), Chad Johnson (766) and Marshall Faulk (767) to take the 25th spot.

Witten’s 51 yards upped his season yardage total to 636, giving him his ninth career and ninth consecutive season with at least 600 yards. His nine total are the third-most all-time among league tight ends and his nine consecutive are second:

All-Time League Tight Ends 600-Yard Seasons

Player                          Total       Consec.

Tony Gonzalez............ 15               15        

Shannon Sharpe....... 11                 7

Jason Witten................ 9                 9



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