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December 23, 2012

Cowboys game notes: Dez's career day, Romo numbers, Witten's record

Notes on the game today from the Dallas Cowboys PR department:

The Cowboys had 446 yards today. This season, Dallas has reached 400-or-more yards eight times to tie the 2009 season for the most 400-yard games in a season in franchise history.

Today’s game was Dallas’ third overtime game of the season. The three overtime games this season tie 2000 and 2011 as the most overtime games in a season in team history. All three of Dallas’ overtime games this season have come at home – the most home overtime games in franchise history. This season marks the first time Dallas had multiple home overtime contests. Dallas now owns a 19-14 overall record and a 6-5 home record in overtime.

 Dez Bryant caught nine passes for a career-high 224 yards and two touchdowns. Bryant’s 224 yards marked the 10th 200-yard game in team history. His 224 yards were fourth in a game in team history.

Player                    Yards       Opp(Date)

Miles Austin.......... 250          @KC (10/11/09)

Bob Hayes............ 246          @Was (11/13/66)

Frank Clarke......... 241          WAS (9/16/62)

Dez Bryant........... 224          NO (12/23/12)

Lance Rentzel...... 223          WAS (11/19/67)

 

Bryant’s touchdown receptions today gave him a touchdown catch in seven straight games to tie the longest streak in club history. Bryant is tied with Frank Clarke (1961-62), Bob Hayes (1965-66) and Terrell Owens (2007).

Two of Bryant’s touchdowns came in the second quarter for 58 yards. It was the first time in team history a Dallas Cowboy had a pair of touchdown receptions over 55 yards on consecutive possessions, and it was the first time an NFL pass catcher accomplished the feat since Buffalo’s Lee Evans did it at Houston (11/19/06). Evans did it in the first quarter with a pair of 83-yard scoring catches.

Bryant’s multi-touchdown game today was his fourth multi-touchdown game of the season – the most in a season in franchise history. He now has 12 touchdown catches this season to tie the fifth-most in a season in club books:

Single-Season Dallas Receiving TDs

Player                     TDs      Season

Terrell Owens...... 15         2007

Frank Clarke......... 14         1962

Bob Hayes............ 13         1966

Terrell Owens...... 13         2006

Bob Hayes............ 12         1965

Lance Rentzel...... 12         1969

Dez Bryant........... 12         2012

The 224 yards gave Bryant his fifth 100-yard game of the season, tying the sixth-most 100-yard games in a season in Cowboys history.Miles Austin in 2010 was the last Dallas Cowboy with five 100-yard games in a season. Bryant is the seventh different Cowboys receiver with at least five100-yard outings in a season. He joins Bob Hayes, Drew Pearson, Tony Hill, Michael Irvin, Terrell Owens and Austin.

Bryant’s 224 yards today upped his season receiving yards total to 1,311 – the seventh-most in a season in team history:

 

Single-Season Dallas Receiving Yards

Player                  Yards    Season

Michael Irvin....... 1,603      1995

Michael Irvin....... 1,523      1991

Michael Irvin....... 1,396      1992

Terrell Owens... 1,355      2007

Michael Irvin....... 1,330      1993

Miles Austin....... 1,320      2009

Dez Bryant........ 1,311      2012

 

Bryant upped his career receptions total to 196 to pass PrestonPearson (189) and tie Patrick Crayton for 20th in franchise history.

 

Dwayne Harris had his first career receiving touchdown on a 16-yard fourth quarter pass today.

 

Tony Romo finished today’s game completing 26-of-43 (60.5%) passes for 416 yards, four touchdowns and a rating of 123.8. For the season, he now has 4,685 to establish a club record and become the first Cowboys passer toreach 4,500 yards in a season.

 

Romo’s 416 yards marked his third 400-yard game of the season and fourth of his career, improving his club season and career record of 400-yard games. His 416 yards were the third-most in his career and the fifth-most in a game in team history:

 

Dallas Cowboys Single-Game Passing Yards

Player                    Yards       Opp(Date)

Don Meredith       460           @SF (11/10/63)

Troy Aikman         455           MIN (11/26/98)

Tony Romo           441           WAS (11/22/12)

Tony Romo           437           NYG (10/28/12)

Tony Romo          416           NO (12/23/12)

Don Meredith       406           @Was (11/13/66)

Tony Romo           406           TEN (10/10/10)

 

In topping 300 yards againtoday, Romo has nine 300-yard games this season to give him a single-season club-record:

 

      300-yard games (season)

Player                  Games      Season

Tony Romo.......... 9                2012

Tony Romo........... 8                2009

Tony Romo........... 7                2007

Tony Romo........... 6                2008

Tony Romo........... 5                2011

 

In reaching the 300-yard mark with 416 yards today, Romo improved his club record of 300-yard games to 39. Dallas now holds a 24-15 (.615) record when Romo hits 300-plus yards. When Romo tops 400 yards, the club is 0-4.

 

Romo’s 416 yards today gave him 25,519 for his career and allowed him to pass Joe Theismann (25,206) for 61st in NFL history.

 

Romo’s 43 pass attempts today improved his single-season club record to 611, and his 26 completions improved his season club-record to 405.

 

Romo has completed 405 passes this season to mark the 13th time an NFL quarterback completed at least 400 passes in a season. Romo is the ninth different quarterback to accomplish the feat,joining Warren Moon (1991), Drew Bledsoe (1994), Rich Gannon (2002), Drew Brees (2007-08 and 2010-11), Kurt Warner (2008), Peyton Manning (2010), Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford (2011 and 2012).

 

Romo’s two touchdown passes today gave him 55 career multiple-touchdown games to improve his club-high and allow him to place fifth in the NFL since becoming a starter in 2006:

 

Cowboys Career Multi-TD Games

Player                             Games

     Tony Romo..................... 55

     Roger Staubach............. 48

     Danny White................... 44

     Troy Aikman.................... 43

     Don Meredith.................. 41

 

NFL Multi-TD Games (since 2006)

Player                             Games

     Drew Brees..................... 73

     Tom Brady....................... 64

     Philip Rivers................... 63

     Peyton Manning............. 60

     Tony Romo..................... 55

     Eli Manning..................... 53*

* Game still in progress

 

Romo now has 28 career three-touchdown games – the most in Cowboys history, third among all-time undrafted quarterbacks and the fifth-most in the NFL since 2006:

 

Cowboys Career Three-TD Games

Player                                   Games

        Tony Romo............................ 28

        Danny White........................... 20

        Roger Staubach.................... 17

        Don Meredith......................... 14

        Troy Aikman........................... 10

 

All-Time Undrafted Three-TD Games

Player                          Games

        Kurt Warner................... 34

        Dave Krieg..................... 31

        Tony Romo................... 28

        Warren Moon................ 27

 

NFL Three-TD Games (since 2006)

Player                             Games

     Drew Brees...................... 45

     Tom Brady........................ 36

     Peyton Manning............... 35

     Aaron Rodgers................ 31

     Tony Romo...................... 28

     Philip Rivers..................... 26

 

Romo’s four touchdown passes today was his seventh career game with four-or-more touchdown passes for the second-most in a career in team history. Danny White has the club-high with eight.

 

Romo had a passer rating of 123.8 today. It was his 49th career game with a ratingabove 100.0 to improve his club record and rank fourth in the NFL since 2006:

 

  Career 100.0 Rating Games (Cowboys)

            Player                          Games

            Tony Romo................... 49

            Troy Aikman................... 44

            Roger Staubach........... 37

            Danny White.................. 33

            Craig Morton.................. 24

 

100.0 Rating Games Since 2006

            Player                          Games

            Drew Brees................... 55

            Tom Brady..................... 54

            Philip Rivers.................. 51

            Tony Romo................... 49

            Aaron Rodgers............. 47

 

DeMarcus Ware forced his 32nd career fumble today to extend his club-high of career forced fumbles.

 

Jason Witten finished today’s game with six catches for 60 yards. For the season, Witten has 103 catches – the second time a Dallas Cowboy reached 100 catches in a season and the third time an NFL tight end did it. Michael Irvin (1995) was the first with 111. Witten’s 103 catches this season also established an NFL tight end record:

 

Single-Season Receptions (Dallas Cowboys)

            Player                  Rec      Season

            Michael Irvin....... 111       1995

            Jason Witten..... 103       2012

            Jason Witten........ 96       2007

            Jason Witten........ 94       2009

            Jason Witten........ 94       2010

 

Single-Season Receptions (NFL TEs)

            Player                  Rec      Season

            Jason Witten..... 103       2012

            Tony Gonzalez... 102       2004

            Dallas Clark....... 100       2009

            Tony Gonzalez...... 99       2007

            Jimmy Graham.... 99       2011

            Ben Coates.......... 96       1994

            Tony Gonzalez...... 96       2008

            Jason Witten........ 96       2007

 

Witten’s 103 catches this season marks the 75th time an NFL pass catcher reached 100 receptions.

 

Witten’s 60 receiving yards today upped his career total to 8,892 and allowed him to pass  Mark Duper and Ricky Proehl (8,878) for 55th on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards chart.

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