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December 31, 2012

Cowboys notes: Dez Bryant has fourth-most receiving yards in single season in franchise history

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

Dez Bryant caught four passes for 71 yards tonight. He upped his career receptions total to 200 to break a tie with Patrick Crayton for sole possession of 20th in franchise history. He is also the 20th Dallas Cowboy to reach 200 career receptions.

Bryant improved his season receiving yards total to 1,382 to give him the fourth-most yards in a season in franchise history:

Single-Season Dallas Receiving Yards

Player                  Yards    Season

Michael Irvin....... 1,603      1995

Michael Irvin....... 1,523      1991

Michael Irvin....... 1,396      1992

Dez Bryant........ 1,382      2012

Terrell Owens... 1,355      2007

Bryant’s 71 yards tonight were the seventh-most by a Dallas Cowboy coming off of a 200-yard performance from the previous week:

Yards Following 200-plus Yard Game (by date)

                                                                            200-yard                                      2-game

Player                       Yds   Opp, date                 game      Opp, date                    Total

Frank Clarke............ 13    Pit, 9/23/62                241        Was, 9/16/62               254

Bob Hayes............... 96    Pit, 11/20/66             246        @Was, 11/13/66         342

Lance Rentzel....... 145    StL, 11/23/67            223        Was, 11/19/67             368

Tony Hill................... 92    @Was, 11/18/79      213        Phi, 11/12/79               305

James Dixon........... 28    Mia, 11/19/89            203        @Pho, 11/12/89          231

Michael Irvin.......... 105    @Phi, 10/5/92          210        Pho, 9/20/92                315 

Kevin Williams........ 32    @Chi, 9/2/96            203        @Ari, 12/25/95            235

Terrell Owens......... 98    Sea, 11/27/08           213        SF, 11/23/08                311

Miles Austin........... 171    Atl, 10/25/09              250        @KC, 10/11/09           421

Dez Bryant.............. 71    @Was, 12/30/12      224        NO, 12/23/12               295

Felix Jones’ one catch tonight gave him 128 for his career to break a tie with Eric Bjornson for sole possession of 35th in team history.

Tony Romo passed for 218 yards tonight and upped his career passing yards total to 25,737 and passedJeff Garcia (25,537) for 60th all-time in NFL history.

Romo’s 37 pass attempts tonight improved his single-season club record to 648, and his 20 completions improved his season club-record to 425. His 218 yards upped his club record of single-season passing yards to 4,903.

Romo’s touchdown passes today gave him 28 for the season to tie Danny White (1980) for the fourth-most scoring throws in a season in franchise history:

Dallas Cowboys Single-Season TDs

Player                       TDs      Season

Tony Romo.............. 36          2007

Tony Romo.............. 31          2011

Danny White............ 29          1983

Danny White............ 28          1980

Tony Romo............. 28          2012

Romo’s two touchdown passes today gave him 56 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..................... 56

     Roger Staubach............. 48

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

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

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

 NFL Multi-TD Games (since 2006)

Player                             Games

     Drew Brees..................... 74

     Tom Brady....................... 65

     Philip Rivers................... 64

     Peyton Manning............. 61

     Tony Romo..................... 56

     Eli Manning..................... 54

Anthony Spencer notched his 11th sack of the season tonight to up his single-season career-high. 

On his first catch of the game, Jason Witten had his 800th career reception, making him the third tight end and the 26th (Andre Johnson) NFL pass catcher to reach 800 career catches. Among NFL tight ends, Witten joined Tony Gonzalez and Shannon Sharpe in the800-catch club. 

Witten reached 800 catches in his 159th game, faster than the previous two (Gonzalez, 171 and Sharpe, 202). 

Witten finished tonight’s game with seven catches for 56 yards. For the season, Witten had 110 catches – an NFL tight end record and second to Michael Irvin’s club record of 111:

Single-Season Receptions (Dallas Cowboys)

            Player                  Rec      Season

            Michael Irvin....... 111       1995

            Jason Witten..... 110       2012

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

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

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

Single-Season Receptions (NFL TEs)

            Player                  Rec      Season

            Jason Witten..... 110       2012

            Tony Gonzalez... 102       2004

            Dallas Clark....... 100       2009

            Tony Gonzalez...... 99       2007

            Jimmy Graham.... 99       2011

Witten’s 56 yards tonight gave him 1,039 for the season. It is his fourth career 1,000-yard season to tie Tony Gonzalez for the most by a tight end in NFL history and give him the second-most in franchise history behind Michael Irvin’s seven.

Along with Bryant’s 1,000 yards, this season is the sixth time a pair of Cowboys pass catchers reached 1,000 yards in a season. Witten has now been a part of four of the Cowboys duos to accomplish the feat.

Witten’s 1,039 yards this season is second in his career to the 1,145 he racked up in 2007. His other 1,000-yard seasons were 1,030 (2009) and 1,002 (2010).

 

 

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