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December 10, 2012

Stats, numbers and notes from Cowboys vs. Bengals

The notes from the Cowboys’ game against the Bengals, as supplied by the Cowboys public relations staff:

Dan Bailey connected on a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give Dallas the win. It was his second game-winning field goal of the season (vs. Cleveland, 11/18, 38-yarder in overtime) and the sixth of his career. Bailey’s six game-winning kicks are second in franchise history behind Rafael Septien’s seven.

Dez Bryant caught four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. He upped his career receptions total to 183 to pass Walt Garrison (182) and tie Lance Rentzel for 22nd in franchise history.

Bryant upped his season receiving yards total to 1,028 with his 50 yards. This season is his first career 1,000-yard season, the first by a Cowboy since Miles Austin and Jason Witten did it in 2009, the 28th time in franchise history a player reached 1,000 yards, and Bryant became the 12th different Cowboy to do it.

Bryant’s 50 yards also upped his career yardage total to 2,517 and allowed him to pass Alvin Harper (2,486) for 20th in club record books.

Bryant also became the 20th Dallas Cowboy to reach 2,500 career receiving yards.

Bryant’s touchdown catch was his fifth consecutive game with a touchdown reception, the longest streak in his career, tied for the seventh-longest streak and tied for the third-highest streak figure in franchise history.

Bryant’s 24th career scoring grab also broke a tie with Patrick Crayton for sole possession of 12th in team history.

Tony Romo finished the game completing 25-of-43 passes (58.1%) for 268 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. He upped his season passing attempts total to 526 – the fourth time in his career and the seventh time in team history a quarterback reached 500 attempts. Romo’s 526 pass attempts this season ranks third in a season in franchise history.

With his 25 completions, Romo now has 2,021 for his career to become the second Dallas Cowboy (Aikman) to reach 2,000 career completions.

Romo’s 25 completions upped his season completions total to 349 and establish a single-season club record.

Romo opened the game completing his first five passes. Along with his 12 straight completed from last week (last two of the second quarter and all 10 in the second half), Romo established the club record for consecutive completions (17). The previous record was 14 straight, held by Steve Pelluer (vs. Seattle, 11/27/86) and Randall Cunningham (1, vs. Philadelphia, 9/3/00, 13, at Arizona, 9/10/00).

With 268 passing yards, Romo passed Bart Starr (24,718) for 65th on the NFL’s all-time passing yards chart with 24,762 for his career.

Romo’s touchdown pass gave him 20 scoring throws this season – the fifth time in his career and the 16th time in team history a quarterback reached 20 touchdowns. His five career 20-touchdown seasons are the most in franchise history. Danny White is second with four, then Don Meredith and Roger Staubach are next with three each.

In guiding Dallas to its second consecutive game with a come-from-behind win, Romo now has four fourth quarter comeback wins for the season and 17 for his career, bettering his franchise-high.

Ernie Sims had his first sack as a Dallas Cowboy in the second quarter.

Anthony Spencer had 2.0 sacks to give him 8.5 sacks this season and improve his single-season career-best. He posted his third multi-sack game of the season and the seventh of his career.

DeMarcus Ware’s sack gave him 110.5 career sacks, and moved him past Greg Townsend for 18th all-time in NFL history.

Jason Witten had four catches to give him 92 for the season, and give him his fourth career season with 90-plus catches. Witten already had the most 90-catch seasons in team history with three, and his four are now tied for sixth-all time in NFL history. Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Torry Holt share the league-high with six 90-catch seasons.

Witten’s fourth 90-catch season was the sixth time a Dallas Cowboy reached 90 catches in a season (Witten in 2007, 2009-10, 2012 and Michael Irvin in 1993 and 1995), the 14th time an NFL tight end reached 90 catches and tied with Tony Gonzalez for the most among league tight ends.

For the season, Witten has 92 catches – the fourth-most in a season in his career, fifth-most in a season by a Dallas Cowboy and the second-most in a season by an NFL tight end.

Witten’s 62 receiving yards upped his career total to 8,789 and allowed him to pass Joe Horn (8,744) and MarkCarrier (8,763) for 59th on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards chart.

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