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September 22, 2013

Cowboys postgame notes: Jason Witten moves to 22nd all time in career catches

Today’s win gave Dallas a 2-0 home record to start the season for the first time since 2007 and fourth time since 1999. The club also did it in 2006. When Dallas opened its home schedule 2-0 in 2007, the club beat the N.Y. Giants in the home opener, followed by a win over St. Louis – the same as this season.

Today’s win was also the club’s second straight win over St. Louis – the first time Dallas had back-to-back wins over the Rams in the history of the series.

The Dallas defense yielded 18 yards to the Rams offense in the first half of today’s game. The 18 yards was the fewest Dallas allowed in a half since giving up 17 against Seattle (10/11/92).

The defense also held St. Louis to one-of-13 on third downs. It was the 18th time since 1991 an opponent had one-or-fewer third down conversions. The last time was at Philadelphia (11/11/12) when the Eagles were one-of-10.

The Dallas defense registered six sacks today, the most since six at San Francisco (9/18/11).

Gavin Escobar hauled in his first career touchdown catch on a 24-yard third quarter Tony Romo pass.

Jason Hatcher’s sack today gave him 19.0 for his career to pass Bill Bates (18.0) and Lee Roy Jordan (18.5) and tie Anthony Dickerson and Jimmie Jones for 21st in team history.

Hatcher’s sack was also his third straight game with a sack – the longest streak in his career.

DeMarco Murray rushed for 175 yards today – the second-highest single-game rushing figure in his career. His prior high was the club-record 253 yards also against St. Louis (10/23/11).

Murray’s 175 yards also tied Tony Dorsett (at Baltimore, 12/6/81) for the ninth-best single-game rushing yards figure in franchise history.

Murray carried the ball a career-high 26 times today. His average of 6.7 yards-per-carry were good for his third-highest single-game average (minimum 10 carries).

When Murray tallies 20-or-more carries in a game, the Dallas Cowboys own a 10-0 record – including one non-start.

Murray now has five career 100-yard outings.

Caesar Rayford made his Dallas Cowboys debut playing in the defensive line rotation today.

Tony Romo’s touchdown tosses today gave him a scoring pass in each of the previous 15 games. It also gave him 183 career touchdown throws to pass Rich Gannon (180) and Steve Grogan (182) and tie Craig Morton for 47th in career touchdown passes in NFL history.

Romo’s three touchdown passes today gave him 58 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..................... 58

     Roger Staubach............. 48

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

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

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

 

NFL Multi-TD Games (since 2006)

Player                             Games

     Drew Brees..................... 76

     Tom Brady....................... 67

     Philip Rivers................... 66

     Peyton Manning............. 63

     Tony Romo..................... 58

     Eli Manning..................... 55

     Aaron Rodgers............... 55

With his three touchdown tosses today, Romo extended his club record of games with three-plus touchdowns to 29. Since becoming a starter in 2006, Romo’s 29 three-touchdown games since 2006 is fifth in the NFL over that span:

NFL Three-Touchdown Games (since 2006)

            Player                     Games     

            Drew Brees............... 47                    

            Peyton Manning....... 37

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

            Aaron Rodgers......... 32

            Tony Romo............... 29

 In completing 70.8% (17-of-24) of his passes, Romo now has 34 career games with a completion percentage of 70.0-or-more. Troy Aikman has the club high with 39. His 34 are fifth in the NFL since becoming a starter in 2006

Total 70.0% Games (since 2006)

Player                             Games

     Peyton Manning............... 45

     Drew Brees...................... 44

     Philip Rivers..................... 39

     Matt Schaub..................... 35

     Tony Romo...................... 34

Romo had a passer rating of 137.2 today for the eighth-highest single-game passer rating in his career. It was his 50th career game with a rating above 100.0, extending his club record. His 50 are tied for fourth in the NFL since 2006:

NFL 100.0-plus Passer Rating (since 2006)

            Player                     Games

            Drew Brees............... 57                    

            Tom Brady................. 55

            Philip Rivers............. 54

Aaron Rodgers......... 50

Tony Romo............... 50

Orlando Scandrick notched a sack tonight to give him 7.5 for his career – to move him past Dextor Clinkscale (7.0) for fourth in sacks among defensive backs in team history.

DeMarcus Ware had two sacks in today’s game to up his career sack total to 115.0. He passed Harvey Martin (114.0) as the all-time (unofficial since Martin’s sack totals are pre-1982) Dallas Cowboys sack leader. Ware also broke a tie with Sean Jones for sole possession of 17th on the NFL’s all-time sack list.

Ware’s 2.0 sacks today also upped his club record of multiple sack games to 28.

Kyle Wilber had his first career sack in the fourth quarter of today’s game.

J.J. Wilcox made his first career start today when he opened up as one of the team’s starting safeties.

With his five catches for 67 yards, Jason Witten has now caught at least one pass in 74 straight games and trails only Michael Irvin (117 from 1990-98) for the team record. Witten’s last game without a reception was at the N.Y. Giants (11/2/08).

Witten’s five catches today brought his career receptions total to 822 to pass Steve Largent (819) 22nd among all NFL pass catchers.

For his career, Witten now has 9,097 receiving yards and passed Tony Martin (9,065) to crack the top-50 and land in the 49th spot on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards chart.

 

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