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December 10, 2013

Cowboys postgame notes: Coldest regular-season game ever

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

Tonight’s temperature at kickoff was eight degrees – the coldest regular season game in Cowboys history and the second-coldest overall game. Dallas owns a 2-3 regular season record in games of 20°-or-colder.

            Dallas Cowboys Temperature at Kickoff

Date            Opponent            W/L        Score        Temp

12/31/67*   @ Green Bay      L             17-21         -13°

12/9/13       @ Chicago          L             28-45         8°

12/15/63     @ St. Louis         W           28-24         16°

1/11/81*      @ Philadelphia  L             7-20           16°

12/6/92       @ Denver            W           31-27         19°

12/10/95     @ Philadelphia  L             17-20         19°

12/16/89     @ N.Y. Giants     L             0-15           20°

12/15/68     @ N.Y. Giants     W           28-10         21°

                              * indicates playoff game

Dez Bryant had a touchdown catch tonight, finishing with two catches for 12 yards. His scoring grab gave him 10 for the season – the second time in his career he reached 10 touchdowns (12 in 2012) and the 17th time a Dallas Cowboy had 10-or-more receiving scores in a season. Bryant is also the fourth Cowboy to do it multiple times (Bob Hayes – 5, Terrell Owens – 3 and Frank Clarke – 2).

Tyler Clutts made his Cowboys debut tonight playing on special teams and at full back. He returned a pooch punt 12 yards in the second quarter.

Chris Jones had one punt downed inside the 20-yard line which gave him 28 for the season to move into a tie with Mike Saxon (1986) and Mat McBriar (2005) for third in a season in team history.

DeMarco Murray rushed 18 times for 146 yards (8.1). Tonight marked Murray’s sixth career 100-yard game, and his 146 yards were good for third in his career:

Murray’s 100-yard Games

Yards         Opp             Date

253             vs. StL         10/23/11

175             vs. StL         9/22/13

146             at Chi          12/9/13     

139             vs. Sea        11/6/11

135             vs. Buf         11/13/11

131             at NYG        9/5/12

Murray’s 8.1-yard average tonight was the second-highest of his career (minimum 10 carries). His high is 10.1 (25 for 253), against St. Louis (10/23/11).

Murray’s 18 rushes upped his career rushing carries to 485 and moved him past Troy Hambrick (473) for 13th in club history.

Murray’s 146 rushing yards gave him 2,403 for his career and allowed him to pass Roger Staubach (2,264) for 11th in team history.

Included in Murray’s 146 yards tonight were 99 in the first half. It was the 21st time in club history a Cowboys rusher ran for over 90 yards in the first half and it was the third time in Murray’s career he accomplished the feat. The first was against St. Louis (10/23/11) when he had 112 rushing yards at halftime, and the second was with 96 yards, also against St. Louis (9/22/13).

Tony Romo completed 11-of-20 passes (55.0%) for 104 yards and three touchdowns tonight.

Romo now has 3,700 career attempts and tied Bobby Layne (3,700) for 58th in NFL history.

Romo’s three touchdown tosses tonight gave him at least one in each of the previous 26 games and extend his club record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

Romo’s three touchdown passes tonight gave him 64 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..................... 64

     Roger Staubach............. 48

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

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

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

NFL Multi-TD Games (since 2006)

Player                             Games

     Drew Brees..................... 84

     Peyton Manning............. 73

     Tom Brady....................... 72

     Philip Rivers................... 71

     Tony Romo..................... 64

Romo’s three touchdown tosses tonight gave him 204 for his career and moved him past Jim Everett (203) for 34th all-time.

Romo’s three scoring passes tonight extended his club record of three-touchdown games to 32. It also places him fifth in the league since 2006:

NFL Three-TD Games (since 2006)

Player                             Games

     Drew Brees..................... 51

     Peyton Manning............. 45

     Tom Brady....................... 38

     Aaron Rodgers............... 35

     Tony Romo..................... 32

Romo had a passer rating of 109.2 tonight. It was his 55th career game with a rating above 100.0, extending his club record. His 55 are fourth in the NFL since 2006:

NFL 100.0-plus Passer Rating (since 2006)

            Player                     Games

            Drew Brees............... 63                    

            Tom Brady................. 59

            Philip Rivers............. 58

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

            Peyton Manning....... 54

Romo now has six 100-rating games this season – tied for seventh in a season in team history.

Terrance Williams caught two balls for 36 yards and now has 35 catches for 567 yards and five touchdowns through 13 games of his rookie season. All-time among Dallas Cowboys rookies, Williams’ receptions are tied for sixth in a season, while his yards are sixth and touchdowns are tied for fourth.

Cowboys Rookie Receptions (Season)

Player                               Rec.          Season

Herschel Walker.............. 76             1986

Bob Hayes........................ 47             1965

Dez Bryant........................ 45             2010

Antonio Bryant.................. 44             2002

Mike Sherrard................... 41             1986

Jason Witten..................... 35             2003

Terrance Williams......... 35             2013

 

Cowboys Rookie Receiving Yards (Season)

Player                            Yards          Season

Bob Hayes.................. 1,023             1965

Herschel Walker........... 837             1986

Mike Sherrard................ 744             1986

Antonio Bryant................ 733             2002

Michael Irvin................... 654             1988

Terrance Williams....... 567             2013

Dez Bryant..................... 561             2010

 

Cowboys Rookie Rec. TDs (Season)

Player                                TDs          Season

Bob Hayes........................ 12             1965

Antonio Bryant.................... 6             2002

Dez Bryant.......................... 6             2010

Billy Joe DuPree................ 5             1973

Mike Sherrard..................... 5             1986

Michael Irvin........................ 5             1988

Terrance Williams............ 5             2013

Jason Witten appeared in his 168th straight game tonight. His 168 consecutive games played ties Cornell Green (1962-74) for third in team history. Dale Hellestrae (176, 1990-2000) and Bob Lilly (196, 1961-74) hold the top-two spots.

With his one catch for a 10-yard touchdown, Witten has now caught at least one pass in 84 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 touchdown catch tonight gave him 51 for his career to break a tie Ben Coates and tie Vernon Davis eighth in NFL tight end history. It also broke a tie with Frank Clarke for fourth in Cowboys history.

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