INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Dallas Cowboys historic milestones

2011 Dallas Cowboys - The Boys Are Back

2011 Dallas Cowboys - The Boys Are Back


Here are the notes compiled by the Cowboys’ after the game:

The Dallas Cowboys 37-point win (44-7) tied the 10th-largest margin of victory in team history. It was the club’s biggest win since defeating Arizona (10/22/00) by 41 points (48-7).

Dallas’ 44 points scored today were the most for the club since racking up 45 against the N.Y. Giants (9/9/07).

The Cowboys scored a touchdown on each of their first four drives today. It was the first time the club scored a touchdown on its first three drives since doing so against Seattle (11/27/08). We are looking into the last time the club managed a touchdown on each of the first four drives, and that will not be completed tonight.

Dallas’ 28 points scored in the first half today was the most for the club in the first half since scoring 28 against Detroit (10/19/03).

Dallas also converted eight-of-12 third down opportunities. The club’s 66.7 third down conversion percentage was the third-most in team history as far back that can be researched today. The top-two spots were a 72.7 percentage(eight-of-11) at Atlanta (10/29/95) and at Cleveland (9/7/08).

For the second consecutive week, the Cowboys had three interceptions in a game. It was the 13th time in franchise history Dallas had back-to-back three-interception games. The others were in 1967, 70, 73, 77, 80, 81 (twice), 82, 83, 84, 94 and 2007.

With 433 yards of offense today, the Cowboys have five games with 400-or-more yards this season. It ties the third-highest figure in team history. The highest was eight (2009), followed by six (1979, 81, 83, 2007 and 2010) and five (1966, 68, 71, 76, 78, 86 and 88).

The Cowboys have not yielded a sack in either of the last two games. It was the first time since games against Chicago (9/19/10) and at Houston (9/26/10) the club has given up no sacks in back-to-back games.

Dan Bailey’s three field goals today upped his streak of consecutive field goals made to 22 which is still the third-longest, tops among rookies, in club history:

Consecutive Player FGM Season

Chris Boniol 27 1996

Chris Boniol 26 1995

Dan Bailey* 22 2011

Richie Cunningham* 18 1997

Nick Folk 16 2008-09

*indicates rookie

DeMarco Murray rushed for 135 yards today, his second consecutive and third 100-yard day of the season. Over the past four games, he has rushed for 601 yards, the most by a Dallas Cowboy and the fifth-most by an NFL rookie over a four-game span:

Dallas Cowboy (four-game span)

Player Yards Year

DeMarco Murray 601 2011

Emmitt Smith 550 1993

Emmitt Smith 543 1995

Emmitt Smith 535 1995

Emmitt Smith 526 1993


NFL Rookie (four-game span)

Player Yards Year

Mike Anderson…… 674 2000

Adrian Peterson…. 653 2007

Mike Anderson…… 626 2000

Eric Dickerson……. 608 1983

DeMarco Murray.. 601 2011

Eric Dickerson……. 597 1983

Jerome Bettis…….. 584 1993

Corey Dillon………. 575 1997

Jamal Lewis………. 574 2000

Jamal Lewis………. 565 2000

Murray’s back-to-back 100-yard outings marked the first time a Cowboy had consecutive 100-yard performances since Julius Jones had three straight in 2006 (10/1-10/15). With his three 100-yard games thus far, Murray is tied for the second-most 100-yard games in a season by a Dallas rookie and the most by any Cowboys player since Marion Barber had three in 2008:

Multiple 100-yard games in a season (rookie)

Player Games Year

Duane Thomas…….. 4 1970

Calvin Hill……………. 3 1969

Emmitt Smith………. 3 1990

Julius Jones…………. 3 2004

DeMarco Murray….. 3 2011

Terence Newman intercepted his third pass of the season today. It was his second straight game with an interception – the third time in his career he had interceptions in consecutive games. The first time was in 2004 – at Philadelphia, 12/19, then vs. Washington, 12/26, and the second was in three straight in 2007 – vs. Washington, 11/18, vs. the N.Y. Jets, 11/22 and vs. Green Bay, 11/29.

Newman also picked off a fourth quarter Fitzpatrick pass that he returned 43 yards for a touchdown. It was his third career interception return for a touchdown. It was also his fourth career multiple interception game.

For his career, Newman has 32 interceptions to tie Lee Roy Jordan (1963-1976) for seventh in club history.

Laurent Robinson had a career-best two touchdown receptions today. It was also his third straight game with a touchdown catch – the longest streak of his career.

Tony Romo completed 23-of-26 passes for a completion percentage of 88.5 which established a club record. The previous was held by Danny White – 87.5 (19-of-23 – at Philadelphia, 11/6/83).

It was the third time Romo had a completion percentage of 80.0-or-better – 82.6 (19-of-23 – vs. Indianapolis, 11/19/06) and 80.0 (20-of-25 – at Philadelphia, 11/4/07).

Romo threw for 270 yards today to give him 19,158 career passing yards and become the fourth Dallas quarterback to top 19,000 career passing yards.

Romo’s three touchdown passes today gave him his 21st game with three-or-more touchdown passes, the most in team history:

Player 3-or-more-TDs (games)

Tony Romo………………… 21

Danny White……………….. 20

Roger Staubach………….. 17

Romo opened today’s game with 13 consecutive completions to tie his longest completion streak (vs. Tampa Bay, 11/23/06). It also tied the third-longest streak in franchise history:


Player Completions Opponent (Date)

Steve Pelluer 14 vs. Seattle (11/27/86)

Randall Cunningham 14 vs. Philadelphia (9/3/00, 1) and at Arizona (9/10/00, 13)

Troy Aikman 13 at Atlanta (12/21/92)

Troy Aikman 13 at Oakland (11/19/95)

Troy Aikman 13 at Arizona (11/15/98)

Quincy Carter 13 vs. Carolina (11/23/03, 9) and vs. Miami (11/27/03, 4)

Tony Romo 13 vs. Tampa Bay (11/23/06)

Tony Romo 13 vs. Buffalo (11/13/11)

Romo’s 148.4 quarterback rating was the second-highest of his career and the sixth-highest in team history.

Frank Walker intercepted his first pass as a Dallas Cowboy today. It was his first interception since stealing one in 2010 while with Minnesota (against the N.Y. Giants, 12/13).

Jason Witten’s five catches today gave him 666 for his career to pass Ozzie Newsome (662) for third all-time among league tight ends.

Witten is now one catch shy of his eighth straight 50-plus catch season, which would be the third-most and the second-most consecutive among tight ends in league history:


50-plus catch seasons (Tight End)

Player Consecutive Total

Tony Gonzalez………. 12 12

Shannon Sharpe……… 7 11

Jason Witten…………… 7 7


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