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 Dallas Cowboys’:

Today’s overtime win was Dallas’ second overtime game and win of the season – the first came at San Francisco (9/18). It was Dallas’ 29th overtime game (since 1974 when the extra period was adopted) and gave the club a 17-12 record in those games. Dallas has now one four straight overtime games.

Dan Bailey’s two field goals today upped his streak of consecutive field goals made to 24 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* 24 2011

Richie Cunningham* 18 1997

Nick Folk 16 2008-09

*indicates rookie

Through 10 games of his rookie season, Bailey has been true on 25 field goals. His 25 field goals made in 10 games is second in team history over that span:

Player (Year) FGM FGA Pct

Richie Cunningham (1997) 26 28 92.9

Dan Bailey (2011) 25 26 96.2

Rafael Septien (1981) 20 22 90.9

Toni Fritsch (1975) 19 31 61.3

Rafael Septien (1984) 18 20 90.0


Dez Bryant caught his sixth touchdown pass of the season today to tie his total from his rookie season last year.

DeMarco Murray rushed for 73 yards today to give him 674 yards over the previous five games. Murray’s current five-game rushing yards total of 674 is second in team history and tied for seventh all-time among NFL rookies. He already had the third-highest figure in team history coming into today’s game over an earlier five-game span:

Dallas Cowboy (five-game span)

Player Yards Year

Emmitt Smith 688 1993

DeMarco Murray 674 2011

Emmitt Smith 638 1995

DeMarco Murray 635 2011

Emmitt Smith 630 1993

Emmitt Smith 621 1993

Emmitt Smith 603 1995


NFL Rookie (five-game span)

Player Yards Year

Adrian Peterson…. 765 2007

Eric Dickerson……. 741 1983

Mike Anderson…… 723 2000

Mike Anderson…… 711 2000

Adrian Peterson…. 698 2000

EricDickerson……. 696 1983

Mike Anderson…… 674 2000

DeMarco Murray.. 674 2011

Jamal Lewis………. 673 2000

Clinton Portis…….. 672 2002

Eric Dickerson……. 672 1983

Laurent Robinson had a touchdown in his fourth consecutive game – the longest streak of his career – with his scoring reception today.

With an interception-free game again today, Tony Romo has gone three straight games without throwing a pick – tying the second-longest streak of his career. In 2009 he had his first streak of three consecutive games, followed by four straight.

Romo has attempted 126 passes since throwing an interception. His personal best was 167 (2009), and the team record is 216 by Troy Aikman (1999).

With his 113.8 quarterback rating today, Romo has strung together three straight games with a rating over 100.0. It was the fourth such streak of his career. He had seven straight games in 2007 and streaks of four and three consecutive games in 2009.

Romo’s three touchdown passes today gave him 137 for his career to pass Don Meredith (135) for fourth in team history.

Romo’s three touchdown passes today was his 22nd career game with three-or-more touchdown passes, the most in team history:

Player 3-or-more-TDs (games)

Tony Romo………………… 22

Danny White……………….. 20

Roger Staubach………….. 17

DeMarcus Ware notched his 14th sack of the season today. His 14 sacks thus far are tied for the third-most in his career (20.0 in 2008, 15.5 in 2010 and 14.0 in 2007). They also tie for third in aseason in club history:


Player (Year) Sacks

DeMarcus Ware (2008)……. 20.0

DeMarcus Ware (2010)……. 15.5

Jim Jeffcoat (1986)………… 14.0

DeMarcus Ware (2007)……. 14.0

DeMarcus Ware (2011)…… 14.0

Jason Witten’s three catches today gave him 52 for the season – his eighth straight 50-plus catch season. His eight straight and eight overall are both good in their respective categories for second among tight ends in NFL history:

50-plus catch seasons (Tight End)

Player Consec. Total

Tony Gonzalez………. 12 12

Jason Witten…………… 8 8

Shannon Sharpe……… 7 11

Antonio Gates………….. 7 7

Witten’s 59-yard touchdown catch today was the longest touchdown catch of his career and the third-longest reception of his career.


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