INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Milestones achieved during the Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles game

A group of Santas get ready for a halftime performance.

Star-Telegram/Ron Jenkins

A group of Santa’s get ready for a halftime performance.


Here are notes compiled by the Dallas Cowboys’ staff:

The Dallas Cowboys did not throw an interception today, and it marked Dallas’ fourth straight game without throwing an interception. It is the longest streak for the Cowboys since 2009 (four straight, 11/26-12/19).

The Dallas Cowboys avoided a shutout today with a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The last time Dallas was held scoreless was at New England (11/16/03). It also extended their streak of home games without a shutout to 166. The last time Dallas was shutout at home was against Philadelphia (9/15/91).

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Through 15 games of his rookie season, Dan Bailey has been true on 32 field goals. His 32 field goals made in 15 games is second in team history over that span:

      Player (Year)                          FGM    FGA      Pct..

      Richie Cunningham (1997)…. 34        36        94.4

      Dan Bailey (2011)……………… 32        36        88.9

      Chris Boniol (1996)…………….. 31        35        88.6

      Richie Cunningham (1998)…. 26        31        83.9

      Rafael Septien (1981)………… 26        33        78.8

      Ken Willis (1991)……………….. 26        37        70.3

Bailey’s 32 made field goals thus are fourth through an entire rookie season in NFL history:

      Player (Year)                          FGM    FGA      Pct..

      Ali Haji-Sheikh (1983)…………. 35       42         83.3

      Richie Cunningham (1997)…. 34       37         91.9

      Chester Marcol (1972)………… 33       48         68.8

Dan Bailey (2011)……………… 32       36         88.9

      Kevin Butler (1985)…………….. 31       37         83.8

      Mason Crosby (2007)………….. 31       39         79.5

Bruce Carter got his hands on a Chas Henry punt today. It was the first tipped punt of any kind for Dallas since Carlos Polk blocked a punt against San Francisco (11/23/08).

Dwayne Harris had a career-long 51-yard kickoff return today.

Mat McBriar punted nine times today to tie his single-game career-high: vs. Chicago (11/25/04), at Seattle (10/23/05) and at Philadelphia (11/14/05).

Stephen McGee saw his first action of the season after Tony Romo (hand) was sidelined after the first drive. McGee finished the game completing 24-of-28 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown. Today marked McGee’s third appearance, and he has thrown one touchdown and no interceptions in each appearance.

DeMarcus Ware’s two sacks today gave him his 22nd career multi-sack game and his fifth of the season.Ware’s five multi-sack games this season are the most in his career and the most in a season in franchise history:

                       Multi-sack games (Cowboys season)

                        Player (Year)                       Games

                        DeMarcus Ware (2011)………. 5

                        Randy White (1984)……………. 4

                        Jim Jeffcoat (1989)…………….. 4

                        Charles Haley (1995)………….. 4

                        Greg Ellis (2007)………………… 4

                        DeMarcus Ware (2007, 09-10) 4

Ware’s sacks today upped his official club sack record to 98.0. Among all-time (pre-1982 included) club sack leaders, Ware’s 98 put him past George Andrie (97.0) for fourth:

                        Career sacks, including pre-1982

                    Player (Years)                                  Sacks

                    Harvey Martin (1973-83)……………… 114.0

                    Randy White (1975-88)……………….. 111.0

                    Too Tall Jones (1974-78, 80-89)….. 106.0

                    DeMarcus Ware (2005-11)……………. 98.0

                    George Andrie (1962-72)………………. 97.0

Ware’s 18.0 sacks thus far are the second-most in his career (20.0 in 2008) and second in a season in club history:

                        Player (Year)                     Sacks

                        DeMarcus Ware (2008)……. 20.0

                        DeMarcus Ware (2011)…… 18.0

                        DeMarcus Ware (2010)……. 15.5

                        Jim Jeffcoat (1986)………… 14.0

                        DeMarcus Ware (2007)……. 14.0

Chauncey Washington had his first career stats as a Cowboy, playing in his third game as a Cowboy. He finished today with one rush for -1 yard and two catches for 13 yards. His two previous games came in 2009.

Jason Witten’s 24 yards today gave him 7,840 for his career to pass Drew Pearson (7,822) for third in team history.

Witten’s four catches today gave him 72 for the season. It is his sixth season with 70-or-more catches for the second-most all-time in the NFL among tight ends. Tony Gonzalez has the tight end best with 12. It is also his fifth consecutive 70-catch season, which is the second-longest streak behind Gonzalez (nine).

In franchise history, Witten’s six 70-catch seasons only trail Michael Irvin’s seven for the most in Cowboys record books while his five straight tie Irvin for the most.

 

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