Sunday, January 03, 2010

Cowboys set team record with their biggest offensive season; Romo breaks his passing record

By Associated Press
3:52 PM CST, January 3, 2010

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have their most yards in a season, and quarterback Tony Romo has broken his own passing record.

An opening drive covering 80 yards and nine plays Sunday against Philadelphia pushed the Cowboys' season total to 5,996 yards, 28 more than the team record set in 1979. The Cowboys are wrapping up their 50th regular season.

Romo's 10-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten put the Cowboys up 7-0 in a game to determine the NFC East champion. It was the third straight game Dallas scored a touchdown on the opening drive.

On the second possession, Romo surpassed the 4,211 yards passing he had in 2007. He entered the game only 39 yards shy of that mark and already with only the second 4,000-yard season ever for the Cowboys.

Fittingly, Romo broke his record on a 12-yard pass to Miles Austin, who after the departure of Terrell Owens became the starter this season and earned his first Pro Bowl selection. Austin entered the game with 74 catches for 1,230 yards and 11 TDs.