Romo threw two touchdowns to lead the Dallas Cowboys to their best start in the franchise's illustrious history with a 34-3 victory Thursday over the New York Jets on Thanksgiving Day.
Marion Barber carried 18 times for 103 yards and a touchdown and
cornerback Terence Newman returned an interception 50 yards for
touchdown for Dallas, which secured its fifth straight win.
Prior to this season, White led the Cowboys to a then
franchise-best 9-1 start in 1983 under Hall of Fame coach Tom
Landry. The best Staubach could do was 9-1 in 1976, while
Aikman could only help the Cowboys to a trio of 8-2 starts in
1992, 1994 and 1995.
But Romo has trumped them all en route to a 10-1 start for
Dallas, which hosts the Green Bay Packers (10-1) next Thursday
in a showdown of NFC powers.
"10-1 is a great start," Romo said. "Obviously, it's a
phenomenal beginning to a good season, and in the middle here.
Now, it's about finishing. We're going to go out there and and
try to do what we can do to get better for next week's game.
"I think it's going to be a fun game next week. Obviously,
we'll both be 10-1 and this game will give the winner a two-game
lead for home field throughout the playoffs."
Adding to an already impressive season, Romo also tied White for
the franchise's single-season touchdown mark at 29 with a
22-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Terrell Owens. White
set the mark in 1979.
"The most important thing is that we won," Owens said.
"Regardless if I caught a touchdown or not. We made history
today and that's a stepping stone of where we need to go, and I
think we're headed in the right direction."
Despite being pressured constantly, Romo managed to dissect New
York's defense and, at one point, completed 15-of-19 passes. He
connected on 21-of-28 passes for 195 yards in the game.
The Cowboys' defense also did its part, as it sacked Jets
quarterback Kellen Clemens three times and did not let New York
cross midfield until late in the first half.
Romo and the Cowboys came out strong as they took the first
possession of the game and wasted little time attacking the
Romo led an eight-play, 63-yard drive that was capped by a
seven-yard score by Barber with 10:16 left in the first.
The four-year veteran was 3-of-3 for 35 yards on the drive,
which featured a key 19-yard pass to Miles Austin on 3rd-and-9.
Austin was forced into action due to the absence of Patrick
Crayton, who sat out with a sprained ankle.
Dallas' offense struggled to get into a rhythm the rest of the
quarter and held just a 7-0 lead. But Romo and the Cowboys then
opened the second quarter the same way they did the first.
Romo, who threw an interception after the Cowboys recovered a
first-quarter fumble in New York's territory, capped a
seven-play, 44-yard drive with a 25-yard scoring strike to Jason
Witten for a 14-0 lead with 12:09 left in the half.
Newman then stretched the lead to 21-0 as he baited Clemens into
a bad throw, picked it off and raced down the right sideline
for a 50-yard touchdown with 6:18 left in the second.
The Jets finally crossed the 50-yard line at 3:33 mark in the
second, and Mike Nugent capped a 13-play, 58-yard drive with a
40-yard field goal with 39 seconds left in the half.
The Cowboys' defense continued to stymie the Jets' offense in
the second half, and Nick Folk added two field goals before
Owens capped the scoring late in the fourth quarter.
Owens, who caught a team-record four scores last week, finished
with six catches for 65 yards.
Clemens struggled as he threw 10 straight incomplete passes in
the second half, and finished 12-of-27 for 142 yards and one
"I thought the Cowboys played well, but I think to beat a team
like that, you have to play your best football, and we didn't
play our best football," Jets coach Eric Mangini said. "There
are certain things you have to achieve in all three phases, and
we didn't come close in any phase."
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