Tony Romo breaks record set by Troy Aikman, but wants more wins

December 3, 2012

Tony Romo passed Troy Aikman on Sunday night. (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

The touchdown pass — No. 166 — pushed Tony Romo past Troy Aikman on the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time list.

But that’s where the similarity to Aikman has ended, unless this is the beginning of a special December run for Romo. He completed 10-of-10 passes for three touchdowns in the second half of the Cowboys’ 38-33 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Over four of the last five games, he has thrown no interceptions. He finished with a 150.5 passer rating and was in a zone.

“It did seem like he found his edge,” tight end Jason Witten told Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “He gets in that groove.”

The victory keeps the Cowboys’ slim playoff hopes alive at a meh 6-6.

“I’m not trying to minimize anything,” Romo said. “Really, you’re just singularly focused on trying to bring a championship to this town and this organization. In that process, everything else kind of takes a back burner. We had a thing where we had to give our individual goals and our team goals. They were the same. It’s just about bringing that championship to Dallas. I want that for so many people. That’s why we commit to what we do. You just do all the little things and grind, and hopefully we’ll be able to attain that.”

Romo, who completed 22-of-27 passes for 303 yards, knows full well that where it counts — in the playoffs — he has only one victory and millions of critics.

“To me, I can still picture when he would walk out there when he first got on the Cowboys and the defensive coaches would just pull their hair out with frustration because they couldn’t stop him on the field,” owner/general manager Jerry Jones said.. “They would say, ‘Well, but he’s got to play right, because he can’t throw across the defense. He can’t be shoving that ball up in the middle of these defensive players. That won’t win in the NFL.’”

It nearly didn’t Sunday night. With 31 seconds left, Damaris Johnson returned a punt 98 yards for the imploding Eagles (3-9), but their two-point conversion failed and the Cowboys recovered an onside kick.

“It’s about winning games,” Romo said. “We desperately had to have this win tonight, and our team fought like heck to get a win.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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