A quarterback trying to break a hallowed record is something that just about every NFL fan can get behind. That’s exactly what happened when Tony Romo surpassed the 30 touchdown mark in his final season, and it was all thanks to some late-game heroics from Dak Prescott.
Tony Romo broke the Cowboys’ record for touchdown passes in a season last week, but it was “pretty cool” to see him break his own record. The Cowboys will be playing their rivals the Washington Redskins this weekend. Read more in detail here: cowboys schedule.
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Some of the Dallas Cowboys’ coaches continued to congratulate Dak Prescott as he walked to the sideline following his fourth-quarter touchdown throw to Corey Clement on Saturday night.
“To be honest, I thought they were congratulating me on five touchdowns,” Prescott said.
Prescott’s 8-yard connection to Clement in Dallas’ 51-26 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles set the Cowboys’ single-season record most touchdown passes in a season, surpassing Tony Romo’s 36 touchdown passes in 2007.
Coach Mike McCarthy deadpanned, “I simply think it’s a horrible year for a guy who was in a slump.” “He’s unique. He’s a unique individual. He’s a fantastic leader. Hopefully, he’ll be recognized for the way he approaches the game on the field. He takes the same method every time. What’s wonderful is that we all have a long way to go, and he in particular has a lot of room to improve. He’s still a young quarterback with plenty of good football ahead of him.”
Prescott threw three touchdown throws and three interceptions in a three-game span from Weeks 13-15, despite the Cowboys winning all three games.
Prescott, who set a season best of 30 touchdowns in 2019, knew he had a chance to match Romo’s total, “but that’s not something I really really think about,” he said. Prescott did not have the luxury of a 17th regular-season game to set the record since he was out with a calf injury on Oct. 31 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Prescott fired four touchdown passes in the first half for the second time in three games. On Dec. 26, he scored four times in a 56-14 triumph against the Washington Football Team. On the Cowboys’ first drive, he threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Cedrick Wilson.
Prescott’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Wilson in the second quarter gave the Cowboys the lead for good. In the last 1:45 of the first half, he threw two touchdown passes to tight end Dalton Schultz (2 yards, 9 yards) to give the Cowboys a 30-17 lead, tying Romo’s record.
“I mean, I could’ve done it a long time ago if I wasn’t in [a rut],” Prescott said. “But, sure, it’s quite awesome. Getting a record like that is very awesome. Obviously, I’m aware of who has come before me and who has held the post here before me. I’m just the result of a lot of hard effort, play-calling, offensive line protection, and a variety of players making plays.”
Prescott came one yard shy of surpassing Romo’s single-season passing yardage record of 4,902 yards in 2019, and the coaches knew he needed one more touchdown throw to break Romo’s TD mark at the start of the third quarter.
On the Cowboys’ second drive of the second half, he was able to get the throw he needed — a touchdown to the flat to former Eagle Clement — and his night was done, ending with 295 yards on 21-of-27 passing.
It’s the 11th time a quarterback has thrown five touchdown passes in a game in team history. Romo’s previous five touchdown throws were against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 6, 2013. Don Meredith had three five-touchdown games, while Tony Romo and Craig Morton both had two.
Prescott has three games this season and seven in his career with at least four touchdown throws.
Perhaps more importantly, the Cowboys’ offense was able to show some life on the road against an Eagles defense that was missing many starters. After Prescott’s calf injury, the Cowboys’ offense had gone five consecutive road games without scoring more than 27 points.
In addition to his two scores, Wilson rushed for 119 yards on five occasions. CeeDee Lamb gained 45 yards on two receptions, including a 31-yarder that he bounced off three tacklers. Amari Cooper received five passes for 79 yards.
After missing the first half of the season due to a right knee injury, Ezekiel Elliott ended with 87 yards on 18 runs for a total of 1,002 yards for the season. In his previous ten games, Elliott had not accumulated more than 52 yards.
With Clement and undrafted rookie JaQuy Hardy into the mix Saturday, the Cowboys concluded the season with a franchise-record 530 points scored by an NFL-record 22 different players.
The Cowboys ended 12-5 and 6-0 in the NFC East, and they may finish as high as No. 2 or as low as No. 4 in the playoffs. They need the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, and Arizona Cardinals to lose in order to advance to the second round. They’d need the Rams and Cardinals to lose to the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, to earn the No. 3 seed.
Regardless, they know they will have at least one playoff game at AT&T Stadium.
McCarthy added, “They’re nice recordings.” “I believe those are the things that you remember when you sit down at the end of the trip and say, “Boy, that was a tough year,” and you remember those times. However, we see this as the beginning point. We’ve positioned ourselves in the best possible situation. Our objective is to always be in the tournament, so we’ll see where we finish on (Sunday) night) and, more importantly, getting into this slot is tough. It takes a lot of effort to win 12 games. But the most essential thing is that we take advantage of this chance.”
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Tony Romo broke the Dallas Cowboys’ record for touchdown passes in a season with his 4th TD pass of the night. He is now tied with Brett Favre for most touchdowns in a single season. Reference: tony romo hall of fame.
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