Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys’ .670 winning percentage on opening day ranks as NFL’s best

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten led the Cowboys to victory.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten led the Cowboys to victory. Star-Telegram

Here are the notes compiled by the Cowboys public relations staff:


· With the win tonight, Dallas improved to 37-18-1 on opening day to boast the NFL’s best all-time opening day win percentage with a .670 percentage.

· The Cowboys are now 17-8-1 during home openers all-time.

· Dallas extended its opening day record against the New York Giants to 8-0 all-time – the best record against any opponent on opening day – while also upping the Cowboys win streak over the Giants to five games – the longest streak since a five-game win streak from 1992-94.

· The win also marked Dallas’ league-best 27th win on Sunday Night Football.

· This victory improved Head Coach Jason Garrett’s record to 3-2 on opening day, tying him with Jimmy Johnson, Wade Phillips and Barry Switzer (all with three wins) for the second-most wins by a Cowboys head coach on opening day. Tom Landry has the most wins with 22:

Most Wins By A Dallas Cowboys Head Coaches On Opening Day

Coach Years Won Loss Tied Pct

Tom Landry 1960-88 22 6 1 .776

Barry Switzer 1994-97 3 1 0 .750

Wade Phillips 2007-10 3 1 0 .750

Jimmy Johnson 1989-93 3 2 0 .600

Jason Garrett2010-15 3 2 0 .600

Chan Gailey 1998-99 2 0 0 1.000

Bill Parcells 2003-06 1 3 0 .250

Dave Campo 2000-02 0 3 0 .000

· Dallas Cowboys rookies Randy Gregory, Byron Jones, Lucky Whitehead and Damien Wilson made their NFL debuts.

· Veteran additions Andrew Gachkar, Darren McFadden and Corey White all made their Cowboys debut today.

· The Dallas Cowboys opening drive in the first quarter went 17 plays for 79 yards and spanned 10:27, which was longer than any drive Dallas’ offense produced in 2014 and the longest since an 11:11 minute drive at Phoenix (9/20/92). The 17 plays were the most by a Cowboys offense since the club had 18 at Carolina (10/21/12).

· Dallas’ 21 total passing first downs tied for the third-most all-time in a single game in team history and were the most since the 2009 offense had 23 pass downs at the N.Y. Giants (12/6/09).


· Dan Bailey’s three PATs today gave him 182 for his career to pass Mike Clark (180) for second on the team’s all-time PATs made list.


· Dez Bryant had five receptions for 48 yards in today’s game.

· Bryant’s five receptions gave him 386 for his career and allowed him to pass Tony Dorsett (382) for sixth on the club’s all-time receptions list.


· Lance Dunbar recorded a career-high eight receptions for a career-best 70 yards.


· Joseph Randle had a career-high 42 receiving yards on a career-high tying three catches.


· Tony Romo completed 36-of-45 passes (80.0%) for 356 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 103.3 quarterback rating.

· Down 10 points (23-13) in the middle of the fourth quarter, Romo engineered his 24th career comeback victory for the Cowboys, completing the comeback with an 11-yard scoring strike to Jason Witten.

· The 10-point deficit entering the fourth quarter marked the largest deficit overcome by Romo and the Cowboys in the final period since the 13-point deficit (14-27) Romo and the team overcame at Detroit (12/9/07).

· Romo’s 356 yards marked his 46th career 300-yard game – most in team history.

· Since entering the league in 2006, Romo has the fourth-most 300-yard games (46) behind Drew Brees (80), Peyton Manning (57) and Tom Brady (56).

· Romo’s 356 yards were the ninth-highest total of his career.

· Romo’s 356 yards gave him 33,626 for his career and allowed him to move past Phil Simms (33,462) and John Hadl (33,503) for 27th on the league’s all-time passing yardage list.

· Romo’s 36 completions gave him 2,779 for his career to pass Mark Brunell (2,761) for 27th on the league’s all-time passing completions list.

· Romo’s 103.3 quarterback rating marked his first 100.0-or-more game of the season – 66th overall for his career – most in team history.

· It was also his fifth game in a row – dating back to last season – to post a quarterback rating of 100.0 or better to mark the second-longest streak of his career (seven – 2007).

· Romo posted a completion rate of 80.0 percent to continue his streak of 18 consecutive games (including all 15 games he played last season and the final two games he played in 2013) that he has completed 60-percent-or-better.

· By completing 80 percent of his passes tonight, it marked his seventh career game to do that – most in team history. He hit the 80 percent mark in two games in 2014.

· As an opening day starter, Romo made his ninth consecutive start (2007-2015), breaking a tie with Don Meredith (eight) for the second-longest streak in team history behind Troy Aikman’s 12 consecutive starts. Overall, Romo’s nine opening day starts are tied with Roger Staubach (nine) for the second-most behind Troy Aikman (12).

· Romo’s six opening day wins are the third-most in team history.

· Below is Tony Romo’s updated stats on opening day compared with other Dallas quarterbacks.

Dallas Cowboys Starting Quarterbacks on Opening Day

Player Att Cmp Yds TD INT Rat Record

D. Meredith 187 99 1,605 15 8 90.9 5-2-1

R. Staubach 216 123 1,771 12 6 90.6 9-0

D. White 202 113 1,546 13 4 93.8 5-2

T. Aikman 366 215 2,708 19 13 84.4 8-4

T. Romo 312 240 2,849 20 10 112.2 6-3


· Jason Witten posted eight receptions for 60 yards and a career-high tying two touchdowns.

· Witten’s eight receptions today gave him 951 for his career to break a tie with Derrick Mason (943) and tie Andre Reed (951) for 12th all-time in NFL history.

· Witten’s eight receptions gave him 951 for his career to become only the 12th player overall – second tight end (Tony Gonzalez – 1,325) – to reach 950 for his career.

· Witten’s two touchdowns were a career-high, marked the fifth time of his career he has posted a multi-touchdown game and was the first time he accomplished that feat since at the N.Y. Giants (11/24/13).