The Dallas Cowboys have a new career touchdown passes leader… And, his name is Tony Romo.
The 32-year-old Cowboys quarterback threw for three touchdowns to pass Troy Aikman‘s career mark of 165 TD passes and claim Dallas’ franchise record as the Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-33 on Sunday night.
The Cowboys (6-6) trailed 27-24 when Romo led an 86-yard drive that was sparked by a 35-yard pass to Dez Bryant on third down. Bryant gave Dallas the lead when he took a screen pass from the 6 and got inside the pylon with 5:40 remaining.
The Eagles (3-9) lost their eighth straight game despite 169 yards rushing and two touchdowns from rookie Bryce Brown a week after he set a team rookie record with 178 yards.
After Romo’s go-ahead touchdown pass, Dallas went up by 11 when Morris Claiborne returned a fumble by Brown 50 yards for a touchdown.
Brown’s fumble snapped a streak of eight straight scoring drives by both teams.
Philadelphia had a chance for an improbable rally when Damaris Johnson returned a punt 98 yards with 31 seconds left. After a failed 2-point conversion kept the score at 38-33, the Cowboys recovered the onside kick.
“It’s about winning games,” said Romo, who was 10 of 10 in the second half and completed his last 12 passes. “We desperately had to have this win tonight, and our team fought like heck to get a win.”
Romo completed 22 of 27 for 303 yards with no interceptions and a passer rating of 150.5. He’s the fifth QB since 2000 with three touchdowns and no incompletions in the second half of a game.