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  • Saturday's win gave Dallas its eighth win of the season to guarantee a .500-or-better finish for the 34th time in franchise history. * The eighth win also assures the Cowboys of avoiding consecutive losing seasons since 2002 when the Cowboys had their third straight 5-11 season. * The win improved Dallas' Saturday record to 15-12 and its Saturday night record to 5-2. * The Dallas defense held Tampa Bay to just one first half first down. It was the fifth time since 1991. * Through 14 games of his rookie season, Dan Bailey has been true on 32 field goals. His 32 field goals made in 14 games is second in team history over that span, only behind Richie Cunningham (1997), who had 33. * Sammy Morris made his Dallas Cowboys debut Saturday after signing with the club on Dec. 13. Morris finished his first outing with 12 carries for 53 yards (4.4 avg.). * Tony Romo has thrown for 3,895 yards this season to rank fourth in a season in club history. With just 85 more yards, Romo can have the top three passing seasons in club history. Romo is 588 passing yards behind his own franchise record of 4,483 yards in 2009. * Romo's 29 touchdowns this season are tied for second in a season in team history with Danny White (1983). Romo has the club record with 36 in 2007. * With his 133.9 rating, Romo now has 42 career games with a passer rating of at least 100.0. He has the second-most 100-plus rating games in team history, just two behind Troy Aikman (44). * Romo's three touchdown passes Saturday was his 24th career game with three-or-more touchdown passes, the most in team history. * DeMarcus Ware's sack upped his official club sack record to 96. Among all-time (pre-1982 included) club sack leaders, Ware's 96 put him past Jethro Pugh (95.5) for fifth. Ware is one behind George Andrie (97) for fourth and trails sack leader Harvey Martin (114) by 18, a feat he could reach by next year. * Ware's 16.0 sacks thus far are the second-most in his career (20.0 in 2008) and second in a season in club history. * Ware's sack Saturday was his first career sack against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There are now only four teams in which he has not had a sack – Denver, Jacksonville, Miami and San Diego. * Jason Witten's 77 yards upped his season total to 849 for his sixth season with 800-or-more yards. His six tie Shannon Sharpe for second all-time among tight ends: * Witten has reached the 800-yardmark in each of the last five seasons (including 2011) to give him the second-most consecutive 800-yard seasons among tight ends in NFL history. Tony Gonzalez has the most consecutive (seven).
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