Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo surpassed Troy Aikman as the franchise’s all-time leading passer Sunday, as the Cowboys destroyed the Indianapolis Colts 42-7 en route to their first playoff berth in five years.
The record breaking pass came in the third quarter, when Romo connected with Tight End Jason Witten for a 25-yard touchdown strike, putting the Cowboys up 35-0 and signaling Romo’s exit from the game. The connection to Witten was fitting for the record, as Romo has not completed more passes in his career to any other player.
Romo finished the game with 218 passing yards and 4 touchdown passes against no interceptions. During the rout of the Colts, Romo completed 16 consecutive passes.
Reason to fist pump. Tony Romo has passed Troy Aikman to become the Cowboys all-time passing leader. pic.twitter.com/XL3bMo0Cig
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) December 21, 2014
The pass put Romo at 32,961 passing yards compared to Aikman’s 32,942 in his career. Aikman held the record for the storied franchise since 2000 when he retired after a series of head injuries forced his exit from the game.
AIkman took to Twitter to congratulate Romo on besting his career passing number:
Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys all-time career passing yardage leader – Well done and well deserved…proud of all your accomplishments!
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) December 22, 2014
Tony Romo still has quite a bit of work to do to surpass Troy Aikman in the annals of Cowboy and NFL history, however. Aikman won three Super Bowl rings during his run as the Cowboys quarterback in the 90s, and took home the MVP of Super Bowl 27. Romo has only one playoff win in his tenure.
The 34-year old Romo has a chance to take his team deep in the playoffs this year for the first time since 2007. That year, the Cowboys were 13-3 and had the number one seed in the NFC before being ousted by the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. In 2009, the Cowboys went 11-5 and won a playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but were subsequently destroyed by Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings.
The last three years have seen the Cowboys finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs, but this year they have a strong running game and offensive line, which is crucial in accumulating long playoff runs. Tony Romo finally has a chance to try and gain some ground on Troy Aikman and his playoff success.