Monday, December 17, 2012
Long time coming for Jason Witten, Tony Romo
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas – For the first time in 114 catches, Jason Witten recorded a touchdown pass thrown by Tony Romo.
Witten’s 17-yard touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday’s 27-24 win against Pittsburgh was his second of the season and first from Romo since Nov. 20, 2011, against Washington when they connected on a 59-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Witten’s first touchdown of the season this year came from Kyle Orton in Week 4 against Chicago. Witten appeared to be smiling as he crossed the goal line.
“It’s been awhile since I scored,” Witten said.
The touchdown came on a play-action fake that bought him time to slip by linebacker Lawrence Timmons, and it has been an effective play of late. Witten recorded catches of 36 and 25 yards on similar throws against Philadelphia and Cincinnati leading into Sunday’s game.
“That play action always helps,” Witten said.
Witten finished the game with five catches for 43 yards, giving him a career-high 97 on the season. He needs six catches in the final two games to set a single-season record for receptions by a tight end in NFL history. He is closing in on Michael Irvin’s team record of 111 catches as well.