ARLINGTON, Texas -- It has been no secret that Jason Witten has been Tony Romo’s security blanket since 2006.
Before Sunday, Witten caught 515 passes for 5,815 yards and 23 touchdowns, but the quarterback-tight end combination was able to do something new in Sunday’s 36-31 win against the New York Giants: They connected for two touchdowns in the same game.
Witten scored on touchdowns of 15 and 4 yards from Romo for the third multiple-touchdown game of his career.
“He’s been doing good things in the preseason and we’ve got some stuff,” Romo said.
Some stuff is something the Cowboys have not had for Witten in the red zone. He had 110 catches last year, an NFL record for tight ends, but only three touchdown catches. He had nine touchdowns in 2010 but only eight in the last two seasons.
“You see it across the league that’s a mismatch in a lot of ways,” Witten said. “When you get down there you need touchdowns and that’s something I felt like I wanted to capitalize on. I feel like we take advantage of it from 20 to 20, but you want to capitalize on it and finish it off in the red zone. I was happy to see it pay off like that.”
Witten’s first touchdown came when he effectively posted up linebacker Mark Herzlich to give Romo a throw to the back shoulder. His second came as Romo had all day to throw, thanks to the line which allowed Witten to break free from safety Ryan Mundy.
“Unbelievable throw by him,” Witten said. “He does a great job of keeping plays alive, better than anybody I’ve seen in the NFL. Getting in the line of vision and he put that ball in about a four-inch window and I was able to body the guy up.”
After one game Witten finds himself on pace for 32 touchdown catches.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Witten joked.