10. He had as many penalties as catches (2) and more penalty yards (15) than receiving yards (10), but Jason Witten absolutely changed the game with his dramatic recovery from a lacerated spleen. He wore extra padding around his mid-section, sat out only 1 series in playing 49 snaps and furthered his legend of toughness alongside Emmitt Smith’s shoulder. Taped to Witten’s locker at MetLife Stadium was an inspirational message he heard during the Cowboys’ visit with Navy SEALs during training camp:
I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My team expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than our competition. If knocked down, I will get back up every time. I will draw on every remaining source of strength to help my team and to accomplish our goal. I am never out of the FIGHT.
And to think, this team used to listen Keith Brooking’s pre-game garbage.
9. Tony Romo was at his vintage best, extending plays and making something out of nothing. He also made history. With his 22 completions, Romo has now completed more passes as a Cowboys’ quarterback than Roger Staubach. Gulp. With 77 more completions he’ll pass Danny White and be No. 2 all-time behind only Troy Aikman.