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Romo breaks Aikman’s record, ties game

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And just like that, as if by script, the Cowboys have tied this game.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo just hit Dez Bryant for a 23-yard touchdown, which made the score 17-17 in the third quarter.

The touchdown was the 166th of Romo’s career, which moved him out of a tie with Troy Aikman for most in franchise history. The fact Romo’s never had an Emmitt Smith allowed him to pile up bigger numbers, but the fact he’s never had a Michael Irvin speaks to his ability to make plays as well.

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35 Responses to “Romo breaks Aikman’s record, ties game”
  1. stevenfbrackett says: Dec 2, 2012 10:25 PM

    Such a mediocre career for so many touchdowns.

  2. billymc75 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:27 PM

    and as a Romo fan I hope he pulls a Don Meredith and walks away, he deserves better

  3. rawhead08 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:29 PM

    Not for long! Lol their D is worse than the Eagles

  4. jpb12 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:29 PM

    Best Cowboy QB ever

  5. enochmh2 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:34 PM

    Aikman only had one season with over 20 touchdowns. But he’s got the rings so i guess that’s all that matters,helps having a hof rb and wr too

  6. tfoz5150 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:36 PM

    Asomgua is such a STIFF!

  7. eyeh8goodell says: Dec 2, 2012 10:37 PM

    Aikman wasn’t “relying” on Emmitt. Football teams played a more balanced attack in that era. How does Romo’s TD-INT ratio look compared to Aikman’s? It was a different game then, and a far better game IMO.

    Romo is alright and that’s about it. All those TD’s and just a single playoff win to show for it all.

  8. ningenito78 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:44 PM

    Of there’s a more misleading stat in football I’ve yet to see it. Romo is the all time TD passer? For a franchise as storied as the Cowboys that’s something. But he’s still the most overrated QB in the NFL.

  9. enochmh2 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:47 PM

    We laugh at romo about his picks but the ratio is aikman 165 tds-141 int,romo 166 tds-87int

  10. brenenostler says: Dec 2, 2012 10:51 PM

    Still meaningless until he wins a SB.

  11. mitchem85 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:53 PM

    he’s still had good recievers t.o,bryant,Austin.

    plus, the fact that the rules have been changed to benefit the offenses makes this way easier to accomplish as well

    when romo.gets close to aikmans superbowl wins, then ill start to listen…until then, ::::yawnnnn:::

  12. coughlinsredcheeks says: Dec 2, 2012 10:55 PM

    And yet he’s still just the 4th best QB in franchise history

  13. tfbuckfutter says: Dec 2, 2012 10:56 PM

    If anything it speaks more to what a middling, system-created QB Aikman was.

    Efficient yes. Impressive no.

  14. jessethegreat says: Dec 2, 2012 10:57 PM

    Put romo on aikmans cowboys teams and he gets at least one more ring…. As long as jerruh jones stays out of the way. Aikman had a much better supporting cast around him

  15. bigbaldpapahawk says: Dec 2, 2012 11:03 PM

    It is sad that Romo gets mentioned in the same breath as Aikman, let alone to have that record.

  16. grogansneck says: Dec 2, 2012 11:03 PM

    and that is how stats lie.

  17. cowboysfan1979 says: Dec 2, 2012 11:15 PM

    Aikman had a slightly better offense line as well.

  18. barbeaux says: Dec 2, 2012 11:21 PM

    Well, the cowboys haven’t had much of a running game since emmitt. They fall behind then rely on tons of passes to try to catch up…so ya the stats was going to get broken. That’s been their downfall

  19. csilojohnson says: Dec 2, 2012 11:25 PM

    Just more proof that massive changes to the rule book make records pointless. It’s time to start a new book, open a new wing in the HOF. I don’t know why they even mention when records are broken. It only discredits the guys who held them before the game became severely unbalanced. Poor Marino

  20. joey49er says: Dec 2, 2012 11:32 PM

    Romo is a clown no playoffs again this yr!!!lol
    Aikman was a true winner!!!!and has the rings to prove it

  21. rawhead08 says: Dec 2, 2012 11:32 PM

    How often did Aikmam throw 50 times a game

  22. cowboys8819 says: Dec 2, 2012 11:43 PM

    I’m proud of him! He really does deserve to a SB in his career!

  23. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 2, 2012 11:46 PM

    No Emmitt, no rings. You Aikman apologists need to get past yourself.

  24. divan22 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:13 AM

    Wow, I didn’t realize people who think QBs (and not TEAMS) win Super Bowls still exist!

    Romo’s a stud QB on a mediocre team. Simple as that. A ring will help his resume but it won’t change reality.

    The guy has the 4th best QB rating in league history for a reason and no, I’m not saying he’s the 4th best QB ever… what I’m saying is it’s not possible to be that high up on such a list without being AT THE VERY LEAST a very, very good QB.

    Give Romo a dominant D (like Eli had in his Super Bowl runs) and see how he does.

  25. christopher525 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:56 AM

    He’s never had an Irvin, but he’s had a Witten. His TE is a MUCH better pass catcher, and overall weapon, than Novacek was in his day.

  26. christopher525 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:05 AM

    In 4 less games, Witten has nearly double the yards and catches of Novacek. You want a difference maker, he’s wearing number 82.

  27. joetoronto says: Dec 3, 2012 5:43 AM

    tfbuckfutter says:
    Dec 2, 2012 10:56 PM
    If anything it speaks more to what a middling, system-created QB Aikman was.

    Efficient yes. Impressive no.
    **************************************************

    What a pile of crap.

    If you actually watch Aikman play AND you’re being honest, there’s no comparison at all.

    Aikman was one of the greatest leaders of all time, he was THE man and no one, not Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith or anybody else, questioned him.

    If you didn’t give it all every play, you had to deal with him and you really didn’t want to do that.

  28. kbuck89 says: Dec 3, 2012 7:19 AM

    “Aikman had a slightly better offensive line…”. Yea and Emmit Smith is “slightly” better than any running back Romo has had. You guys need to get off trying to disprove the fact that Romo is a good QB. I bet you the media won’t talk about Romo being 10/10 for 169 yards and 3tds in the 2nd half. If Eli did that they would have a whole hour segment on how elite he is and this just proves how good he is. Romo does it they just shrug off the whole game because they can’t say anything bad about him. Can’t believe no one has noticed that when Romo does well in a game they talk about the game less. When he has a bad game they have a whole discussion about it.

  29. ripster65 says: Dec 3, 2012 8:10 AM

    Great leader? nahh. Great decision maker? nahhh. Great in clutch situations? nahhhh. Great in the post-season? nahhh. Great numbers? Sure, so congrats…I guess.

  30. beelza says: Dec 3, 2012 9:11 AM

    I’m not a Cowboys fan whatsoever, but this BS stat. is the emptiest stat. I’ve seen. It is sacrilige to mention romo with Aikman. It’s like the world’s oldest living person, but last 30 years was spent in a coma.

  31. kmartin173 says: Dec 3, 2012 11:21 AM

    The difference is Aikman was money when the game was tight while Romo is usually money for the other team. Its not how many interceptions Romo throws, its WHEN he throws them.

  32. bluebongzilla says: Dec 3, 2012 12:43 PM

    “How does Romo’s TD-INT ratio look compared to Aikman’s?”

    Excellent question! Aikman ended up with 165 TDs and 141 INTs, so he threw 1.17 TDs to each INT over his career. Romo has 168 TDs and 87 INTS so far in his career, so he has thrown 1.93 TDs to each INT so far.

  33. bluebongzilla says: Dec 3, 2012 12:46 PM

    “Aikman was one of the greatest leaders of all time, he was THE man and no one, not Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith or anybody else, questioned him.”

    John Blake questioned him. Jimmy Johnson questioned him, too. Why do you think Jimmy spent a 1st overall pick (supplemental draft) on Steve Walsh?

  34. kmartin173 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:59 PM

    Aikman had more playoff wins in 1 season that Romo will accumulate in his entire career.

  35. manofaiki says: Dec 4, 2012 10:20 AM

    The biggest failure of Jerry Jones the GM is that he’s had since 2007 to build a team around Romo that can complement him.

    It’s not even debatable that Aikman had a MUCH better team around him in the early 90’s. That defense was incredible. Aikman had HOF RB & WR.

    Tony Romo’s spend his entire career running around back there extending plays with his feet because the OLine can’t give him time. Behind the OLine’s Tony Romo’s had to play with, go ahead and try to convince me Aikman would be an elite player.

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