Stat Line Of The Night — 9/18/11 — Miles Austin
The Dallas Cowboys started with Tony Romo at quarterback, but switched to Jon Kitna for a quarter before Romo returned in the fourth, despite playing with a broken rib. Yes, there were certainly some inconsistencies at the quarterback position for Dallas on Sunday, but the one consistency that the Cowboys could rely on in their passing game was Miles Austin in the end zone.
No matter who was throwing the passes for the Cowboys on this day, they always seemed to be able to find an open Miles Austin for a touchdown – three to be exact. Romo connected with the sixth-year receiver for touchdown passes of 53 and 25 yards in the second and fourth quarters, respectively, while Kitna squeezed in a touchdown pass of his own to Austin during the third quarter. Austin would finish the day with nine receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cowboys needed every one of them as they came back from a 14-0 deficit to win the game in overtime by a score of 27-24.
Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh should probably get some of the credit for the Cowboys win, as he refused to accept a 15-yard leverage penalty on a David Akers fourth quarter field goal, opting to take the three points and a 10-point lead, instead of taking the first down and maintaining possession of the ball with a seven point lead. But we wont let that take away from Austin’s incredible performance, which earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, September 18, 2011.