After passing Troy Aikman, the player he looked up to as a boy growing up in Dallas, earlier this season, Stafford threw past his Cowboys quarterbacking contemporary on Saturday. With an 11-yard pass to TJ Jones in the third quarter, Stafford surpassed Tony Romo and moved into 31st place in career passing yards.
Stafford needed 197 yards to pass Romo entering Saturday's game with the Chicago Bears. He got that yardage, and then some, with 3:52 left in the third quarter.
Romo, who finished with 34,183 yards in his career, retired earlier this year and became a broadcaster.
Stafford entered the day with 33,986 yards. In the first quarter, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 34,000 yards before the age of 30. Stafford completed 25 of 33 passes for 237 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 20-10 win over Chicago. He now has 34,223 passing yards in his career. He also completed better than 75 percent of his passes for the third straight game.
With two touchdown passes on Sunday, Stafford also tied Matt Hasselbeck and Terry Bradshaw for No. 33 all time in that category with 212.