ARLINGTON, Texas -- With a 5-yard catch in overtime against New Orleans, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten set an NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end.
Tony Gonzalez had 102 catches in 2004 for Kansas City. Witten has 103 catches on the year for 983 yards.
The Cowboys lost, 34-31, in overtime to the Saints, mitigating Witten's sense of accomplishment.
"It's hard to enjoy that," Witten said. "Ten years playing obviously the goal is to get in position to try to compete for a championship, but it's probably a little more sweet this year than any of the records just because of the way the season started for me and to feel like the bar gets raised higher and higher every year. To kind of answer that bell, it's special. And nobody lost confidence in me and I didn't lose confidence in myself. I'm sure it's something I'll look back on and say, 'Boy, I'm glad I took that approach and it paid off for me.' It means a lot because there's been so many great tight ends over the years that I've got respect for."
Witten's season started slowly after suffering a lacerated spleen during training camp. In the first three games he dropped five passes as he attempted to play through the injury.
Earlier in the season he broke Michael Irvin's franchise for catches in a career in a loss at Atlanta. He needs nine catches in the season finale at Washington to break Irvin's single-season team record of 111 catches set in 1995.