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The San Diego Chargers run a 3-4 defense. Tony Romo’s record against the 3-4 is 10-14. He has an 88.6 passer rating against the 3-4 and averages 2.2 sacks per game.

Tony Romo and Danny White are tied for having led the Cowboys to most 2-1 starts at four apiece.

Tony Romo is 7-3 when wearing the blue road jerseys, and one of his fifth-best passer ratings came while wearing said uniform against the Philadelphia Eagles on 11/4/07 when Romo went 20/25 for 324 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception for a 141.7 passer rating.

Last week, quarterback Tony Romo only attempted 24 passes. The Dallas Cowboys are 3-0 when Romo attempts only 24 passes and 21-4 when Romo attempts less than 30 passes.

Tony Romo has not thrown for over 300 yards since Week 16 2012. Currently, he is at 4 games without a 300-yard performance. His longest slump was 7 games from Week 6 to Week 12 of the 2011 season. The Cowboys went 5-2 in that span.

Sunday will be Tony Romo’s first time to start as quarterback in Qualcomm Stadium. The only stadiums remaining that Romo has not played in are LP Field (Tennessee), EverBank Field (Jacksonville), Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis), Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis) and O.co Coliseum (Oakland). Dallas will visit Edward Jones Dome, LP Field and EverBank Field next season, but Romo must play the entire 2018 season to have played in O.co Coliseum and Lucas Oil Stadium.

When starting in a venue for the first time, Tony Romo is 18-9.

Against AFC teams on the road, Tony Romo is 6-6.

Aug 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talk after the game at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Cowboys 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo and Philip Rivers both have games of completing 80% or more of their passes. Rivers is 3-1 while Romo is 4-0.

Tony Romo has 40 games of 300+ yards. Philip Rivers only has 30, including playoffs.



Philip Rivers is 9-5 against the Tampa 2, the Cowboys’ current defensive scheme, and has an 88.5. Rivers averages 1.7 sacks per game.

In rematches with NFC teams, Philip Rivers is 7-9. The Rams, Seahawks, Bears, Lions, and Buccaneers are teams that lost the initial encounter but beat the Rivers’ Chargers in the rematch.

Philip Rivers is one of five North Carolina St. quarterbacks taken in the NFL Draft. The others are Mike Glennon (’13 Buccaneers), Dave Buckey (’76 Jets), Roman Gabriel (’62 Rams), and Eddie West (’56 Browns).

Philip Rivers and Roman Gabriel are not only two of North Carolina St.’s quarterbacks taken in the first round, but also the only North Carolina St. quarterbacks to have played in a playoff game.

In the history of the NFL Draft, there have been fifteen first round picks taken from North Carolina St. One of them was runningback Charley Young, selected by the Dallas Cowboys in 1974.

Philip Rivers is 5-19 when he throws the ball 40 or more times in a game. Comparatively, he is 38-9 when he throws the ball between 20-30 times a game.

Last week at Tennessee, Philip Rivers went 20/24 for 184 yards and 1 TD. Rivers is 38-9 when he throws between 20-30 times a game, 19-13 when throwing less than 200 yards in his starts, and 11-6 when throwing for only one touchdown and no interceptions.

Also last week at Tennessee, Philip Rivers has his second-highest completion percentage of his career at 83.3%. His career high is 90.0%, which he set on 11/1/12 against Kansas City when he went 18/20 for 220 yards, 2 TD’s, and 1 INT.

After coming off of games where Philip Rivers has completed 80% of his passes, Philip Rivers is 1-2 with a quarterback rating of 101.7.

The most interceptions Philip Rivers has thrown in a game is 4, which he has never done against in his career.

The lowest quarterback rating Philip Rivers has posted his career was a 12.4 rating on 12/17/06 against the Kansas City Chiefs in a 20-9 victory. Kansas City committed two turnovers and LaDainian Tomlinson had 199 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.

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