ARLINGTON, Texas It's obvious that if Jason Witten had a choice, he'd rather have the Cowboys reach the playoffs than accomplish an individual record.
But he wasn't given that option Sunday. The Cowboys had their playoff hopes removed from their control with a 34-31 loss to the New Orleans Saints in overtime. The game proved to be a milestone one for Witten, who set the NFL's record for receptions in a single season by a tight end.
Witten's two overtime grabs gave him 103 on the season, one more than Tony Gonzalez achieved in a record-setting 2004 season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
"This is something that's special, obviously," Witten said. "There have been a lot of good tight ends play for a long time and I have so much respect for the game. To be in this position and break that it's special, probably more so this year because of the way the season started for me."
Witten, a seven-time Pro Bowler, suffered a lacerated spleen du...