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Cowboys Can’t Close Deal, Atlanta Remains Spotless

Atlanta Falcons DE John Abraham sacks Raiders QB Carson Palmer.

Call it luck or whatever you want but eight games into the season the Atlanta Falcons are still perfect at 8-0 after dispatching the Dallas Cowboys 19-13 Sunday night at the Georgia Dome.

There is no doubt Atlanta dodged a bullet or two. Matt Bryant’s two missed field goals and Matt Ryan’s fumble did not turn into post-game regrets.

Bryant missed an opportunity to answer a 23 yard field goal from Dan Bailey on the Cowboys first offensive series. Dwayne Harris returned a punt from Atlanta’s Matt Bosher 37 yards to the Falcons 32. Tony Romo moved the offense as far as the five yard line before taking a shot at the endzone. Romo’s pass to Cole Beasley sailed out of the back of the endzone. “There style of defense down there is to not allow you to throw the ball over them,” said Dallas Head Coach Jason Garrett. “You have to run the ball effectively. You have to throw the ball underneath against this team. We tried a couple of those things, they didn’t work out for us and we settled for fieldgoals”.

Oddly enough, the one touchdown the Cowboys were able to put on the board came as a result of a Tony Romo pass to Kevin Ogletree in the back of the endzone.

After Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan went out on a limb earlier in the week by guaranteeing a Cowboys win, the onus was on the defense to lead the charge. It was clear from the coin toss the defense wanted to get to Ryan. “He is the engine that makes the whole thing go,” said Garrett. “So you want to try and affect him in different ways. I thought we did that and different times. I think he did a good job continuing to move the ball throughout the ball game though.” Ryan was sacked 3 times, hurried 6 more times, and knocked down several more times and still finished with 342 yards on 24 of 34 passing.

Arguably Ryan’s biggest pass of the game as an 11 yarder to Jacquizz Rodgers on 3 and 5 to keep the Falcons last drive alive and the clock ticking towards zeroes. The play also helped set up Bryant’s final field goal and a six point spread. The extra 3 forced the Cowboys to go for a touchdown with just 17 seconds remaining on the game clock.

Romo dodged a few bullets of his own to finish the game without a single interceptions and 321 yards on a highly efficient 25 of 35 day. His string of interceptions was broken thanks to a penalty and a drop. Asante Samuel got his hands on a Romo pass at the goal line intended for Dez Bryant but the 10 year vet couldn’t hang on. A defensive holding call on Dunta Robinson nullified Thomas DeCoud’s fifth interception.

Notables

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten surpassed Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin on the team’s all time reception list.






Atlanta Falcons-19 vs Dallas Cowboys-13
SLIDESHOW




  • Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett leads the team onto the field at the Georgia Dome.

  • Fans have New York on their mind.

  • Cowboys return man Dwayne Harris runs by Atlanta punter matt Bosher for a 32 yard return.

  • Atlanta Falcons LB Mike Peterson makes a touchdown saving tackle on Cowboys return man Dwayne Harris.

  • Tony Romo escapes the pressure only to overthrow Cole Beasley in the endzone.

  • Falcons kicker Matt Bryant pushes a 37 yarder wide right.

  • Jason Witten is taken down after the catch.

  • Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers absorbs the hit and keeps running.

  • Roddy White turns up field for yards after the catch.

  • Cowboys RB Felix Jones runs to a space off tackle where Falcons CB Dunta Robinson waits.

  • Falcons DB Asante Samuel gets his hands on a Romo pass intended for Dez Bryant but can't hold on.

  • Demarcus Ware sacks Falcons QB Matt Ryan forcing a fumble. Atlanta recovered the loose ball.

  • Demarcus Ware sacks Falcons QB Matt Ryan forcing a fumble. Atlanta recovered the loose ball.

  • Tony Romo zips a pass intended for Cole Beasley.

  • Falcons safety William Moore launches Cowboys WR Cole Beasley in the air.

  • Falcons safety William Moore launches Cowboys WR Cole Beasley in the air as help arrives.

  • Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez elevates to catch Ryan's pass in a soft spot of the zone.

  • Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez elevates to catch Ryan's pass in a soft spot of the zone.

  • Thomas DeCoud makes the tackle on Felix Jones.

  • Cowboys DT Jason Hatcher pressures Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

  • Falcons WR Roddy White gets free for a reception.

  • Cowboys defenders DeMarcus Ware and Josh Brent twist down Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

  • Cowboys QB Tony Romo calls out the audible Wild West style.

  • Falcons defenders combine to tackle Jason Witten.

  • Falcons LB Stephen Nicholas delivers a solid hit to Cowboys FB Lawrence Vickers.

  • Falcons RB Michael Turner runs through the hit from Gerald Sensabaugh for Atlanta's only touchdown of the game.

  • Julio Jones turns and runs for yards after the catch.

  • Jacquizz Rodgers eludes the tackle of CB Brandon Carr.

  • Falcons Matt Bosher pursues Lance Dunbar on the return.

  • Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree slides to his knees to catch the pass from Romo for a touchdown

  • Orlando Scandrick delivers the hit just as Tony Gonzalez catches the pass from Ryan.

  • Mike Jenkins knocks away the pass intended for Roddy White as Rob Ryan looks on from the sideline.

  • Falcons WR Roddy White petitions for a flag against Orlando Scandrick.

  • Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith greets Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett at midfield following the game.




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