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Cowboys fall to Falcons, 19-13

After a heart-breaking home loss to the Giants pushed them below .500, Dallas has to play the NFL's only remaining undefeated team in a nationally televised road game.

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Atlanta's Rodgers hurts Cowboys in 4th quarter

Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick could not find a way to bottle up Atlanta's Jacquizz Rodgers on a key third down play in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss.


Cowboys vs. Falcons: Talent not turning into wins

The Dallas Cowboys are entering a soft spot in their schedule, but it won't matter if they can't turn their talent into wins.


Ogletree comes alive on Sunday night

Kevin Ogletree had his second-best game of the season on Sunday night in Dallas' loss to the Falcons.


NFL injuries: Jay Ratliff suffers ankle injury

There wasn't much in the way of new names being added to the injury list for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, even as they fell 19-13 to the Atlanta Falcons.

The biggest story for the team on the injury front was Jay Ratliff suffering a left ankle injury, one that left him limping for the rest of the game even as he made appearances in pass defense until the game ended. Ratliff suffered a similar, serious ankle injury in preseason that forced him to miss the first four games of the season.

Another big story was Dez Bryant playing in the game after quite a bit of speculation on whether he would or would not see the field after suffering a hip injury.

The inactive list for the Cowboys prior to their loss included some big members of the rushing attack, including center Phil Costa and starting running back DeMarco Murray.


Cowboys vs. Falcons: Small mistakes add up

Penalties, questionable play-calling and missed opportunities on both sides of the ball continued to cost Dallas on Sunday night, as they lost another close game that could have easily gone the other way.


Witten breaks Cowboys career receptions record

The Cowboys tight end broke the franchise record for career receptions, an event marred by the team's loss to Atlanta on Sunday night.


Cowboys fall to 3-5, lose to Falcons, 19-13

Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys fell to 3-5 on the season on Sunday night, after losing to the Atlanta Falcons, 19-13.


Falcons and Cowboys tied, 6-6, after 3 quarters

The Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons remain tied, 6-6, after a third quarter that saw the Falcons gain momentum on the Cowboys.

The Cowboys offense found a bit of life in the third quarter but continued to come up short once inside Falcons territory. Atlanta, held mostly in check for most of the game, started to move the ball in the third quarter as the Falcons have now outgained the Cowboys by a substantial, 320- to 233-yard margin.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is 14-of-23 for 174 yards and no touchdowns as the Cowboys offense has been forced to play underneath for most of the game. The Cowboys running game seemed to pick up a bit in the third quarter, although each Cowboys drive would stall outside field goal range.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan started to find some space against the Cowboys defense, and is 17-of-24 for 237 yards in the game. Running back Michael Turner had 67 yards on 12 carries and no touchdowns, with most of that coming on a 43-yard scamper near the end of the third quarter.


Dallas and Atlanta tied, 6-6, at the half

Dallas and Atlanta are tied, 6-6, at halftime with the Cowboys giving up an early 6-0 lead as time expired in the half.

The Dallas Cowboys led, 6-0, after the first quarter thanks to a pair of big plays on special teams and offense. After an opening-drive three-and-out by the Falcons offense, Cowboys receiver Dwayne Harris returned the ensuing punt 37 yards to deep within Atlanta territory. The Cowboys would fail to capitalize, however, settling for a Dan Bailey field goal.

Another Bailey field goal followed a 65-yard completion from Tony Romo to Kevin Ogletree, with the Falcons finally getting on the scoreboard after a Matt Bryant field goal early in the second quarter. Bailey would miss from 54 yards on the Cowboys next possession.

The Cowboys offense would move the ball once more late in the quarter but stall at midfield, with Atlanta marching down the field to connect on a 47-yard field goal as time expired in the quarter.

Through two quarters Tony Romo is 10-of-17 for 153 yards and not touchdowns, as the Cowboys running game struggled one again. Dallas has just 29 yards on 12 carries, with Felix Jones and Lance Dunbar splitting duties in the backfield.


Dallas leading 6-0 after 1st quarter

Thanks to a few big plays on offense and special teams, the Dallas Cowboys have built a 6-0 lead over the Atlanta Falcons through one quarter on Sunday night.

The Cowboys defense has stood tall against the stout Falcons offensive attack, forcing a three-and-out on the game's first possession that led to a 37-yard punt return by Dwayne Harris. The Cowboys were able to move the ball to get within striking distance of the end zone but had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Dan Bailey.

The Falcons would move the ball easily on the next drive but stalled inside Cowboys territory, with the usually reliable Matt Bryant missing wide from 37 yards out. Tony Romo and the Cowboys would take advantage on the next drive, with the Cowboys quarterback connecting with Kevin Ogletree on a 65-yard bomb on third down. The Cowboys would fail to convert in the red zone once more, however, with Bailey's 32-yard field goal giving the Cowboys a 6-0 lead late in the quarter.

Romo is 4-of-9 for 88 yards an no touchdowns and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is 5-of-8 for 91 yards, as the Cowboys and Falcons both gained 96 yards of offense in the first 15 minutes.


Cowboys, Falcons release inactive lists

The Dallas Cowboys will face an Atlanta Falcons defense without linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on Sunday night.


Dez Bryant expected to play Sunday night

Dez Bryant is expected to play Sunday night, when the Dallas Cowboys take on the undefeated Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football.


Dez Bryant a game-time decision with hip injury

The status of WR Dez Bryant's hip is giving the Cowboys fits. As it stands now, Bryant is a game-time decision for Sunday night's game against the Falcons.


NFL Week 9 picks

JP Starkey returns and makes his pick for each and every game in Week 9, including Dallas' showdown against the Atlanta Falcons.


Cowboys vs. Falcons preview

The Cowboys will try to hand the Falcons their first loss of the season.


Fantasy: Romo, Witten, Bryant are must-starts

Fantasy football leagues enter the stretch run starting in Week 9, and members of the Cowboys could help your team move closer toward a playoff berth.


Dez Bryant curfew extended by Cowboys

Dez Bryant has had his curfew extended by the Cowboys to celebrate his birthday.


Rob Ryan predicting Cowboys to defeat Falcons

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is confident in saying that his team will defeat the Falcons on Sunday.


Cowboys injury report: Dez Bryant questionable

Dallas Cowboys receivers Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree are both listed as questionable this week, with Bryant having not practiced this week leading up to Sunday's showdown against the Atlanta Falcons.

Bryant suffered an injured hip in the final seconds of the Cowboys' 29-24 loss to the New York Giants, when the receiver leaped for what appeared to be the winning touchdown reception. The Cowboys receiver, who did participate in the team's walkthrough on Sunday, said that he's expecting to play on Sunday in Atlanta.

The Cowboys third receiver is also listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. Ogletree, who enjoyed a breakout game in Week 1 against the Giants, has just four catches for 27 yards the past three games. Ogletree is also expected to play.

Linebacker Dan Connor (neck), running back DeMarco Murray (foot), defensive lineman Sean Lissemore (ankle) and center Phil Costa (ankle) have been ruled out for the game. Defensive end Jason Hatcher (shin) and running back Felix Jones (knee) are probable.


Cowboys vs. Falcons: Dan Connor out, Ernie Sims st

The Cowboys will be without starting linebacker Dan Connor against the Falcons, turning to journeyman veteran Ernie Sims to start.


Cowboys vs. Falcons: Keys to the game

Dallas travels to Atlanta to play the NFL's sole remaining undefeated team. If they're going to have a chance, they'll need to avoid the silly mistakes that have plagued them this season.


Experts going with Falcons over Cowboys

Atlanta is only a 3-point favorite over Dallas Sunday night, but most of the NFL experts around the Web are picking the Falcons.


Tyron Smith battles family over money issues

A police report obtained by the Dallas Morning News says Tyron Smith called 911 after being "harassed and tormented."


Cowboys VP says Felix Jones not healthy

Cowboys running back Felix Jones is battling a lingering left knee injury, and now he's dealing with a banged up shoulder.


Is it time to release Felix Jones?

Felix Jones isn't giving the Cowboys much these days. Perhaps a release would serve the team well.


Oddsmakers expect close Dallas-Atlanta game

The Dallas Cowboys are underdogs against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons, but with a three-point spread, oddsmakers are expecting a close battle on Sunday night.


Dez Bryant denies plea deal in assault case

The Dallas Cowboys receiver denies that a plea deal has been reached regarding the family violence case.


Dez Bryant, Dan Connor miss Wednesday's practice

The Dallas Cowboys had eight players not in practice on Wednesday as the team prepares for a crucial matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.


Matt Ryan is becoming an elite QB

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is becoming one of the best signal callers in the NFL.


Falcons sole remaining undefeated team

Matt Ryan is on pace to break career highs in every major passing category after a strong start to 2012.

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