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    Falcons 19, Cowboys 13

    Falcons hold on to beat Cowboys, stay undefeated

    Falcons running back Michael Turner had 20 carries for 102 yards.
    Chuck Burton/Associated Press
    Falcons running back Michael Turner had 20 carries for 102 yards.

    ATLANTA — Michael Turner had a tiebreaking 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Matt Bryant kicked four field goals, and the Atlanta Falcons beat the Dallas Cowboys, 19-13, on Sunday night to extend their run as the NFL’s only unbeaten team.

    Turner had 20 carries for 102 yards and Matt Ryan had a season-high 342 yards passing for the Falcons (8-0), who took their first lead with 14:16 left in the game.

    Tony Romo completed 6 of 6 passes for 78 yards, including a 21-yard scoring pass to Kevin Ogletree, on the Cowboys’ touchdown drive later in the fourth.


    The Falcons then worked the clock, holding the ball for 5:04, leaving only 17 seconds left after Bryant’s 32-yard field goal.

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    The Cowboys burned all their timeouts as Ryan kept the Falcons’ offense on the field in the crucial time-consuming drive. Ryan passed to Jacquizz Rodgers for 31 yards and 11 yards on third-down plays. A defensive holding call against cornerback Orlando Scandrick on another third down prolonged the drive.

    Finally, the Cowboys stopped Turner on a third-down run at the Dallas 14.

    Romo had only 17 seconds to cover 80 yards. He found Jason Witten for passes of 7 and 11 yards, leaving nine seconds. He passed to Felix Jones for 8 yards, leaving time for one play from the Cowboys’ 40.

    Romo scrambled before passing to Jones, who was dropped near the Atlanta 22 to end the game.


    Romo completed 25 of 35 passes for 321 yards and one touchdown.

    Ryan was 24 for 34. Roddy White had seven catches for 118 yards and passed Terance Mathis for the most receptions in Falcons history. White, in his eighth season, now has 577 catches; Mathis had 573.

    There also is a new Dallas leader for career receptions. With seven catches for 51 yards, Witten has 754 for his career, passing Michael Irvin’s record of 750.

    Miles Austin led the Cowboys with seven catches for 76 yards. Dallas (3-5) has lost four of its last five.

    For three quarters, it was a kicking contest — and a pretty shaky one, too.


    Bryant kicked field goals of 45 and 46 yards in the second quarter for Atlanta’s only points before Turner’s touchdown. Bryant also missed from 43 and 37 yards, wide right each time.

    Dan Bailey’s field goals from 23 and 32 yards were the Cowboys’ only points in the first half. He missed from 54 yards.

    Ryan was sacked three times and faced constant pressure from the Dallas defense. DeMarcus Ware had 1½ sacks.

    Ryan’s 48-yard pass to Julio Jones set up Bryant’s 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to 16-6.