Found November 05, 2012 on
It sounds like a broken record, but the Atlanta Falcons found a way to win on Sunday despite not playing their best football. Don't get me wrong, the Falcons weren't horrible but the offense had trouble executing on the Cowboys side of the 50 which resulted in six field goal attempts, two of which were no good. The Falcons had a lot of opportunities to score in this game and despite not taking advantage of all of them, they remain undefeated.
This game was an example of the Falcons doing just enough to win and making plays when they needed to in order to secure the victory. They got off to a slow start but overall the offense had a nice game. Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards with no turnovers, Julio and Roddy combined for 247 yards receiving, Michael Turner had over 100 yards rushing and Jacquizz faked a couple of Cowboys defenders out of their jock straps en route to 53 yards receiving and a couple of big plays down the stretch.
On defense, the pass rush wasn't there but the Falcons held the Cowboys to just 65 yards rushing and just 3 for 10 on 3rd down. Mike Nolan went exotic on more than one occasion as he used three defensive tackles to stop the run, ran Akeem Dent back into safety formation on multiple plays and pulled out a crazy Umbrella defense late in the game to take away the sideline routes from the Cowboys as they tried a last second comeback.
It wasn't a game where anybody really stuck out as being the star. Several players had "nice" games on offense like the previously mentioned Ryan, Jones, White, Turner and Jacquizz. On defense it was just a good solid effort by everybody. With Sean Weatherspoon out with an injury, Stephen Nicholas was all over the field and Akeem Dent improved a lot from his previous performance against Oakland. It's the type of game the Falcons have become used to winning this year. The Cowboys 3-5 record doesn't look good but they aren't a bad team and the Falcons came in and gave another workman like effort. Not everything in the playbook worked for the Falcons, but they did the right things at the right time and remain the only undefeated team in the NFL at 8-0.
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Falcons halfback Michael Turner rumbled his way to 102 yards rushing Sunday in a 19-13 win over the Cowboys.Fantasy Spin:Turner has had an up and down season but is still on pace to rush for over 1,000 yards. He's not one of the league's elite backs anymore but Turner is still a serviceable flex or RB2 option for fantasy owners.
ATLANTA (AP) -- 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...
What Went Right The defense once again was solid this week. Ware got pressure constantly and made sure to leave Matt Ryan’s face print onto the field before the game was over. Ratliff showed signs of him old self and until his injury, he was walling off the middle to Michael Turner and charging into the pocket consistently. McCray has shown that he may be a legitimate option...
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 on Turner...
The Atlanta Falcons improved to 8-0 on the season with a 19-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards while Michael Turner had a good night on the ground with 102 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw for 321 yards and a touchdown with WR Kevin Ogletre had three receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown...
The last remaining undefeated team in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons, is looking to complete a perfect first half as they take on the 3-4 Dallas Cowboys.
The Falcons have a large lead in the NFC South, while the Cowboys are attempting to climb back into NFC East race.
Matt Ryan is everyone’s MVP leader so far. Can he keep the magic going against the Cowboys on Sunday night?
Dallas nose tackle Jay Ratliff suffered an apparent left leg injury late in the first half of Sunday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Ratliff was attempting to put pressure on Falcons linebacker Matt Ryan when he pulled up, favoring his left leg, before falling to his knees.
The Cowboys called timeout to assist Ratliff on the field. He was able to walk off the field...
NFL midseason awards at halftime of the 2012 NFL season:
Most Valuable Player
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
“Matty Ice” has been as cool as they...
Its 11 am MST on a day after the Atlanta Falcons beat the disoriented Dallas Cowboys to go 8-0 for the first time in their franchise history, and the Falcons still aren’t getting any respect. And I’m not about to give them any respect either. At least not now. Just an “Atta Boy”!
I will acknowledge that Matt Ryan has finally elevated his game to that next level, and those...
Matt Ryan came up with two words to describe his performance Sunday night.
''Good enough,'' he said.
It's a familiar summary for the 2012 Atlanta Falcons, who just keep winning -- even when they make a couple OF mistakes.
Michael Turner had a tiebreaking 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Matt Bryant kicked four field goals and the Falcons beat the...
The unbeaten Atlanta Falcons got off to a sluggish start against the Dallas Cowboys before Matt Bryant's 46-yard field goal forced a 6-6 tie at halftime on Sunday night.
Beginning a drive at the 12-yard line with 1:03 left in the second quarter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed a 20-yard pass to Roddy White and a 22-yarder to Tony Gonzalez to set up the field goal.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Michael Turner finally found some room to run in the second half. It was just in time for the NFL's last unbeaten team.
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 protect their perfect record.
Turner had 20 carries for 102 yards...
The one thing about the NFL that I don’t like is there is no official midseason break as opposed to every other sport. Is it after Week 8 where the majority of teams have played seven games or is it after Week 9 when some teams have played 9 games? For our sake, we’ll be rolling out our midseason content both this week and next week. If you haven’t seen it already, check...