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.
Dallas entered the game at 3-4, had lost three of four and was coming off a home loss to the New York Giants last week.
But the Cowboys had the early upper hand against Atlanta, which began the night 7-0 and was the NFL's last unbeaten team.
The Falcons seemed to have few answers for outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and nose tackle Jay Ratiff, stalwarts of Dallas' defense who were pushing back Atlanta's offensive line and collapsing the pocket around Ryan.
Midway through the second quarter, Ware sacked Ryan for a 7-yard loss and caused a fumble, but Falcons receiver Roddy White kept the possession alive by fal...