“Eight up. Eight down.
The Falcons flexed their muscles against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night to remain the only undefeated team in the NFL.
On a day when the pass protection was spotty, the defense was leaky and the field goal kicker was not automatic, the Falcons hung on to pull out a 19-13 victory before 70,840 fans at a rowdy Georgia Dome.
“I thought our guys had a really hard fought football game against a very good football team,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “It was an electric atmosphere for the entire 60 minutes. I like the way our team played tonight in all three phases.”
A national television audience saw a good evening’s work from quarterback Matt Ryan (342 passing yards with no interceptions), wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, who had 247 yards in receptions between them, and running backs Michael Turner (102 rushing yards) and Jacquizz Rodgers.
The Falcons trailed early 6-0, but like they have so many times in the five years under Smith, they showed their resiliency with the game in the balance.
With the win, the Falcons took a four-game lead over Tampa Bay (4-4) in the NFC South as they head into the second half of the season. The Saints (2-5), who play on “Monday Night Football,” are 5 1/2 games back and the Panthers (2-6) are six games back.”Share on Facebook