Michael Turner helps Falcons stay unbeaten with 19-13 win over Cowboys

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“I think any time you’re in that situation you obviously want to get the ball back with a chance, and it’s tough,” Romo said. “That’s why they’re a good football team. They’re tough to beat at home. They proved it when they were able to run the clock out at the end.”

Ryan was 24 for 34. Roddy White had seven catches for 118 yards and passed Terance Mathis for the most receptions in Falcons history. Julio Jones had five catches for 129 yards.

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.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he was “extremely, extremely” disappointed.

“We certainly didn’t plan to end up here at 3-5 halfway through the season,” Jones said. “We’ve got some tough ballgames. We’ve got half our season left.”

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 score. Bryant also missed from 43 and 37 yards, wide right each time.

“Tonight was not a very good day as far as overall body of work,” said Bryant, who made 27 of 29 attempts in 2011 and was 16 for 17 this season before Sunday night’s game. “It was just one of those days where you have to have a short memory and get ready for the next game.”

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.

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

NOTES: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conducted a fan forum for Falcons season-ticket holders before the game. Goodell attended the Steelers-Giants game in East Rutherford, N.J., earlier Sunday. … Mathis, who began his career with the Jets, had 573 catches with the Falcons from 1994-2002. White now has 577. … Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware had 1½ sacks and a forced fumble. … Dallas DT Jay Ratliff suffered an apparent left leg injury late in the first half but returned in the second half. … Falcons DT Peria Jerry left in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return. … Playing behind Felix Jones, Lance Dunbar had eight carries for 26 yards, including an 18-yard run.

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