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The Stars’ Five Corners: Five Plays That Cost The Dallas Cowboys

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The Stars' Five Corners

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The Dallas Cowboys walked into the Georgia Dome as underdogs to face the undefeated Atlanta Falcons, and they looked and played like underdogs, again.

It wasn’t a pretty game; actually it was kind of boring unless you like defensive football with a lot of field goal attempts.

At the end of the day, the Falcons proved why they’re 8-0 and the Cowboys proved why they’re 3-5. The Cowboys had multiple chances to put an end to the Falcons’ undefeated season, but failed to do so.

The loss can be attributed to the offense’s inability to score in the red-zone and the defense’s inability to get off the field on third down. The Falcons are one of the best in third down conversion so the latter shouldn’t be misconstrued as the defense got run over, or anything like that. That’s not what I’m trying to imply.

The Falcons did all they could to keep the Cowboys in the game, but the Cowboys never capitalized on the opportunity.

As has been customary with Cowboys’ receivers this season, the third down drops continued, and Sundays’ game was no different. On at least two different occasions, the receivers dropped routine passes, which would have kept the drive alive.

Does anyone know if Dez Bryant made the trip to Atlanta with the team? Last I heard, he’d been out partying and all that jazz.

The Cowboys’ running backs didn’t help out either. I don’t know the reason why, but Phillip Tanner saw very limited action as the team favored the pair of Felix Jones and Lance Dunbar.

Overshadowed by the team’s lackluster performance was Jason Witten’s record-setting day. He became the Cowboys’ all-time receptions leader by surpassing Michael Irvin’s previous record of 750 career catches.

Don’t look now, but with yet another disappointing loss on his record and the word that New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton could be available at the end of the season, Jason Garrett’s job could be in jeopardy.

Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones has been patient, and although my brain thinks he will stick with Garrett; my gut thinks he’s salivating at the thought of bringing in a Super Bowl winning coach to try and get Dallas back to its winning ways.

Here, are five plays, which could have changed the outcome of the game in this weeks' “The Star’s Five Corners.”

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Tony Romo

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Tony Romo misses Cole Beasley in the back of the end zone

Romo took the snap looked right, and then left as the pocket began to collapse. He darted to his left and signaled for Beasley. Romo launched the ball, which sailed over everyone’s head and the Cowboys had to settle for a field goal.

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Kevin Ogletree

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Kevin Ogletree drops third down pass

On a third-and-seven, Romo drops back and looks for Ogletree near the left sideline. Ogletree drops the ball, which would have kept Dallas’ drive alive inside of Atlanta territory.

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Dan Bailey

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Dan Bailey missed field goal attempt

Following the Ogletree drop, Dallas had to settle for a field goal attempt from the Falcons’ 36-yard line, and Bailey’s kick sailed wide-left. It would have made the score Dallas 9 Atlanta 3.

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Phillip Tanner


Phillip Tanner can’t convert on third-and-one

The Cowboys were driving once again late in the second half and once again were unable to convert on third down. Dallas set up in its jumbo package during which they bring in backup tackle Jeremy Parnell as an extra blocker, but were stuffed by Atlanta’s defense. Lawrence Vickers was blown up as he tried to block and was pushed back into Tanner who failed to convert the third-and-one play.

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Orlando Scandrick

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Orlando Scandrick’s missed tackle

The Cowboys offense found their groove by going no-huddle, and got the game to within three points. It was up to the defense to make a stop and get the ball back to the offense.

The defense got the Falcons into a third-and-five situation only to have Scandrick miss his tackle and let Jacquizz Rodgers scamper down the field for an 11-yard gain.

The Falcons then ran the clock down and kicked a field goal effectively putting the game out of reach.

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for Follow Jesus Flores on Twitter @SSgtFlo1