Turner Stars as Falcons Stay Unbeaten with Triumph Over Cowboys
Michael Turner ran for 102 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown and wide receiver Roddy White had a career night as the Atlanta Falcons remained flawless with a 19-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at Georgia Dome.
Turner's touchdown run and Matt Bryant's four field goals from 32, 36, 42 and 45 yards were enough to power the Falcons to an 8-0 record and remain as the only undefeated team.
White finished with 118 yards on seven catches to pad his career tally to 574 yards, moving him past Terance Mathis for first place on the Falcons all-time receiving charts.
"It means a lot, just speaks to how consistent I've been in the last five years," White said. "I got off to a rough start. To come this far speaks volumes about how I come to work every day, prepare myself and get ready to play football games."
The Falcons receiving corps also got an impressive performance from Julio Jones, who tallied 129 yards on five receptions.
The total output of White and Jones accounted for 72 percent of quarterback Matt Ryan's passing yards. Ryan completed 24 of 34 passes for 342 yards with no touchdown and interception but successfully led the Falcons to three scoring drive in the fourth quarters.
"We have some unbelievable players on our football team, but specifically our wide receivers and tight ends," Ryan said. "We've got some playmakers and I'm lucky to have them around me."
Tony Romo finished 25-for-35 with 321 yards and a touchdown but it was not enough to stop the Cowboys (3-5) from suffering their fourth loss in five outings.
The Cowboys opened the game with Dan Bailey's two field goals from 23 and 32 yards to grab a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Falcons, however, got going in the second quarter with Bryant booting two field goals to tie the game at the break.
Atlanta started the fourth with Turner's touchdown run after a six-play, 81-yard drive spearheaded by Ryan before Bryant added a field goal for a 16-6 lead.
Romo retaliated with a six-play, 78-yard attack capped by 21-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Ogletree to cut the deficit to three with 5:21 left in the game.
However, the Falcons used more than five minutes in their 12-play, 66-yard drive that ended with Bryant's fourth field goal.
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