Little things hurt Cowboys on third downs

ATLANTA -- It seems like every week Tony Romo mentions the “little things,” as something the Cowboys must do better in order to win games.

Those little things added up to big things in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta, especially on third down.

The Cowboys were a season-worst 3-of-10 on third down against the Falcons after converting on 21 of 43 third down chances in the previous three games. Kevin Ogletree dropped a third-down pass in the second quarter. Phillip Tanner missed an opening on a third-and-1 run in the second quarter. Miles Austin had a third-down drop in the third quarter.

Unable to keep drives going, the Cowboys ran a season-low 54 plays.

“Football comes down to a handful of plays at the most,” Romo said. “So many teams are even so when you line up on the field it comes down to the little things a lot of times. That’s why every play is important. That’s why every play matters.”