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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Third-and-long defense hurts Cowboys

By Todd Archer

BALTIMORE – The Cowboys’ defense had only seven true possessions Sunday and Baltimore was able to put up points on four of them on drives of 60, 80, 80 and 73 yards.

What galled linebacker Sean Lee most was the Cowboys’ work on third down. The Ravens converted on third down 60 percent of the time (6 of 10). Two third-and-long situations stuck with Lee most.

Ray Rice picked up 43 yards on a dump pass on third-and-7 that preceded his 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Anquan Boldin picked up 20 yards on third-and-14 that helped lead to Torrey Smith's 19-yard TD grab.

“That’s stuff we normally don’t do,” Lee said, “and they were able to continue drives on us. We just have to find a way to get off the field on third-and-long. We can’t allow them to extend drives and make big plays.”