Cowboys couldn't recover from 10-0 deficit

September, 16, 2012
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SEATTLE -- When you look back on the Cowboys' 27-7 loss Sunday to Seattle, note how two early mistakes cost the visitors.

Felix Jones fumbled the opening kickoff, leading to a 21-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka. Then, a blocked punt was recovered by Jeron Johnson, pushing the Seattle lead to 10-0. On the play, it appeared Dan Connor couldn't sustain a block by Malcolm Smith, who penetrated to block Chris Jones' attempt.

"I felt like we were emotionally ready to play in the ballgame," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "I thought we did a good job of battling back from some of the adversity that happened early in the ballgame. We gave them opportunities and we fought back, but as the game wore on they did more things to win the game than we did in all three phases than we did."

The Cowboys cut the deficit to 10-7 when Tony Romo connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin. Dallas punted on its next two possession to complete the first half and had just five first downs in the second.

"This is a disappointment to us and an example to us about how to play at home," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said. "I just thought we could, even though we started behind the eight ball, I thought we could come back and not only make this a game, but come out positive. But they had a lot to say about that. Their coaching and their preparation had a lot to say about what’s ended up right here. We’ll just learn from this, and we all know we're just starting."

Added Romo: "Obviously, we did not get off to the start that we wanted to."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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