Cowboys hope to draw on history Sunday

November, 1, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will play the only undefeated team left in the NFL on Sunday. They will play in a dome on Sunday. They will pay against an NFC South team.

What is this 2009 again?

The Cowboys hope so.

In 2009, the Cowboys beat 13-0 New Orleans inside the Superdome, 24-17.

"Going down to New Orleans I think will have a similar type feel in that you know you're going against a great opponent that does a lot of things well and creates a lot of problems,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “You can draw on the fact of what you did as a team and individually to beat that opponent that day. What were some of the things that you were successful with, whether that was your approach, whether it was a certain fundamental thought that gave you a chance to do something … I don't want to give away too much, but that allowed you have a chance to be a little better."

A fast start is a must.

“I can remember playing against New Orleans down there I think when they were undefeated and I think we scored pretty early in that game and that helped out a lot so …,” Romo said.

The Cowboys scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the game for a 14-0 lead with 5:15 left in the opening quarter. Romo hit Miles Austin for a 49-yard score to open the game and Marion Barber followed it with a 3-yard TD run as the Cowboys went on their way to a 24-17 win against the Saints.

That win propelled the Cowboys to the playoffs. At 3-4, the Cowboys could use a similar boost with a win Sunday at Atlanta.

“I just think we know we have to go up there and play our best game,” Romo said, “and do the little things right that give you a chance to win football games.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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