Defense can't get it done in the clutch

November, 5, 2012
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ATLANTA -- It took a former first-round pick, cornerback Mike Jenkins, to sum up what the Dallas Cowboys' defense and maybe the team is about after a 19-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night.

"It's frustrating to get that close to taste it," Jenkins said. "It's just like we didn't want it bad enough. We wanted it, but we didn't want it bad enough. We got to find a way to finish as a core. I don't know what it is, what we got to do, but we need to find that in each other. We all need to look in the mirror and question each other before we can question anybody else. We're too good as a team to be losing like that."

The bottom line is the defense didn't make enough plays to win. When the game was on the line, cornerback Orlando Scandrick failed.

Maybe defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, too.

How do you think the defense played? Click here to read the rest of this column about where they came up short in the clutch.
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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