NFC East: Michael Burner

The Halftime Report: Cowboys 17, Falcons 7

October, 25, 2009
10/25/09
6:07
PM ET
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

ARLINGTON, Texas -- If you were wondering why Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still has good thoughts about his quarterback, I'll point you to the touchdown pass at the end of the first half. If Tony Romo gets sacked there, the Cowboys forfeit three points and the Falcons have a ton of momentum heading into the locker room.

Instead, Romo somehow escaped defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and Mike Peterson before lofting a 6-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Crayton. I'm not sure another quarterback in the league makes that play -- and so you see why the Cowboys have so much patience with Romo.

Here are a few more observations:
  • For some reason, the Cowboys are playing reserve nose tackle Junior Siavii a lot more than usual today. I think it's to keep starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff fresh. The Cowboys have had problems stopping teams late in games, and they're probably trying to make sure Ratliff's ready to go. But Siavii's done a really nice job pursuing the run. He came from behind to tackle Michael Burner on one counter play. Shocked everyone in the press box.
  • There are only three teams that haven't given up a touchdown in the third quarter this season. I'm looking at two of them. The Colts are the other team.
  • Terence Newman was beaten for a touchdown by Roddy White and he whiffed on a tackle early in the game. But he's come back strong with a couple plays in the second quarter. So far, the Falcons have gone after Newman more than second-year cornerback Mike Jenkins, which is odd.
  • Looks like the Cowboys pass-rush has returned to action. Ware's tormenting Falcons right tackle Tyson Clabo and defensive end Marcus Spears is also getting a lot of penetration.
  • This is the best I've seen Gerald Sensabaugh play this season. He's making some big hits and he's been in the right place on several short throws. Early in the second half, Ratliff's the guy setting the tone on defense. Falcons center Todd McClure has no clue what to do with him.

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