Cowboys' D avoids collapse this time

Rob Ryan's unit steps up when injuries hit on offense, leads rally over 49ers

Updated: September 19, 2011, 10:29 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- So did you think of last year when Tony Romo was in the locker room during the third quarter Sunday waiting for the pain-killing medicine to take effect on his fractured rib?

The oddest part of the Dallas Cowboys' 6-10 finish last year was how the defense collapsed after Romo suffered a broken collarbone against the New York Giants. They allowed 41 points that night and sunk to depths a Dallas defense had never sunk to before by the end of the year.

And here they ...

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