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Glass half empty for Cowboys' defense

Solid effort after halftime doesn't erase early-game struggles and previous shaky play

Updated: December 25, 2011, 12:55 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Chalk up the first stage of Rob Ryan's two-part revenge tour as a failure.

Sure, this wasn't nearly as big a disaster as when the Philadelphia Eagles marched up and down the field at will against the Dallas Cowboys in an October blowout.

The second half saved the Dallas defense from another epic embarrassment in a 20-7 loss on Christmas Eve against one of their main NFC East rivals.

Of course, the folks wearing blue-and-silver shades would prefer to ...

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