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October 15, 2012

Hatcher says Cowboys are "going to break through" despite gut-wrenching loss to Ravens

Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said Cowboys’ players remain positive despite dropping Sunday’s 31-29 decision to Baltimore on a day when Dallas dominated the statistics and rushed for more yards (227) than any opponent in Ravens’ history. The Cowboys fell to 2-3 with the setback, giving them losses in three of their last four games.

“It’s always tough to lose a hard-fought game like we played,” Hatcher said. “But there was a lot of good stuff that we did along with the bad stuff. I think, at the end of the day, we’re going to be a pretty good football team … We’re going to break through. I believe that in my heart and I know it’s going to happen. When it happens, it’s going to be a pretty thing.”

Hatcher offered no timetable for the impending breakthrough but said he remains convinced the Cowboys have “the right guys” in the locker room to make it happen. He also predicted there would be no mental residue from losing a game in which Dallas outgained Balitmore in total yards (481-316), controlled the ball for 40:03 and still lost in part because of time management issues at the end of the game.

“It’s the NFL. Games like that happen across the league every Sunday,” Hatcher said. “Guys beat the crap out of guys and they don’t end up getting the glory. It was a tough loss. It hurt. But we’ve got to let it go and keep moving forward.”

_ Jimmy Burch

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