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November 01, 2012

Romo sees similarities between Sunday's game against undefeated Atlanta and '09 win over undefeated Saints

The venue will be different. But Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo cited similar vibes heading into Sunday’s game against Atlanta (7-0) that the team had before knocking off another undefeated team _ New Orleans _ on Dec. 19, 2009. The Cowboys’ 24-17 victory that day in the Superdome gave the Saints their first loss after a 13-0 start.

Romo also led the Cowboys to a 21-14 victory over Indianapolis on Nov. 19, 2006. The Colts were 9-0 heading into that contest. But because the Colts game was played at home, Romo said the New Orleans game from 2009 provides a better comparison for this year’s team, which heads to Atlanta with a 3-4 record.

“Going down to New Orleans will have a similar type feel in that you know you’re going against a great opponent that does a lot of things well and creates a lot of problems,” Romo said. “You can draw on what you did as a team and individually to beat that opponent that day. What were some of the things that you were successful with? I don't want to give away too much, but it gives you a chance to be a little better.”

A good starting point would be improving on the Cowboys’ minus-11 turnover margin, which ranks next-to-last among NFL teams. Romo stressed that past success against undefeated opponents will mean nothing once the game starts in Atlanta.

 “Each time, it’s a little bit different,” Romo said. “It’s a tough game. It’s obviously a great opponent. We’re excited about the challenge.”

_ Jimmy Burch

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