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November 29, 2012

Witten says Cowboys need to put their mental energy into earlier part of the game so they don't fall behind

Tight end Jason Witten said he’s proud of the Cowboys’ will to come back when they fall behind, but that they are putting their focus into not falling behind.

“That mental energy has got to be happening earlier in games, so you don’t fall behind that way,” he said. “Just in general, that’s a winning formula. You can’t come from behind and expect to do it. Starting fast is going to be critical for us going forward.”

The Cowboys have trailed 28-3 and 13-0 at halftime in their last two games. They rallied from the 13-0 deficit to beat Cleveland in overtime, 23-20. But they fell short, 38-31, against Washington.

Earlier in the year, they came back from a 23-0 deficit against the New York Giants to lead 24-23, but eventually lost 29-24.

“We’ve got a lot of battle, we’ve got a lot of will,” Witten said. “But every team tries to do that. You’re proud to be a part of this locker room and the guys, the way they play. It’s about wins and losses, and as tough as we’ve been in fighting back and keeping ourselves in games at the end of it, we’re losing them. The mindset has been clear as to not get behind in those games, and you can control that, limiting those situations where you’re not in that adversity, trying to come from behind in the second half. That’s been our mindset. That’s been our focus. Now we’ve got to go do it.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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