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December 03, 2012

Cowboys get off to another slow start, trailing 17-10 at halftime

The Eagles became the ninth opponent in 12 games to score first against Dallas. They scored on Bryce Brown’s 10-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. By building a 14-3 lead in the second quarter, the Eagles became the fifth consecutive opponent to carve out a double-digit lead during the first half at Cowboys Stadium.

In the past three games, all home games, the Cowboys have been outscored 58-13 in the first half. All three games were against teams with losing records and with rookie quarterbacks.

For the season, Dallas has been outscored by a 151-83 margin in the first half, including a 98-40 mark in home games.

The good news for the Cowboys is: They have been better in the second half. Tony Romo was 10-for-10 for 169 yards and three touchdowns in the second half Sunday.

"Early in the game, you don't necessarily always know exactly what they are playing that day," Romo said. "Once I get a bead on it, usually I can lock in on it and be pretty good. Early in the game, we need to be able to do the little things that allow drives to extend. We need to run the ball. We need to stay out of third-and-long, minimize penalties. Then, you've got to play good defense and keep the games close. If you can do that, you can gain the understanding of what they are doing defensively and attack them."

-- Charean Williams



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