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December 23, 2012

Cowboys RB Murray takes blame for game-turning lost fumble

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray declared his lost fumble at the Dallas 5-yard line in the third quarter of a 17-17 game an inexcusable mistake. The turnover, Murray’s second lost fumble in two weeks, turned the momentum back in New Orleans’ direction after two consecutive defensive stops.

“That fumble never should have happened. I got my body twisted in the pile and the ball came out … You can’t make those mistakes, especially against a (team with a) good offense like that,” said Murray, who lost the first fumble of his NFL career _ on his 289th career carry _ in last week’s victory over Pittsburgh.

New Orleans turned Murray's fumble into a 5-yard touchdown drive, a key turning point in Sunday's 34-31 overtime victory.

"That gave them seven points right there," Murray said. "It's disappointing, very disappointing ... It's very difficult when you know you should have won the game. We definitely let this one slip away from us. It is what it is."

The upside for Dallas is that, because of the New York Giants' 33-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Cowboys (8-7) still head into next week's game at Washington (9-6) in a winner-take-all matchup that will determine the NFC East title. The Giants (8-7), the defending Super Bowl games, cannot win the NFC East title in the wake of Sunday's loss.

_ Jimmy Burch 

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