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December 27, 2013

Cowboys expect largest crowd of the season and one of the largest in stadium history

The Cowboys will have one thing going for them this week -- home-field advantage. AT&T Stadium should have its largest crowd of the season, topping the 92,758 the Cowboys drew for the Broncos on Oct. 6.

"I take some of what we’re getting injury-wise to be able to play this game at home," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the Star-Telegram. "Our fans can make a difference in this game. Their enthusiasm can really make the difference. We need a home-field atmosphere if we are counting on [Kyle] Orton and we’re counting on what we are with the team with that home-field atmosphere, and it is going to be…. We’ve sold everything available. We’ll have them hanging from their rafters. It’ll be one of our biggest crowds."

The Cowboys have drawn 613,179 this season, an average of 87,597. Their largest crowd ever was the NFL-record 105,121 who saw the regular-season opening of the $1.2 billion stadium in 2009. They also drew 100,621 for the Eagles in a Week 17 game that season.

The Cowboys are 22-17 all time at AT&T Stadium, including 5-2 this season.

"We are going to need our fans," receiver Dez Bryant said. "We've got some of the greatest fans in football. We are going to need them to be loud every third down, make sure they don't hear their play. We need them involved in this ball game."

-- Charean Williams

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