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Ryan marched the Falcons 80 yards in 16 plays on the game-opening drive, capping it with the TD pass to White. But Dallas sacked him twice on the next drive and he didn't do much the rest of the half.
On his first drive of the third quarter, Ryan led the Falcons 87 yards in 12 plays. Turner's touchdown got them within 17-14. But, again, Ryan couldn't keep it up. Atlanta was down 34-14 after Crayton's long punt return when Weems scored.
Reigning NFL sack king DeMarcus Ware had two of Dallas' sacks and forced the fumble. But the victory was even sweeter for teammate Keith Brooking, who grew up in Atlanta and played 11 seasons for the Falcons until being let go this past offseason.
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