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October 15, 2012

Cowboys come up short, again

BALTIMORE — The Dallas Cowboys had every reason to be proud.

They amassed 481 yards, including 227 on the ground — more than any team had ever run for against the Baltimore Ravens. Dallas held the ball for more than 40 minutes, reached a season high in points and totaled 30 first downs.

It would have been a Sunday worth celebrating. Except for the final score: Ravens 31, Cowboys 29.

Jacoby Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return, and Baltimore won its 14th straight at home by holding off two Dallas threats in the final minute.

“I am sick about losing this game,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “This is a very tough place to play. We made our share of mistakes, but I thought we had a shot to win at the end.”

They sure did.

After Dez Bryant scored on a 4-yard pass from Tony Romo with 32 seconds left to make it 31-29, the 2-point conversion pass zipped through the arms of the diving Bryant in the front left corner of the end zone.

Dallas recovered the onside kick, but Dan Bailey was wide left on a 51-yard field goal try with 6 seconds remaining.

“I felt like I struck it pretty well,” Bailey said. “Obviously, not well enough.”

For all they accomplished offensively, the Cowboys (2-3) still headed home with a loss.

“Ultimately, hey look, there’s no moral victories,” tight end Jason Witten said. “Obviously they’re a good team and you don’t walk away saying, ‘Hey, we ‘played a good team close.’ You walk away saying, ‘We had an opportunity and we lost.”’

Dallas coach Jason Garrett added, “I felt we fought really hard and well through a lot of different adversities in all three phases. (The Ravens) have been awfully good for a while. This team’s been awfully good in this place for a while. We gave them everything they could handle.”

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