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Cowboys Vs. Falcons: Matt Ryan says o-line 'battled the entire day'

The offensive line and rushing attack was big in the Falcons' win over the Cowboys on Sunday night.

Kevin C. Cox

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said his team's running game in the second half of Sunday's 19-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys was 'huge':

"We stuck with it. We knew coming into it that it was going to be a battle. It's a good defensive front seven and really a very good defense. Dirk [Koetter] did a great job sticking with it. I think the guys upfront battled and wore them down in the second half, and Michael [Turner] and Jaquizz [Rodgers] did a great job for us finding some holes and running through them. But I thought our offensive line battled the entire day and played really well for us."

Turner was the big name on the ground Sunday. He rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Rodgers, meanwhile, finished with three carries and zero net yards.

Turner is the team's leading rusher, but he hasn't been needed too much with Ryan having a great year. On the season, Turner has 517 yards and four touchdowns on 128 carries.

Turner has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in three seasons. He is coming off back-to-back seasons of 1,300 yards.

With Turner's great game, the Falcons didn't need Matt Ryan as much as they needed him in previous weeks. Ryan still had a good game, though, passing for 342 yards and completing 70 percent of his passes.

Atlanta is 8-0 this season and the only undefeated team in the NFL.

The Falcons will try to be 9-0 when they travel to play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints enter the game with a 2-5 record.

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