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Falcons flatten shorthanded Cowboys

Falcons flatten shorthanded Cowboys
Celebrity - Dallas - Dallas Cowboys - Derrick Thomas - Ezekiel Elliott - National Football League - NFL - Osi Umenyiora - Quarterback - Tyron Smith
November 13
05:522017

A solid player but hardly a star, Clayborn set an Atlanta record with six sacks and forced a pair of fumbles to lead the Falcons past the Cowboys 27-7, a game that showed just how much Dallas missed one of its key offensive players.

Leaving Green grasping at air, Clayborn blew by him to force two fumbles — one of which he recovered himself by ripping the ball away from Prescott — and surpass the team record of five sacks in a game, held by Chuck Smith and Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey.

Derrick Thomas, Osi Umenyiora and Fred Dean are the only other players credited with six sacks in a game.

Clayborn had more sacks in this contest than in any other season except for his rookie year in 2011, when he had 7½.

While the defense dominated the Elliott-less Cowboys, Matt Ryan threw a pair of short touchdown passes and reached 40,000 career passing yards in fewer games than any other quarterback in NFL history.

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