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Dallas offense just too much
Vick, Andersen set records in loss
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Terrell Owens eludes Atlanta Falcons' DeAngelo Hall for his second touchdown in the first half Saturday in Atlanta. - photo by Associated Press
    ATLANTA — Michael Vick and Morten Andersen got their records. Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys got a crucial victory.
    Owens hauled in a couple of touchdown passes, Marion Barber scored on two punishing runs and the Cowboys protected their NFC East lead with a 38-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.
    Dallas (9-5) bounced back from a 42-17 home loss to the New Orleans Saints to bolster its playoff hopes. It was a devastating defeat for the Falcons (7-7), who had climbed back into the NFC wild-card race with two straight wins and overcame an early 14-0 deficit in this one.
    Owens, who was kept out of the end zone by Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall when the two faced off in the 2005 opener, took care of that blemish. Owens made a 7-yard touchdown reception with a brilliant one-handed catch, then blew past Hall to haul in a 51-yarder.
    T.O. toasted both scores with the same gesture. He faced the crowd with his arms outstretched — that’s the ‘T’ — then clasped his hands in a circle above his head — that’s an ‘O.’
    Vick tied a career high with four touchdown passes and eclipsed Bobby Douglass’ 34-year-old record for most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback.
    Andersen, meanwhile, became the leading scorer in NFL history. The 46-year-old kicker booted four extra points, giving him 2,437 points for his career and breaking Gary Anderson’s mark of 2,434.