Sour end for Orlando Scandrick

ATLANTA -- Orlando Scandrick will have a hard time forgetting Sunday’s loss to Atlanta.

When the Cowboys’ defense absolutely, positively needed a stop to force a punt or long field-goal try by the Falcons, Scandrick was unable to make a play.

On third-and-6 from the Falcons 24, Scandrick was in position to stop Jacquizz Rodgers short of a first down but missed. Rodgers ended up with a 31-yard gain. Later Scandrick was flagged for a holding penalty on Roddy White on a third-down play.

Atlanta was able to burn all but 17 seconds off the clock as it ended the drive with a 32-yard field goal by Matt Bryant.

“I’m more upset with the missed tackle,” Scandrick said. “The holding penalty I was competing trying to get off the field. When it came down to that it was like a dogfight when it comes to third down. It’s just very upsetting. My first penalty and my first missed tackle of the season come in one game, in a crucial part of the game. I don’t have any excuses. I accept full responsibility. I’m not one to make excuses. I’ll bounce back. I’ll continue to work hard. I’ll work harder on those things, getting my hand placement, my feet in great tackling position and won’t let it happen again.”