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Can Dallas protect a lead?

IRVING, Tex. - In each of the last two games, the Dallas Cowboys have blown late leads en route to excruciating losses to the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants, respectively. Will it happen tonight?

Fans and media — both local and national — have skewered the Dallas defense, which has blown three double-digit fourth-quarter leads this season. Players and coaches often claim they don't read what the media has to say about their teams, win or lose. That may be true for many, but defensive end Sean Lissemore acknowledged that he is aware of what is being said about the Cowboys, and...