2013 Dallas Cowboys season

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2013 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachJason Garrett
General managerJerry Jones
OwnerJerry Jones
Home fieldAT&T Stadium
Results
Record8–8
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersDez Bryant WR, Tyron Smith LT, Jason Hatcher DT, Jason Witten TE, DeMarco Murray RB
Uniform
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Timeline
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2013 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachJason Garrett
General managerJerry Jones
OwnerJerry Jones
Home fieldAT&T Stadium
Results
Record8–8
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersDez Bryant WR, Tyron Smith LT, Jason Hatcher DT, Jason Witten TE, DeMarco Murray RB
Uniform
Cowboys uniforms12.png
Timeline
Previous season    Next season
< 2012    2014

The 2013 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 54th season in the National Football League, the fifth playing their home games at AT&T Stadium (formerly known as "Cowboys Stadium") and the third full season under head coach Jason Garrett. The Cowboys finished 8–8 for a third consecutive season, but missed the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season after losing their final game for the third straight season, this time to the Philadelphia Eagles.

2013 draft class[edit]

RoundSelectionPlayerPositionCollege
131Travis FrederickCenterWisconsin
247Gavin EscobarTight endSan Diego State
374Terrance WilliamsWide receiverBaylor
80J. J. WilcoxSafetyGeorgia Southern
4114B. W. WebbCornerbackWilliam & Mary
5151Joseph RandleRunning backOklahoma State
6185DeVonte HollomanLinebackerSouth Carolina
Notes

The Cowboys traded their first-round selection (No. 18 overall) to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 49ers' first- (No. 31 overall) and third- (No. 74 overall) round selections. The Cowboys did not have a selection in the seventh round, as the team traded its seventh-round selection (No. 224 overall) to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for guard Ryan Cook.

Staff[edit]

2013 Dallas Cowboys staff
Front office
  • Owner/President/General Manager – Jerry Jones
  • COO/Executive Vice President/Director of Player Personnel – Stephen Jones
  • Assistant Director of Player Personnel – Tom Ciskowski
  • Director of Football Administration – Todd Williams
  • Assistant Director of Pro Scouting – Judd Garrett

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Monte Kiffin
  • Defensive Line – Rod Marinelli
  • Linebackers – Matt Eberflus
  • Secondary – Jerome Henderson
  • Assistant Secondary – Joe Baker
  • Defensive Assistant/Defensive Line – Leon Lett
  • Defensive Quality Control/Linebackers – Ben Bloom

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2013 Dallas Cowboys roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
52 Active, 8 Inactive, 9 Practice Squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

On March 19, the NFL announced the Cowboys' Hall of Fame Game against the Miami Dolphins in the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.[1] The remainder of the Cowboys' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2013.

WeekDateKickoffOpponentResultsGame siteTVNFL.com
recap
Final scoreTeam record
HOFAugust 47:00 p.m. CDTvs. Miami DolphinsW 24–201–0Fawcett Stadium (Canton, Ohio)NBCRecap
1August 99:00 p.m. CDTat Oakland RaidersL 17–191–1O.co ColiseumKTVTRecap
2August 173:30 p.m. CDTat Arizona CardinalsL 7–121–2University of Phoenix StadiumKTVTRecap
3August 247:00 p.m. CDTCincinnati BengalsW 24–182–2AT&T StadiumKTVTRecap
4August 297:00 p.m. CDTHouston TexansL 6–242–3AT&T StadiumKTVTRecap

Regular season[edit]

WeekDateKickoffOpponentResultsGame siteTVNFL.com
recap
Final scoreTeam record
1September 87:30 p.m. CDTNew York GiantsW 36–311–0AT&T StadiumNBCRecap
2September 1512:00 p.m. CDTat Kansas City ChiefsL 16–171–1Arrowhead StadiumFoxRecap
3September 2212:00 p.m. CDTSt. Louis RamsW 31–72–1AT&T StadiumFoxRecap
4September 293:25 p.m. CDTat San Diego ChargersL 21–302–2Qualcomm StadiumFoxRecap
5October 63:25 p.m. CDTDenver BroncosL 48–512–3AT&T StadiumCBSRecap
6October 137:30 p.m. CDTWashington RedskinsW 31–163–3AT&T StadiumNBCRecap
7October 2012:00 p.m. CDTat Philadelphia EaglesW 17–34–3Lincoln Financial FieldFoxRecap
8October 2712:00 p.m. CDTat Detroit LionsL 30–314–4Ford FieldFoxRecap
9November 312:00 p.m. CSTMinnesota VikingsW 27–235–4AT&T StadiumFoxRecap
10November 107:30 p.m. CSTat New Orleans SaintsL 17–495–5Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNBCRecap
11Bye
12November 243:25 p.m. CSTat New York GiantsW 24–216–5MetLife StadiumFoxRecap
13November 283:30 p.m. CSTOakland RaidersW 31–247–5AT&T StadiumCBSRecap
14December 97:40 p.m. CSTat Chicago BearsL 28–457–6Soldier FieldESPN[a]Recap
15December 153:25 p.m. CSTGreen Bay PackersL 36–377–7AT&T StadiumFoxRecap
16December 2212:00 p.m. CSTat Washington RedskinsW 24–238–7FedEx FieldFoxRecap
17December 297:30 p.m. CST[2]Philadelphia EaglesL 22–248–8AT&T StadiumNBC[2]Recap
LEGEND
Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
^[a] Simulcast on KTXD-TV Greenville for the Dallas-Fort Worth market.[3]

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week One: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1234Total
Giants3771431
Cowboys31014936

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 27/42, 450 Yards, 4 TD, 3 INT
  • DAL – Tony Romo – 36/49, 263 Yards, 2 TD, INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Two: Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1234Total
Cowboys1003316
Chiefs707317

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 3: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Three: St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1234Total
Rams00707
Cowboys1077731

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: September 22
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 80,848
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 4: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Four: Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1234Total
Cowboys0210021
Chargers7671030

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: September 29
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. CDT/1:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,601
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 5: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Five: Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1234Total
Broncos721101351
Cowboys146131548

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DEN –
  • DAL –
Top rushers
  • DEN –
  • DAL –
Top receivers
  • DEN –
  • DAL –
Top tacklers
  • DEN –
  • DAL –

Coming off their loss to the Chargers, the Cowboys hosted the Denver Broncos at home for an interconference duel. The Cowboys grabbed a 14–0 lead in the first quarter, with a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tony Romo to wide receiver Dez Bryant, followed by running back DeMarco Murray rushing for a 4-yard touchdown. The latter score occurred after a fumble by Broncos' wide receiver Eric Decker. The Broncos later got on the scoreboard, with quarterback Peyton Manning connecting on a 4-yard shovel pass to tight end Julius Thomas for a touchdown. Early in the second quarter, a 43-yard field goal by placekicker Dan Bailey gave the Cowboys a 17–7 lead. The Broncos then reeled off 21 unanswered points, with Manning adding two more touchdown passes — a 2-yarder to Decker and a 9-yarder to Thomas, followed by Manning rushing for a 1-yard touchdown on a bootleg play. A 48-yard field goal by Bailey at the end of the first half narrowed the Broncos' lead to 28–20.[4]

In the second half, the Broncos added to their lead midway through the third quarter, with Manning connecting on a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Wes Welker. However, the Cowboys subsequently began chipping away at the Broncos' lead, with Romo connecting on an 82-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Terrance Williams. A 48-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater gave the Broncos a 38–27 lead, but the Cowboys further narrowed the Broncos' lead, with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Romo to Bryant (with an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt). Following an intercepted Broncos' pass, the Cowboys subsequently re-claimed the lead early in the fourth quarter, with Romo throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten, coupled with a two-point pass from Romo to Williams. The Broncos tied the game at 41–41 on their next possession, with a 50-yard field goal by Prater. As the shootout continued, on the Cowboys' next possession, Romo connected on a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cole Beasley to give the Cowboys a 48–41 lead with 7:19 remaining in the fourth quarter. Manning subsequently led the Broncos on a 9-play, 73-yard drive, which culminated with running back Knowshon Moreno rushing for a 1-yard touchdown to tie the game at 48–48 with 2:24 remaining in the fourth quarter. Two plays into the Cowboys' next possession, as the Cowboys were attempting a game-winning drive, Romo was intercepted by Broncos' linebacker Danny Trevathan at the Cowboys' 24-yard line just before the two-minute warning. On the fourth play of the Broncos' final possession, the Broncos were facing a 3rd-and-1 at the Cowboys' 2-yard line, after the Cowboys had exhausted two of their three team timeouts. Moreno earned a crucial first down after Manning implored him to go down before reaching the goal line instead of scoring a touchdown, which forced the Cowboys to burn their final timeout with 1:35 remaining in the fourth quarter. After three kneel-downs by Manning, Prater nailed the game-winning 28-yard field goal as time expired.[4]

With the narrow loss, the Cowboys moved to 2–3, and dropped to second place in the division.

Week 6: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Six: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1234Total
Redskins3310016
Cowboys7771031

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 90,239
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • DAL –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • DAL –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • DAL –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • DAL –

Week 7: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Seven: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1234Total
Cowboys037717
Eagles00033

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • PHI –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • PHI –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • PHI –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • PHI –

Week 8: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Eight: Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1234Total
Cowboys01031730
Lions7002431

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • DET –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • DET –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • DET –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • DET –

Week 9: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Nine: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings377623
Cowboys3314727

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 85,360
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIN –
  • DAL –
Top rushers
  • MIN –
  • DAL –
Top receivers
  • MIN –
  • DAL –
Top tacklers
  • MIN –
  • DAL –

Week 10: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Ten: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1234Total
Cowboys377017
Saints72171449

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,018
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • NO –

Week 12: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Twelve: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Game summary
1234Total
Cowboys777324
Giants067821

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 25 °F (−4 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 80,499
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL – Tony Romo
  • NYG – Eli Manning
Top rushers
  • DAL – DeMarco Murray
  • NYG – Andre Brown
Top receivers
  • DAL – Dez Bryant
  • NYG – Rueben Randle
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • NYG –

Dan Bailey's 34 yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the game gives the Cowboys their sixth win of the season. With the win, the Giants' four game winning streak is snapped and the Cowboys regain the top spot of the NFC East, remaining undefeated in the division.

Week 13: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Thanksgiving Day game
Week Thirteen: Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1234Total
Raiders7140324
Cowboys7771031

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 28
  • Game time: 4:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 87,572
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • OAK –
  • DAL –
Top rushers
  • OAK –
  • DAL –
Top receivers
  • OAK –
  • DAL –
Top tacklers
  • OAK –
  • DAL –

Week 14: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Fourteen: Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1234Total
Cowboys7701428
Bears717111045

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • CHI –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • CHI –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • CHI –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • CHI –

Week 15: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Fifteen: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1234Total
Packers30142037
Cowboys13133736

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 91,054
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • GB –
  • DAL –
Top rushers
  • GB –
  • DAL –
Top receivers
  • GB –
  • DAL –
Top tacklers
  • GB –
  • DAL –

With the Packers coming off of their first win since the injury of Aaron Rodgers, the Cowboys lead 26–3 at halftime. In the second half of the game, the Packers managed a dramatic comeback that was helped by the mistake-prone Cowboys. The Packers scored the game-winning touchdown with almost a minute left in the game. Tony Romo tried to rally back and give the Cowboys a win, but threw a interception near the 50-yard line that sealed their fate. Controversy followed the game for the Cowboys giving up a 23 point halftime lead and the play-calling of the coaching staff.

Week 16: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Sixteen: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1234Total
Cowboys7701024
Redskins3314323

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –

After coming off of the dismal loss to the Packers the week before, the Cowboys managed to hold the Redskins to only two field goals to lead 14–6 at halftime. In the third quarter, Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to give the Redskins a 20–14 lead at the end of the 3rd. The Cowboys, in an attempt to not repeat the mistakes of the previous week, kicked a field goal to trail 17–20 early in the 4th. The Redskins extended their lead to 23–17 with a field goal. The Cowboys marched down the field to reach a 1st and goal from the 5. After two incomplete passes and a tackle for a loss of yards, the Cowboys faced 4th and goal from the 10. Tony Romo fired a pass to DeMarco Murray in the end zone to tie the game 23–23. With the extra point good, the Cowboys lead 24–23 with 30 seconds to go. The Redskins tried to kick at least a field goal to win the game, but failed to make it pass their own 30. With the win, the Cowboys kept their playoff hopes alive and faced a do-or-die game with the Eagles.

Week 17: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Seventeen: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1234Total
Eagles3140724
Cowboys0106622

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 29
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST[2]
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 91,166
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (NBC[2]): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • PHI –
  • DAL –
Top rushers
  • PHI –
  • DAL –
Top receivers
  • PHI –
  • DAL –
Top tacklers
  • PHI –
  • DAL –

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC East
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
(3) Philadelphia Eagles1060.6254–29–3442382W2
Dallas Cowboys880.5005–17–5439432L1
New York Giants790.4383–36–6294383W2
Washington Redskins3130.1880–61–11334478L8

Conference[edit]

#TeamDivisionWLTPCTDIVCONFPFPAPDSTK
Division leaders
1*Seattle Seahawks (1)West1330.8134–210–2417231186W1
2zCarolina Panthers (2)South1240.7505–19–3366241125W3
3yPhiladelphia Eagles (3)East1060.6254–29–344238260W2
4yGreen Bay Packers (4)North871.5313–2–16–5–1417428-11W1
Wild cards
5wSan Francisco 49ers (5)West1240.7335–19–3406272134W6
6wNew Orleans Saints (6)South1150.6885–19–3414304110W1
Eliminated from playoff contention
7Arizona CardinalsWest1060.6252–46–637932455L1
8[a]Chicago BearsNorth880.5002–44–8445478-33L2
9Dallas CowboysEast880.5005–17–54394327L1
10[b][c]New York GiantsEast790.4383–36–6294383-89W2
11[d]Detroit LionsNorth790.4384–26–639537619L4
12St. Louis RamsWest790.4381–54–8348364-16L1
13Minnesota VikingsNorth5101.3442–3–14–7–1391480-89W1
14[e]Atlanta FalconsSouth4120.2501–53–9353443-90L2
15Tampa Bay BuccaneersSouth4120.2501–52–10288389-101L3
16Washington RedskinsEast3130.2000–61–11334478-144L8
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45–28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23–20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Notes
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame Game: Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys". nfl.com. March 19, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Week 17 Flex Scheduling: Eagles-Cowboys to be NBC Sunday Night Football Game on Dec. 29; Bills-Patriots Moves to 4:25 PM ET on CBS; Buccaneers-Saints to 4:25 PM ET on FOX". NFLCommunications.com. December 22, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ Malone, Michael (31 October 2013). "Dallas Splits With Me-TV; London Broadcasting will rely on homegrown shows, other syndicated hits". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Kavner, Rowan (October 6, 2013). "Cowboys Fall Short After Late Pick In 51–48 Loss To Denver". Dallas Cowboys. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 

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