Quarterback Danny White returned to the lineup, scored a touchdown and hit Tony Hill with a 35-yard touchdown pass to give the Dallas Cowboys a 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons today.

Dallas is leading the NFC East with a 6-2 record at the halfway mark. Atlanta dropped to 1-7.

White, who sat out Dallas' 16-14 loss to Philadelphia last week with sore ribs, seemed rusty. Three of his passes were intercepted, and he had to make a touchdown-saving tackle on safety Scott Case at midfield after an interception in the fourth quarter.

"It wasn't pretty, but it was a win," White said. "I did some good things and some bad things. It was good to get back. My ribs still hurt."

The Falcons jumped to a 10-0 lead on Dave Archer's three-yard scoring pass to tight end Allama Matthews and Mick Luckhurst's 38-yard field goal.

But the Cowboys struck for 17 second-period points on a 35-yard pass from White to Hill, Tony Dorsett's 60-yard scoring run and Rafael Septien's 28-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half.

Dallas put the game away in the fourth quarter with an 81-yard drive. White's 27-yard pass to Hill put the ball on the one before White ran for the score.

Luckhurst's string of 16 straight field goals ended when he missed a 46-yard try.