DAL 22, ATL 19: Elliott, Maher Carry Cowboys to Season-Saving Win

    A last-minute field goal by lifted the to a 22-19 victory over the . On the strength of 201 yards of total out of , Dallas improved to 5-5 and arguably saved their .

    Elliott had 122 yards rushing and 79 receiving today, plus scored one touchdown, to make up well over half of the team's offensive production. was also solid, throwing for over 200 yards and committing no turnovers.

    Dallas and Atlanta traded field goals in the first half, and the Falcons took a 6-3 lead into the locker room. But the Cowboys answered with a tying field goal on their first second-half possession, then scored a touchdown on their next drive.

    Maher was 3/3 on his field goals today, which included a 50-yarder. A missed extra point created concern, but the Cowboys delivered in the biggest moments.

    Once again, Dallas' was impressive and played a major part in the win. The Falcons never got into the endzone until their last possession.

    Game Notes

    • had another interception, securing a tipped ball that lucked its way into his grasp. He also made some big tackles and continued last week's exceptional play.
    • was credited with 1.5 , getting him back among the league leaders with 8.0 on the year.
    • Elliott was Dallas' leading receiving today. Next up was with five catches for 51 yards, and Cole's day could've been better if not for a dropped touchdown pass.
    • nearly had his second interception of the year, but Falcons WR made an impressive play to hit Heath and break up the catch.
    • left the game on the final drive with an , but Cam Fleming came in and the team didn't suffer for it. We'll have to see what the short week means for Smith's status against the Redskins.
    • Speaking of Washington, the leaders fell to 6-4 today at home against the . Even worse for them, QB suffered a nasty ankle injury is almost assuredly out for weeks to come. Colt McCoy will be their starting QB on Thursday against Dallas.
    • If Dallas wins next week, they will pull even with Washington in overall record, division record, and split the head-to-head series. With the Eagles facing a tough road game today in New Orleans, and with Alex Smith going down for Washington, the East may have just become the Cowboys' to control.
    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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