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DAL 40, ATL 39: Cowboys Pull Off Improbable Comeback for McCarthy’s 1st Win

After falling to an early 20-0 deficit in the first quarter, the rallied back and pulled off a stunning 40-39 comeback victory over the . It is Dallas' first win of the and 's first victory as Cowboys .

drilled a 46-yard field goal down the middle in the final seconds to give Dallas the win. His late-game heroics also included the rare successful onside kick to give the Cowboys the ball and make the final drive possible.

The Cowboys dug the early hole with three lost fumbles in the first quarter and a failed fake punt attempt, giving the Falcons good field position numerous times. The also struggled, sacrificing several big plays through the air and allowing four touchdowns to .

However, Mike McCarthy's team didn't give up. The Cowboys never stopped fighting and pulled within a few possessions before halftime, then finished the job in the second half.

had three short-yardage rushing touchdowns to go with 450 passing yards and another TD through the air. He had to leave the game briefly in the third quarter for a medical evaluation, leading to a brief sighting, but only missed two plays before returning and scoring on a QB sneak.

With inactive today and La'el Collins still on , the Cowboys were forced to start and at offensive . The early results were not good and had everyone remembering the horrible 2017 loss to Atlanta, aka “The Game.”

But credit to for adjusting to the blocking issues, getting the ball out of Prescott's hands faster on later drives and using an up-tempo to help stifle the Falcons' defensive attack. There was a marked difference on the Cowboys later drives in the first quarter that carried through the game and helped take them to victory.

Game Notes

  • 's debut as the new starting TE was a good one, leading all receivers with nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. and each had six catches for 100 and 106 receiving yards respectively.
  • The Cowboys only sack of the game came from , his first of the year after joining Dallas just before . didn't have a big day on the box score but was noticeably active with pressure and some good run stops in the second half.
  • Rookie CB had some tough moments guarding but was also close to making some big plays. Once he figures out how to catch the ball, Diggs has the makings of an interception machine.
  • With the Eagles and Giants already losing today, and Washington currently trailing 20-0 in their own game, Dallas should move into a tie for 1st place in the with the Football Team.
  • In Week 3 the Cowboys will head to Seattle. The Seahawks will be trying to go 2-0 later tonight when they face the .
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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