Cowboys pull out miraculous, 40-39 win with 16 points in final five minutes

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The Cowboys could have lost Sunday’s game in the first quarter with four fumbles, three of them lost. Instead, they won it in the fourth quarter.

Dallas pulled out one of its most miraculous comeback victories in a team history full of them, scoring 16 points in the final 4:57 to win 40-39.

Greg Zuerlein made a 46-yard field goal on the final play after Zuerlein’s onside kick was recovered by the Cowboys with 1:48 left.

Atlanta had the game fully in control, up 39-24 late in the fourth quarter after leading 20-0 in the first quarter and 29-10 at halftime. But the Cowboys never said die.

Dak Prescott was 34-of-47 for 450 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for three scores on five carries for 18 yards. Rookie CeeDee Lamb caught six passes for 106 yards, and Amari Cooper had six receptions for 100 yards. Dalton Schultz caught nine passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

It marked the first win for Mike McCarthy with the Cowboys, who welcomed 21,708 fans to AT&T Stadium. It saved McCarthy from second-guessing after two failed fake punts and a failed 2-point conversion with 4:57 remaining when a extra point would have drawn the Cowboys to within one score.

Matt Ryan threw four touchdown passes, with Calvin Ridley catching two of them, and Foyesade Oluokun forced three fumbles.

Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Schultz all lost fumbles. Elliott had another the Cowboys recovered.

The Falcons’ scoring drives covered 22, 52, 5, 31, 75, 56, 74 and 30 yards.

31 responses to “Cowboys pull out miraculous, 40-39 win with 16 points in final five minutes

  1. As soon as they showed Arthur Blank on the field ready to celebrate i knew the Cowboys would comeback and win.

  2. Serious question – does the Falcons special teams unit understand the on side kick rules? Do they realize they can jump on the ball at any time? Absolutely pathetic. That is professional football?

  3. That was a hellva finish.

    That’s exactly the kind of football fans have been craving for! (Unless you’re a Falcons fan) 😂

  4. Before the onside kick, I said to myself, “Remember, this is Atlanta. If there’s a team who can blow it . . . “

  5. The way Atlanta covered the onside kick at the end was a disgrace. At least 3 separate Falcons had a chance to dive on it and all of them just watched the ball bounce past like it was too hot to touch.

    The special teams coach should be fired before he gets on the flight home.

  6. Atlanta is the undisputed king of Chokes. Not since the buffalo bills superbowl run has a team choked in such unbelievable fashion like this multiple times

  7. Wow, two teams that could not get out of their own way. Cowboys are like the LA Clippers, they think they have already won something…

  8. It is not the special teams coach that should be fired. Dan Quinn is the one who needs to go. He is the one not prepared for in game decisions. He’s the one incapable of thinking ahead and ready for things before they happen. This is not a one time or even rare event for Quinn. He watched the Rams punter move under center for a fake punt last year and watched his return unit not know what to do. So not only were they not prepared, when he saw the confusion he didn’t call time out.

    He had nowhere else to be but in the huddle listening to what was being said by the special teams coach before the onside kick. Its a basic reminder.
    What did they call time out for and actually say?

    These are the same failings that brought them to 1-7 last year. Its time to fire him. Tonight.

  9. gmen32 says:
    September 20, 2020 at 5:18 pm
    Serious question – does the Falcons special teams unit understand the on side kick rules? Do they realize they can jump on the ball at any time? Absolutely pathetic. That is professional football?

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    And the funny thing is, Atlanta is probably the best team at recovering onside kicks, but evidently they can’t recover an onside kick for their life

  10. Atlanta snatched defeat from the jaws of victory again. It looks like they will be firing their coach after this season.

  11. Remember also that Coach Quinn was Seattle’s OC when the Pats intercepted the infamous Russell Wilson pass at the end of the SB. I believe him being on the short end of the score in some really big games is just more than a coincidence.

  12. The buffoonery in Atlanta continues… As for Dallas, wow, it took epic stupidity by the other team to outshine the stupidity on their sideline. Yikes!

  13. Dallas got VERY lucky to have a recoverable onside kick given the lame new rules. Don’t worry Atlanta, it is only week 2.

  14. The special teams coach of Atlanta needs to be fired. How do you guys not know that they can jump on the ball anytime on an onside kick??

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