DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - After a disappointing week one loss in Los Angeles, the Dallas Cowboys entered their home opener against the Atlanta Falcons as four point favorites.
And after disastrous first quarter, Dallas nearly found themselves in too deep of a hole to climb out of. However, thanks to a wild series of events, Dallas overcame the odds, outscoring Atlanta 16-3 in the final five minutes of the game, to come away with the 40-39 win.
Turnovers in football are arguably one of the biggest momentum swing plays in all of professional sports, and can flip any game in any direction in a matter of moments. Fortunately for Dallas, however, they were somehow able to overcome three giveaways in the first quarter that resulted in 17 points for the Falcons.
Dallas also turned the ball over on downs twice throughout the game on failed fake punts, including one in the first quarter, both of which also resulted in field goals for Atlanta. Not to mention Mike McCarthy's questionable decision to go for two after the Cowboys second to last score of the game, which nearly cost the team the game.
But after a late touchdown run from Dak Prescott, and a recovered onside kick with just over a Dallas somehow still found themselves in position to escape with a win.
On the ensuing drive, Dak Prescott hit CeeDee Lamb for a 24 yard gain, to put the Cowboys in position for a field goal. Two plays later, Greg Zuerlein hit the 46-yard field goal, giving Dallas the victory.
Without either of his starting tackles, or his backup swing tackle in the game, Prescott was protected by a pair of un-drafted free agents on the outside, and was constantly under pressure throughout the contest. Still, Prescott managed to put forth a wildly productive game completing 34-47 passes for 450 yards and a score, as well as three rushing touchdowns.
Prescott hit eight different receivers on the afternoon, including six passes for 106 yards to rookie wideout CeeDee Lamb, six passes for 100 yards for Amari Cooper, and nine passes for 88 yards and a touchdown to tight end Dalton Schultz, giving his first career NFL touchdown.
After overcoming his fumble issues early in the game, Ezekiel Elliott also had a nice afternoon, carrying the ball 22 times for 89 yards and a touchdown.
As a team, Dallas finished with 570 total yards of offense, and were five of six from the red zone for the game.
The Dallas defense, however, was unable to reciprocate production of the offense, giving up four touchdowns through the air to Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, two of which went to receiver Calvin Ridley, who finished the game with seven catches for 109 yards and the two scores.
Ryan's other two touchdowns went to Russell Gage, who had six catches for 46 yards, and tight end Hayden Hurst, who had seven grabs for 72 yards.
Luckily, Dallas was able to survive their porous defensive effort, with one of their best statistical offensive performances in recent memory.
After the win, the Cowboys (1-1) will face another tough test defensively, as they head to Seattle to take on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks next Sunday afternoon at 3:25, in America's game of the week on Fox.