Your Atlanta Falcons vs Dallas Cowboys game recap

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 12: Adrian Clayborn
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 12: Adrian Clayborn /

Atlanta Falcons defeat the Dallas Cowboys and move to 5-4 on the season.

Atlanta Falcons fans, no, you did not enter a time warp into 2016. The Falcons team you watched today is in fact your 2017 Atlanta Falcons. And this 2017 squad defeated the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 27-7.

After the Cowboys intercepted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan early on in the game and Atlanta lost running back Devonta Freeman to a concussion, the Dirty Birds remained the course and produced an impressive win. Notably, Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn set the organization’s single game sack count, taking Cowboys quarterback “Dak” Prescott down a total of six times.

Ryan completed 22 of 29 passes for a total of 215-yards and two touchdowns. Atlanta running back Tevin Coleman rushed for a season high 83-yards and one touchdown. Falcons receiver Julio Jones had six receptions for 57-yards and his receiver teammate Taylor Gabriel had three catches for 58-yards.

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Atlanta’s offense looked good, 2016 good. The Falcons will most likely have to play the next game or two without Freeman, but they showed today that they are capable of producing with the personnel on the field.

Atlanta’s defense forced and recovered two fumbles. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn’s defense looked solid.

This was a much needed win for Atlanta and positions them to enter the playoff picture. With a win next week against the Seattle Seahawks, the Falcons will become the 6th playoff seed in the NFC. After that, the Falcons close out the season with six more games, four of which will be played at home.

The biggest takeaway from today’s game? Confidence. Atlanta built confidence. The Falcons players appeared focused, especially on defense. And the offense produced an outcome that rises to the level of their capability. Confidence and winning can fix a lot.

Great win for Atlanta. Time to move on to the 6-3 Seahawks.