Atlanta Falcons loss to Cowboys was worse than Super Bowl 51
The Dallas Cowboys provided another stunning loss for the Atlanta Falcons.
Anger and frustration consumed the Atlanta Falcons fan base for hours after the final whistle blew Sunday in Dallas. Seemingly under the leadership of Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff, this franchise keeps finding new ways to lose football games.
A lot of things have to go wrong for a team to blow a 20-0 first-quarter lead and every single one of those things took place on Sunday.
One thought that I keep coming back to is this one – this loss was worse than the loss in Super Bowl 51.
There will be a lot of people that read that line and call me names, talk about how dumb Blogging Dirty is, and that we are out of our minds, but provide me a few minutes to at least explain why I keep coming back to this thought.
In the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, the Atlanta Falcons were playing with house money. No one expected them to be there. Remember, just two weeks prior, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were supposed to beat the brakes off the Falcons.
The Falcons had a lot of inner turmoil on the coaching staff and despite those issues, they were able to focus on the task at hand and win games.
Sure, being the first team in NFL history to blow a lead like that in the ultimate sporting event that this country offers is embarrassing but what happened in Dallas Sunday is even worse.
The Patriots continue to be the greatest dynasty in professional sports history. In 20 years, they have won their division 14 times and played in nine different Super Bowls. In Super Bowl 51 they featured the greatest head coach and defensive mind the game has ever seen and the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.
When you look at the three Super Bowl losses that they have to the Giants and Eagles, they faced teams that had dominant defensive lines. The Falcons defensive line in 2020 is better than what they featured in 2016.
You lost a game in embarrassing fashion but at least you lost it to the best dynasty, coach, and player to ever play the game.
Sunday in Dallas had anything but those elements for the Atlanta Falcons.
You have seen the stats – prior to Sunday, teams that scored at least 39 points and had zero turnovers were 440-0 in NFL history as well as teams that scored at least 39 points, had zero turnovers, and forced at least three takeaways were 285-0 in league history.
Now teams are 440-1 and 285-1 when those things happen.
Not only did you make NFL history in that regard but you did it against a team that features Dak Prescott at quarterback, a coach who got fired two years ago from a franchise he led to a Super Bowl because he wasn’t innovative enough and the Cowboys had six starters missing the game.
The Cowboys team that came back and embarrassed you did so while missing 27 percent of their starting 22.
Once again another incredible game from Matt Ryan was wasted. This has been the only constant of his career. People will continue to blame Matt for missing a throw here and there or the fact that he doesn’t run a 4.3/40 somehow means he is unable to win games.
Once again coaching, play calling, schemes, and designs all led to the Atlanta Falcons have the most embarrassing loss in NFL history. While Dan Quinn can call this team “resilient” no one knows how to come back from a loss this epic because no one has ever had to do it before.