- This was the first game for Dallas without its running back Ezekiel Elliott. Instead of sticking to the run-first game plan they had used in the past but with different running backs, Dallas seemed to rely too heavily on the pass game and Dak Prescott’s scrambling ability. With an injury to one of Dallas’ key offensive lineman, Atlanta was able to dial up a huge amount of pressure through the day, getting a total of eight sacks, six of which came from the same defensive-end. Because the Cowboys deviated from the run game, and never made any adjustments to help mitigate some of the pressure coming at Prescott, the higher coaching marks go to Dan Quinn’s staff for this game.
- The Falcons orchestrated an excellent offensive game plan, running and passing the ball well, and taking large amounts of time off the clock in the 2nd half. It looked like the Falcons passing game was able to find an edge against Dallas’ secondary. Dallas lost one of its key defensive players Sean Lee in the 1st half, and by the 4th quarter the defense looked like it was out of gas. Atlanta was able to score on its opening drive of the 2nd half and took up about half the quarter while doing it. It consistently left some time on the play clock when they should have been burning as much as possible to protect its lead in the 4th quarter, but overall credit to Atlanta for getting back on track with this impressive performance.