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Five plays that shaped the Cowboys’ dominating win over the Falcons – Blogging The Boys

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What a difference a week makes. After the Broncos humbled the Cowboys last week, Mike McCarthy’s team responded in the best way possible. Not only did Dak Prescott look noticeably sharper, but the rest of the team played like the dominant Cowboys we’ve seen all year.

The result was a monstrous victory that was over by halftime. The Falcons even pulled several of their starters by the end of the third quarter, a stunning white-flag waving by NFL standards…….

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What a difference a week makes. After the Broncos humbled the Cowboys last week, Mike McCarthy’s team responded in the best way possible. Not only did Dak Prescott look noticeably sharper, but the rest of the team played like the dominant Cowboys we’ve seen all year.

The result was a monstrous victory that was over by halftime. The Falcons even pulled several of their starters by the end of the third quarter, a stunning white-flag waving by NFL standards. Everything came easy in the Cowboys’ 43-3 win, but these five plays helped put the game away early.

Mike McCarthy wins his challenge and brings up a fourth down for the Falcons

Getting the ball to start the game, Prescott and the offense got back into rhythm quickly and scored a touchdown. But the Falcons offense was in a groove too, and it wasn’t long before they were in the red zone.

Facing third-and-seven from the Dallas 17-yard line, Matt Ryan threw a strike to Russell Gage, who got dealt a devastating blow from Jayron Kearse. The officials signaled a completed catch at the Cowboys five-yard line, but Kearse sprinted to the sideline to implore McCarthy to challenge the ruling.

He did, and the replay clearly showed that Kearse knocked the ball loose. The call was reversed and the incompletion resulted in a fourth down. Atlanta took the field goal – their only points of the day – but Kearse’s big hit prevented a first-and-goal situation that likely would have resulted in the Falcons tying the game.

Jourdan Lewis locks up Kyle Pitts on third down

Early on, it was evident that the Falcons thought they could see success by throwing at Jourdan Lewis. But Lewis didn’t seem to get the memo, because he made several big plays in the first quarter.

After the Falcons defense had forced a three-and-out, Ryan had driven the offense to the Dallas 32-yard line with an opportunity to take the lead with a touchdown. On third and seven, Lewis drew rookie sensation Kyle Pitts in press man coverage and Ryan tried to test him.

It didn’t work out, as Lewis broke up the pass and yielded a fourth down. Up until this point, Pitts had tallied three catches for 52 yards and looked unstoppable. Lewis forcing the first incompletion of the day when targeting Pitts was big enough on its own, but doing so on third down was bigger.

Jourdan Lewis breaks up another pass to force a turnover on downs

What a day for Jourdan Lewis. The Falcons made the decision to go for it on fourth down, as a field goal would still …….

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