Former Cowboys wide receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin could not contain his excitement over Dallas’ comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Irvin’s former team looked done for in the first quarter since they already trailed the Falcons by 20 points. The Cowboys came dangerously close of opening the season 0-2. However, the Cowboys fought back throughout the second half and rallied for its first win of the season.
“Everybody was waiting to smash us! I’m telling you, those Cowboy haters, they were out there,” a hyped up Irvin said after the game on the NFL Network. “And just when you thought you were ready to spit on the grave of the Dallas Cowboys, that’s when we raised our hand up and said, ‘We’re not dead yet and we’re still in this thing!'”
Irvin wasn’t the only one to go crazy over the Cowboys comeback. Owner Jerry Jones’ reaction to recovering the onside kick that helped the team win was caught on camera. And the footage went viral almost immediately. A masked Jones is seen vigorously pumping both fists out of excitement in the short clip.
Cowboys Pull Off An Impressive Comeback Win
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot and quarterback Dak Prescott each lost costly fumbles early on. Consequently, the fumbles resulted in 20 straight points in the first quarter for the Falcons.
At halftime, Dallas still trailed by 19 points. Yet, late in the fourth quarter and down by 15 points, Prescott and company quickly scored two touchdowns. With less than two minutes left in regulation, the Cowboys called an onside kick and ran the play to perfection.
All the Falcons had to do was jump on the slow rolling football to likely end the game by running out the rest of the clock. However, the Falcons’ players during the kick return surprisingly let the ball roll too far and the Cowboys took advantage. Accordingly, after recovering the onside kick, Dallas was able to go on to kick the game-winning field goal.
Kicker Greg Zuerlein successfully made the 46-yard attempt as the clock expired. Therefore, Dallas officially overcame the largest first-quarter deficit to result in a win in franchise history.
The loss struck a chord for Atlanta and their fans. Many NFL fans took to social media to remind others that the Falcons blew a similar 28-3 lead in Super Bowl 51. New England’s Super Bowl win was the largest comeback in NFL history for the big game.
“It’s tough to put a loss like that in place,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said after the game on Sunday. “I told the team there has to be a lesson in the pain of that loss. We’ll work into that as we put in preparation for next week, but definitely that one stings.”
Dallas will try to keep the ball rolling in Week 3 when they face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. In addition, Atlanta will look for their first win at home against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
[H/T New York Post]