Riding a 570 yards total offensive output, the Dallas Cowboys held on against the Atlanta Falcons in a nail-biting victory of 40-39, Sunday, Sep. 20, 2020 in AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Contributing to this victory, Dak Prescott threw the football for 450 yards, and one touchdown. The Cowboys also had a rushing game that produced 125 yards and four rushing touchdowns.
Prescott finished the game with one touchdown, completing 34 of 47 passes. At the end of the day, he finished with 450 yards and no interceptions, and a passer rating of 109.40.
The Cowboys deployed a rushing game led by Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. For the game, Elliott carried the ball 22 times and rushed for 89 yards, leading to one touchdown. Pollard supplemented by carrying the ball two times for a total of six yards. In the passing game, the Cowboys’ top receivers were CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper. Lamb caught six passes for a total of 106 yards, while Cooper contributed with 100 yards from six passes.
Contributing to the victory was a defensive line stats of one sack , no forced fumbles, one tackle for loss, and no defensive touchdowns for the Cowboys.
For the Falcons, Matt Ryan ended the day having completed 24 of 36 passes, leading to 273 yards, zero interceptions and four touchdowns. His performance resulted in a QB rating of 126.30.
The rushing game for the Falcons was led by Todd Gurley and Ito Smith. For the game, Gurley rushed for 61 yards from carrying the football 21 times. Meanwhile Smith carried the ball 5 times for a total of 20 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Falcons included Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. Ridley caught seven passes for a total of 109 yards, while Gage contributed with 46 yards from six passes.
For the game, the Falcons defensive effort yielded four forced fumbles, four tackles for loss and one sack. This was not enough to help their team to a victory.
The Cowboys walked away from the game with an improved seasonal record of 1-0. The Falcons on the other hand, dropped to 0-1 for the season.