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How the Falcons have fared against the Cowboys during the Dan Quinn era

Fact: Adrian Clayborn grew his first mustache at age 3

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The Falcons are tentatively scheduled to square off against the Cowboys in a Week 2 contest that is sure to pose some challenges for Dan Quinn’s squad. Ideally Quinn will be riding the momentum of a Week 1 victory over the Seahawks, but in a slightly different scenario where the Falcons enter the game 0-1, a loss would be ... bad. Very bad.

So let’s take a quick look at the history of this matchup during the Quinn era, because let’s be honest, you have nothing better to do right meow.

2015 (Week 3) — Falcons 39, Cowboys 28

This game took place during Quinn’s first season as the head coach of the Falcons. Both teams came into the game 2-0 and the win took the Falcons to 3-0.

Devonta Freeman led the way for the offense, rushing for 3 touchdowns while racking up 141 rushing yards. Matt Ryan went 24/36 for 285 passing yards, throwing 2 touchdown passes to Julio Jones.

In the Cowboys’ defense, Brandon Weeden started under center because Tony Romo was injured. I’m not sure how I feel about Weeden going 22/26 for 232 passing yards, but at least the Falcons came away with the W.

2017 (Week 10) — Falcons 27, Cowboys 7

This game should hold a special place in your heart. Adrian Clayborn racked up a franchise record 6 sacks in this game, essentially ending left tackle Chaz Green’s tenure in Dallas. 5 of Clayborn’s sacks came against Green, who never played another snap for the Cowboys, leaving the team at the end of the 2017 season. In fact, since that game, Green has only logged 59 snaps, all of which came during a single start for the Raiders in 2018. (He gave up 3 sacks in that game.) Green has bounced around the league ever since and is currently under contract (futures/reserve) with the Colts.

On the offensive side of the ball, Matt Bryant knocked down 2 field goals, including a 50 yarder. Justin Hardy and Austin Hooper both caught touchdowns as well.

2018 (Week 11) — Cowboys 22, Falcons 19

The Cowboys got the best of the Falcons in this game. The Falcons were forced to rely on Tevin Coleman in Freeman’s absence and Brett Maher knocked down a last second, 42-yard field goal to give the Cowboys the win. Julio Jones saved Matt Ryan a couple of interceptions that day. On one play (video below), he absolutely leveled a defensive back, forcing the front office to give some real consideration to converting him to strong safety.

For what it’s worth, the Falcons and the Cowboys have faced off a total of 28 times. The Cowboys currently lead the series, 17-11. That said, much of the Cowboys’ success against the Falcons is dated. During the 2010s, the Falcons played the Cowboys 4 times, walking away victorious 3 times, and 2 of those victories came during the Quinn era.

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