5 Quick Facts: Cowboys @ Falcons
Halfway through the season you say? We’re just getting started. Atlanta Falcons, you’re up. Read up and get ready for Sunday’s game!
The Match Up:
Dallas faced the Falcons two times in the postseason – the 1978 and 1980 NFC Divisional Playoff games. Dallas won both post-season meetings.
Records and Milestones:
Dez Bryant (currently at 71) needs one touchdown to overtake Bob Hayes as the franchise leader in receiving touchdowns!
Dak Prescott (currently at 39) needs one passing touchdown to become the eighth player in team history to reach 40 career touchdowns.
Jason Witten (currently at 35) needs five receptions to give him 40 on the season for his 14th consecutive season. This would tie as the third-most by an NFL player and the fifth player, second tight end, to do so consecutively!
There’s a First Time for Everything
The first time these two teams met, Dallas headed to Atlanta for the third game of the 1966 season. Dallas opened the season 2-0 and extended its win streak to three games to open the season after handing the Falcons a 47-14 loss on Oct. 2 in front of 56,990 fans.
Oh What a Date – This week’s game at the Atlanta Falcons is being played on Nov. 12. In the 57 years of Cowboys football, there have been nine (9) Nov. 12 games. The Cowboys hold a 5-4 record when playing on Nov. 12. They have faced Pittsburgh, New Orleans, St. Louis, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Arizona, San Francisco and Cincinnati. Dallas’ first-ever Nov. 12 game came in 1961, a 37-7 loss to Pittsburgh. Its last Nov. 12 game was in 2006, a 27-10 win over the Cardinals.
*Note: Sunday’s Cowboys-Falcons kickoff is 3:25 PM central. The telecast is on FOX and the radio broadcast can be heard on The Dallas Cowboys Radio Network. The game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.