The Eagles going belly-up to the Rams was made even worse when the Cowboys pulled off a miracle to beat the Falcons.
It was one of the all-time gags for a Falcons team, which four years ago blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl. On Sunday, Atlanta was up by 15 with five minutes left. Not easy to do.
It took an onside kick that seemed to defy physics, plus a 26-yard drive led by Dak Prescott to set up Greg Zuerlein’s 46-yard field goal at the buzzer to give Dallas an improbable 40-39 victory.
The Cowboys won despite losing the turnover battle 0-3 and being stopped twice on fake punts. Atlanta led 29-10 at the half when the 21,708 in attendance at AT&T Stadium booed their team.
“I don’t know if I’ve been in many games like this thing,” said Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, who threw for 450 yards and sneaked in three short touchdowns. “But to be able to get the win, and in front of those fans that were there, stayed the whole game, they didn’t give up on us. That was a huge difference.”
Best wishes for Saquon Barkley who left Sunday’s game with a knee injury after he was awkwardly twisted down in the first half of the Giants' loss at Chicago.
Barkley had four carries for 28 yards. He had to come out of the game after he suffered an apparent shoulder injury on his previous carry. Barkley was replaced by former Eagle/Patriot/Titan Dion Lewis, who 20 yards on 10 carries.
Early reports are that Barkley suffered a torn ACL. “Obviously," head coach Joe Judge said, "we are all praying for the best.”
It was a rough week for Barkley, who was criticized by former Giants Super Bowl-winning running back Tiki Barber after New York’s loss to Pittsburgh on Monday.
“Saquon Barkley might not be an every down back,” Barber said on his radio show. “He cannot pass protect. It’s becoming glaring ... and it’s going to be a liability.”
Barkley, who was held to six rushing yards on 15 carries in Week 1, turned the other cheek by saying he doesn’t pay attention to those outside the Giants locker room.
New York’s running backs have run the ball 30 times in two games for 55 yards.
San Francisco lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, running back Raheem Mostert, and two key defensive linemen Sunday. Good thing they were playing the Jets.
Initial reports are that Garoppolo has a high ankle sprain, Mostert has a sprained MCL, and Nick Bosa, the reigning defensive rookie of the year, has a torn ACL. Solomon Thomas, who would have helped fill the void left by Bosa, left with his own knee injury two plays later. His prognosis also is unclear.
This is all notable for Eagles fans since the 49ers, who already were without George Kittle, Richard Sherman and Deebo Samuel, host the Eagles in two weeks.
He said it
"It’s tough to put a loss like that in place. 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.”
-- Head coach Dan Quinn of Atlanta, which hosts the 2-0 Bears in Week 3.
Saints 5.5 RAIDERS (48.5), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
JAGUARS 2.5 Dolphins (44), 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)
PATRIOTS 6.5 Raiders (NL), 1 p.m.
BILLS 3 Rams (44.5), 1 p.m.
STEELERS 6 Texans (45), 1 p.m.
49ers 6.5 GIANTS (NL), 1 p.m.
Titans 2.5 VIKINGS (45.5), 1 p.m.
BROWNS 6.5 Washington (44.5), 1 p.m.
EAGLES 6 Bengals (45.5), 1 p.m.
FALCONS 3 Bears (48), 1 p.m.
COLTS 9.5 Jets (45), 4:05 p.m.
CHARGERS 6.5 Panthers (NL), 4:05 p.m.
CARDINALS 5.5 Lions (51), 4:25 p.m.
Buccaneers 6 BRONCOS (44.5), 4:25 p.m.
SEAHAWKS 4.5 Cowboys (NL), 4:25 p.m.
SAINTS 4.5 Packers (NL), 8:20 p.m. (NBC)