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Falcons-Cowboys final score, highlights: Atlanta loses on game-ending field goal


ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons (4-6) ended up on the wrong side of yet another close game inside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, losing on the final play of the game, a 42-yard field goal by Brett Maher that gave the Dallas Cowboys (5-5) a 22-19 victory.

Matt Bryant back to money form

In his first game back for the Falcons since suffering a hamstring injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Matt Bryant looked like his usual self. The 43-year-old kicker made all four of his field goal attempts on Sunday, hitting from distances of 21, 41, 45 and 53 yards.

Julio Jones: Professional hitman

If he weren't an All-Pro wide receiver, Julio Jones could have a career as an All-Pro safety. Jones prevented a likely interception by eviscerating safety Jeff Heath and jarring the ball loose with the tackle.

Jones finished the game with six catches for 118 yards and a 34-yard touchdown catch that tied the game deep in the fourth quarter.

Battle of the rookie linebackers

Two rookie linebackers were on the field a lot on Sunday, and both Foye Oluokun and Leighton Vander Esch looked impressive.

Oluokon, a sixth-round draft pick, has improved as his first NFL season rolls along, and he continued to make plays at a reliable clip on Sunday. Oluokon led all Falcons defenders with eight tackles in the game, and his play time has notably increased throughout the year.

Vander Esch, a first-round selection, was the best defensive player on the field for the Cowboys Sunday, recording eight tackles, three pass defenses and an interception off a tipped pass. 

For more in-depth analysis from during the game, you can check out our in-game live blog below.

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