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This wasn’t 28-3, but the Atlanta Falcons’ latest loss was historically heartbreaking

September 20, 2020

Bless the hearts of the poor fans of the Atlanta Falcons. After the devastating Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots in 2017, the franchise should be exempt from heartbreak for at least 10 years. It’s tough to recover from that. But this is sports, and there are devastating losses every day, and the sports gods don’t care what uniform you root for.

Atlanta Falcons fans had a lot to be happy about through much of their game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. The Falcons led for most of the game Sunday in Dallas—in front of more than 20,000 fans at AT&T Stadium no less—running it up 20-0 to start the game. Unfortunately, after 28-3, Falcons fans know that no lead is safe.

An onside kick led to a game-winning field goal by Greg the Leg Zuerlein, giving the Cowboys a 40-39 victory. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time since 1939 that a team scored 39 points and did not record a turnover … and still lost.

As far as regular-season losses go, this was as brutal as it gets.