THE VIEW FROM HALFTIME: Falcons 6, Cowboys 3

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons strong safety Damontae Kazee (27) during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta leading defensive slugfest through two quarters.

Given Atlanta’s ability to go up and down the field and the Cowboys relative lack thereof, Dallas has to feel decent about going to halftime training the Falcons, 6-3.

The Cowboys are getting plenty of pressure on Falcons QB Matt Ryan. And Dallas’s offense, with 7 first downs and 110 total yards at the break, is churning a little.

But the Falcons still lead and Julio Jones is a huge reason why.

The Cowboys looked like they had stopped an Atlanta drive when safety Jeff Heath got his hands on an interception. But Jones turned around and reacted to the pass over his head in an instant. Jones tackled Heath as soon as the ball hit the Dallas safety’s hands. Heath dropped the pick and Atlanta kept its drive alive on the next play with Matt Ryan’s 15-yard completion to Mohamed Sanu to the Dallas 43.

Eight plays later, Falcons kicker Matt Bryant booted a 45-yard field goal for a 6-3 lead.

Earlier in the half, another less forced drop kept the Cowboys from taking a 7-0 lead. It appeared Dallas had capped its first offensive series of the game with a Dak Prescott four-yard TD pass to Cole Beasley. But Beasley dropped it in the end zone and the Cowboys had to settle for Brett Maher’s 21-yard field goal.

So the big question for the second half: Can the Cowboys’ offense come alive in the second half like it did last week in Philadelphia?

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