Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Falcons, which explains why he was so emotional during Sunday's game. After big plays by the Cowboys' defense -- and there were several -- Brooking would make a beeline for the Falcons' sideline, where he appeared to be shouting at his former teammates and coaches.
After the game, Cowboys linebacker Bradie James told me that Brooking kept shouting the words, "You shouldn't have let me go!" A live feed from the Cowboys' pregame locker room on Jerry Jones' massive video board showed Brooking walking around with a dazed look in his eyes. But after the game, Brooking ran up to several of his former teammates and apologized for his behavior during the game.
Brooking recalls the last conversation he had with Falcons management:
"They told me it was a young man's game," Brooking said. "I guess this old man got a win."
Brooking only finished with two tackles, but he played a large role in slowing down the Falcons' running game and he applied pressure to quarterback Matt Ryan.