FRISCO, Texas - Jerry Jones has won three Super Bowls as owner of the Dallas Cowboys.
He watched three of his drafted players and Super Bowl building blocks - quarterback Troy Aikman, receiver Michael Irvin and running back Emmitt Smith - inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He witnessed Smith surpass Walter Payton as the NFL's all-time leading rusher.
And he, too, knows the absolute joy of being inducted into the game's most glorified institution as a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Yet Jones said he has never experienced a feeling quite like the one he had on Sunday afternoon as he watched Greg Zuerlein's 46-yard kick sail through the uprights as time expired to secure the 40-39 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The victory in the Cowboys' home opener - the first game played at AT&T Stadium in eight and a half months - required overcoming three first-quarter fumbles and deficits of 20 points early and 19 points at halftime.
"I really can't," Jones said on Tuesday on his radio show on KRLD 105.3 The Fan when asked if he had ever had a feeling like the one he had on Sunday. "We won't forget this one. I won't forget this one. This was a thrill. Was an exciting day for us and an exciting time for our team really. We can build on this."
Running back Ezekiel Elliott said that the Cowboys came out flat and it was a game they shouldn't have won.
Statistics would agree.
Before Sunday, teams that scored at least 39 points without a turnover, as did the Falcons, were 440-0. Now they are 440-1.
And with 2:32 left to play in the fourth quarter, the Falcons' win probability was 99.9%, according to ESPN. Before Sunday, another ESPN stat said that teams were 1,875-6 when leading by 15 or more points in the final five minutes of regulation over the past 20 seasons.