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Revs push defending champs to the brink, but season ends courtesy of “one big play”

ATLANTA – In a single-elimination playoff format, games – and therefore, entire seasons – are often decided by one moment. It could be a mistake, or it could be a flash of inspiration. But it’s always a moment.

That was the case on Saturday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the New England Revolution’s remarkable 2019 campaign came to an end at the hands of the defending champions, Atlanta United FC, who claimed a 1-0 win in front of 66,114 in Round One of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The moment arrived in the 70th minute.