Cowboys win overtime thriller, 35-29
But in the end, they did what they needed to do, securing a Greg Zuerlein field goal with less than a minute to go to send the game into overtime before CeeDee Lamb ended his career day with a 35-yard touchdown. to seal the victory. .
Overall, the Cowboys ran 32 games against 17 for New England, finished with 567 yards of attacking versus 335 for the home team, and posted a possession time of 39:27 to 26: 51. And thankfully, they also came out on top where it mattered most – on the scoreboard.
The Cowboys’ running game has struggled at times, totaling 122 yards with Ezekiel Elliot winning just 69. He topped 1,500 career running attempts during the day, the third-tallest in the book. team records and only the 15th NFL player to do so in his first 77 Games.
Still, he also added 50 receiving yards as part of a full aerial effort. Dak Prescott completed 70.6% of his passes for 445 yards, the sixth-highest total of his career, with three touchdowns for a 108.7 passer rating.
And Lamb was the big beneficiary of that offensive attack as he had nine passes for 149 receiving yards, both personal best, with two touchdowns for the second multi-scoring game of his young career. What’s more, he’s tied Herschel Walker as the fastest Cowboys with 100 career receptions, in just 22 games. In total, Prescott connected with eight different receivers in the win.
For the first time this season, the Cowboys allowed two touchdowns in the first quarter, a start that would put them in a 14-7 hole.
Nothing went well for the team on their first possession. A penalty on the kickoff put them on their own 12-yard line to start, which was followed by a questionable hold call on Tyron Smith as well as a questionable no-call on a possible late kick on Prescott. Dallas was then stopped short on the third and fourth and 1 on its own 34-yard line to return the ball on the downs. Head coach Mike McCarthy contested the spot after the second attempt, but to no avail, with the Cowboys also losing a timeout in the process.
Given their excellent field position, the Patriots only needed three games to reach the end zone. Running back Damien Harris interrupted a 21-yard gain to open the series before recovering the ball two snaps later for the score of 4 yards.
But after that disappointing start, the Cowboys started rolling. Perhaps having learned a lesson, they took to the air this time around. Prescott was good on all six attempted passes, including 18 and 17 yard passes to tight end Dalton Schultz and wide receiver Amari Cooper, respectively. Tight end Blake Jarwin got the scoring honors, however, bringing in a one-yard pass from Prescott to level things off.
Unfortunately, the Patriots showed no sign of slowing down, needing just four games to run 75 yards to the goal line. Achievements of 14, 22 and 20 yards did the damage, the latest a pass from Jones to tight end Hunter Henry for the touchdown.
Prescott finished the first 15 minutes with 161 passing yards, the most in the NFL’s first quarter this season and the third-tallest in the first quarter in franchise history.
The Cowboys just couldn’t stop injuring themselves, hitting the red zone three times in the second quarter but failing to score a touchdown, and worse yet, flipping the ball twice.
They went on a 13-game long practice that took 7:02 clock and hit the New England 16-yard line. But on the third and 9, Prescott attempted to thread one into the Cedrick Wilson spreader in the end zone, only for the pass to slip away and land in the arms waiting for safety Kyle instead. Dugger.
In their ensuing practice, the Patriots appeared to have their third touchdown of the game only to see the play canceled by their first penalty. It was the aggressiveness of defensive end Randy Gregory that drew the call, which was immediately called in the next snap by Gregory who became the quarterback and not only sacked Mac Jones but also forced a fumble. . The prize was picked up by rookie Chauncey Golston to end the threat and give the ball to Dallas on his own 48-yard line.
The Cowboys nearly hit a touchdown in their next series, but Wilson couldn’t keep a 12-yard pass into the right corner of the end zone. That left Zuerlein hitting a 30-yard field goal, with Dallas now down four.
And then the wind seemed to turn. The Dallas defense forced a New England punt after a quick three-and-out, but special team Luke Gifford crossed the middle of the line and blocked Jake Bailey’s punt attempt. . Gifford also caught the bouncing ball and then brought it to the Patriots’ 17-yard line. It was the Cowboys’ first blocked punt since Donnie Jones turned his back on Philadelphia on September 20, 2015.
Dallas even came down to the 1-yard line and on a third attempt to cross the goal line, Prescott appeared to enter. But officials condemned him, without gain. The Cowboys then took the shot on the fourth down, but this time Prescott lost control of the ball as he attempted to dive over, and New England recovered the fumble in the end zone, the score remaining 14-10 at the break.
The teams traded punts early in the third quarter before Dallas finally found its offensive rhythm. Starting from their own 9-yard line at the 9:18 mark from the frame, Prescott and his company came down the field with the quarterback hitting Elliott for 18 yards, Noah Brown for 27 and Schultz for 20 more. Lamb finally got the score, a one-yard pass from Prescott who was the 2,500th touchdown in franchise history and the most important in the NFL since 1960.
As time passed in the fourth quarter, Dallas was on the move again. They paused when Wilson recovered his own punt return, but after that Prescott sliced through the Patriots secondary with Lamb picking up 13, Elliott 12, then Lamb again for a big 33-yard gain. They reached the New England 27-yard line, but had to settle for a 45-yard field goal from Zuerlein.
But just when Dallas seemed to have control of the game, the Patriots caught on. Having been virtually unable to do anything since the first quarter, New England turned to their rushed offense, running the ball eight times in 13 games, chewing 6:50 clock. Rhamondre Stevenson made his way from the 1-yard line to give the Patriots the score and lead 21-20 with 6:23 remaining.
Dallas had a chance to regain the advantage and Prescott put his troops within shooting range of the Patriots’ 33-yard line. But Zuerlein’s 51-yard attempt sailed wide to the left, leaving any chance of victory in the hands of the Cowboys defense. They needed a stop.
Instead, they got so much more. That’s when Trevon Diggs caught a pass from Jones that was irrelevant, the cornerback recouping the 42-yard interception for his second pick-six of the season. It also gave Diggs seven interceptions in six games, which tied Hall of Fame Rod Woodson (1993) for most interceptions in six games in a season.
The celebration, however, did not last long as in the Patriots ‘next snap, Diggs bit a double kick from Kendrick Bourne who recovered Jones’ pass and ran 75 yards without touching for the score. New England managed to convert the two-point conversion to take a 29-26 lead.
But Dallas still had time, taking over with 2:05 left on the clock. That’s when Prescott led his team for 40 yards in nine games, his pass to Lamb for 24 yards putting them at the Patriots’ 31-yard line with 24 seconds left. Zuerlein then came out for a 49-yard field goal, his attempt is good to send the game into overtime.
The Cowboys defense first did their part by forcing a punt on New England’s opening extra frame possession. And then Prescott and Lamb got to work.
From their own 20-yard line, the pair combined for three of the seven plays on the disc, connecting on 14-yard passes, 7 for a first down, then a big 35-yarder that saw Prescott hit Lamb deep. across the middle, the catcher strutting intact for the winning touchdown.
While all three of the division’s opponents lost earlier today, the Cowboys earned their fifth straight victory to take a sizable lead in the NFC East.