FOXBORO, Mass. – Dak Prescott rolled to his left and gave a pass to wide receiver CD Lamb. Lamb caught it for 10, running toward the end field for a game-winning 35-yard score.
After 25 long years, the Cowboys had defeated the Patriots.
They enter their bye week riding high 5-1, their fifth consecutive win of the season.
As regulation neared its end, it looked like neither team was willing to turn. Cowboys cornerback Trayvon Diggs extended his interception-every-game-this-season streak with a 42-yard pick six to give the Cowboys a 2:36 lead in play. Then, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones dropped receiver Kendrick Bourne for a 75-yard touchdown pass at 2:21 clock.
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If you wanted Prescott to pass for more first-quarter yards (161) this season than any QB, you got it. If you wanted the Cowboys to hit the ball not once but twice in the red zone, you got that too. Decisive scoring touchdown? Check. Failing and succeeding in fourth-down attempts? Check. A strip sack, a blocking punt and penalties galore? Everyone entered the rotation before halftime. The Cowboys more than doubled New England’s possession time in the first half – and are still 4 points behind.
As they trend, caretaker questions emerge, leaving fans to wonder if Prescott had actually stuck in the end zone on third and goal attempt from the 1-yard line. But replays didn’t have enough evidence to overturn the goal’s short decision. And in fourth place, Prescott’s effort from the top of the pile fell short.
Overall, the Cowboys defense was still bled for a plethora of big plays — Jones leading a 75-yard touchdown — in the air and on the ground, but Randy Gregory, two leading sacks from defensive end, helped slow the bleeding.
Jones made a great game. A rookie who completes 15 out of 21 passes for 229 yards and scores two. But in overtime, the Patriots offense only managed once before he was forced to punt.
Prescott delivered a 7-play, 80-yard scoring drive in overtime, his 17th career game-winning drive. Only three players in the league have built up more in that section.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick applauded the Cowboys’ pick-your-poison offense during the week and eventually covered 567 yards.
Prescott completed 36 of 51 passes for 445 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Lamb caught nine passes for 149 yards and two scores including the game-winner.