Cowboys push win streak to 10
Prescott, Elliott spark victory over Redskins; Lions rally past Vikings
Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott keep winning for the Cowboys, even with Kirk Cousins setting records for the Redskins.
Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, Elliott ran for two and the Cowboys extended their franchise record with a 10th straight victory, beating the Redskins 31-26 on Thursday in Arlington, Texas.
“Over and over and over again, at critical moments, he came up with a big play, whether it was a third down, down in the red zone, again and again and again he just played winning football for us,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Prescott. “He did the things that winning quarterbacks do.”
Elliott, the NFL rushing leader, had the fourth score on five straight second-half touchdown drives between the teams with a 1-yard run for a 31-19 lead in the fourth quarter. He had 97 yards to give him 1,199 for the season.
“Over time, you keep running the football, you’re going to wear them down,” Garrett said. “He made some big runs late that were critical. It really broke their back.”
The NFL-leading Cowboys (10-1) won despite 449 yards passing and three touchdowns from Cousins, the first Redskins quarterback with two 400-yard games in a season. Cousins, who was 41 of 53 and finished 8 yards shy of his career high, became the first Redskins quarterback with consecutive 350-yard games since Jay Schroeder in 1986. He had 375 last week against the Packers.
The Redskins (6-4-1) were swept by their NFC East rival. Lions 16, Vikings 13: Matt Prater kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired after Darius Slay returned an interception 13 yards with 30 seconds left, lifting the Lions into sole possession of first place in the NFC North.
“I felt pretty confident we were going to close the game out at the end,” Prater said.
The Lions (7-4) have won six of seven, including two against the Vikings this month, despite trailing in the fourth quarter of every game this season.
They extended their NFL record of having their first 11 games decided by seven or fewer points.
The Vikings (6-5) have lost five of six, plummeting out of first after surging to the top of the division by winning their first five games.
They could have played for overtime on their last drive Thursday, but coach Mike Zimmer allowed Sam Bradford to throw toward the sideline, and Slay made him regret it.
“He’s as good as they come in those situations,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’s kind of got a knack for it. He’s a bit of a riverboat gambler.”
The standout cornerback stepped in front of Adam Thielen to pick off the pass and returned it to set up Prater for the winning field goal.
Matthew Stafford went 23for-40 for 232 yards and a 2-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin. Prater kicked three field goals. Steelers at Colts: The Steelers had not won on Thanksgiving in 66 years.
But the Steelers (1-6 on the holiday) had never squared off against Scott Tolzien.
With QB Andrew Luck in the concussion protocol, backup Tolzien was expected to start. Tolzien had thrown one regular-season pass since 2013.
The Steelers (5-5) were tied with the Ravens for first place in the AFC North.
But the Steelers scored just one offensive touchdown Sunday against the winless Browns. Terrance Williams, left, stays in bounds for a touchdown catch in the second quarter of the Cowboys’ win.