Bryant tosses TD, catches 2 more


The Denver Post - - FEATURES - By Schuyler Dixon

ar­ling­ton, texas» Dez Bryant threw his first ca­reer touch­down pass be­tween a pair of scor­ing catches, Ezekiel El­liott ran for two TDs and the Dal­las Cow­boys kept Detroit from clinch­ing a play­off berth with a 42-21 pound­ing of the Lions on Mon­day night.

With home-field ad­van­tage al­ready wrapped up, the Cow­boys didn’t let up in their sev­enth straight home win while match­ing their fran­chise record in vic­to­ries, reached two other times.

The big­gest sign the Cow­boys (13-2) were se­ri­ous about this one came late in the third quar­ter, when Bryant took a re­verse pitch from Dak Prescott and tucked the ball as if plan­ning to run be­fore pulling up and toss­ing a lefty lob to Ja­son Wit­ten for an easy 10yard TD and a 35-21 lead.

Wit­ten, the Cow­boys’ usu­ally stoic 14th-year tight end, flashed Bryant’s cel­e­bra­tory “X’’ when the of­tenex­u­ber­ant wide re­ceiver made the sig­nal in his di­rec­tion after the touch­down.

Detroit quar­ter­back Matthew Stafford lost in a visit to his home­town team again, after a wild-card play­off de­feat two years ago.

While the Lions (9-6) missed a chance to clinch a play­off berth with their sec­ond straight loss fol­low­ing five con­sec­u­tive wins, they still con­trol their post­sea­son fate. Detroit plays Green Bay (9-6) for the NFC North ti­tle in the teams’ fi­nale Sun­day night.

El­liott, the NFL rush­ing leader, had a 55-yard touch­down run in the first half and fin­ished with 80 yards on only 12 car­ries. He has 15 touch­downs rush­ing, two off the league lead.

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