Bryant tosses TD, catches 2 more
COWBOYS 42, LIONS 21
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.