The Times-Tribune

’Boys bounce back vs. Bucs

Dallas remains 2 games ahead of Giants in division.

- BY SCHUYLER DIXON

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott celebrated a short touchdown run by jumping into an oversized Salvation Army red kettle and the Dallas Cowboys closed in on home-field advantage in the playoffs with a 26-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.

The Cowboys (12-2) bounced back after their franchise-record 11-game winning streak ended, hanging on after what looked to be a festive night following Elliott’s antics turned tense when Jameis Winston rallied the Bucs from a 17-3 deficit to a 20-17 lead.

Making his debut in the Sunday night spotlight, Winston threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns but had four turnovers, including an intercepti­on that led to Dan Bailey’s 38-yard field goal that gave Dallas a 23-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Tampa Bay (9-5) had its five-game winning streak snapped and fell a game behind Atlanta in the NFC South.

Dallas stayed two games ahead of the New York Giants in the NFC East.

 ?? RON JENKINS / ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott is pushed out of bounds by Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Keith Tandy.
RON JENKINS / ASSOCIATED PRESS Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott is pushed out of bounds by Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Keith Tandy.

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