The Dallas Cowboys were able to pull away late in a very tight battle against their NFC East rivals, the New York Giants, winning 30-10.
For the 6-6 Dallas Cowboys, their playoffs started in Week 14 of the regular season against their old NFC East divisional rivals, the New York Giants. For Dallas, every game is a must win if the team has any hopes of earning a Wild Card bid in the playoffs.
In a mistake-filled game, the Cowboys were able to pull away from the Giants in the fourth quarter, exploding for 20 points in a 30-10 victory. For Dallas, whom have had their second half issues this season, the win was also aided by the fact their defense didn’t allow New York to score a single point after halftime.
For only the third time in his two-year career, and for the first time this season, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw for over 300 yards in this game. Prescott ended the pivotal contest completing 20 of his 30 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns.
After two disappointing drops, Dez Bryant‘s 50-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter helped tie the game at 10 heading into halftime. The veteran wide out finished the day catching three passes for 73 yards and that score.
Tight end Jason Witten had one catch in this matchup. It was for a 20-yard go-ahead touchdown with just over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.
But the Cowboys leading receiver was actually running back Rod Smith, who racked up five receptions for 113 yards and a game-breaking 81-yard touchdown catch in the final frame. Smith also rushed for 47 yards and a score on six carries.
Leading the Cowboys in rushing yardage was veteran running back Alfred Morris, who ran for 62 yards on 19 carries.
Defensively, the combination of linebackers Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens stole the show. Lee ended the day racking up an incredible 18 total tackles and an interception. Hitchens contributed 14 combined tackles of his own. Safety Jeff Heath had ten total tackles to go along with a game-sealing interception.
The 7-6 Dallas Cowboys will hit to road once again to face the 6-7 Oakland Raiders in California. That Week 15 game is scheduled for Sunday night, December 17th at 7:30 p.m. CST.