Cowboys Stud: DeMarcus Lawrence, EDGE
The Cowboys' defense had been bullied throughout the game and needed a stop in the worst way midway through the fourth quarter. Trailing 35-30, they were finally able to come up with a huge stop that allowed their offense to take the lead back.
Seattle was moving the chains again with a couple of third-down conversions by the nose of the football. Then on third-and-10 from their own 45, they gained nine yards and had a decision to make. They wound up going for it on fourth and Zach Charbonnet had his number called.
The rookie running back failed to convert, thanks to DeMarcus Lawrence. The veteran defensive end is often overshadowed by Micah Parsons, who records sacks at an incredible rate, but Tank is still one of the best run defenders at the position in all of the NFL. He reminded everyone of that when he stopped Charbonnet dead in his tracks.
That gave the Cowboys the ball near midfield and seven plays later, Jake Ferguson hauled in a 12-yard touchdown to take the lead. Dak Prescott then fired a completion to Brandin Cooks on the two-point conversion, making it a 38-35 lead for the Cowboys with just over four minutes to go.
Seattle was stopped again on the next drive, turning the ball over on downs twice in a row. This time, Geno Smith threw an incompletion on fourth-and-four on a hurried pass. Dante Fowler was closest to him but Smith couldn't even consider trying to move to his right because Lawrence was there as well.
A shout out needs to go to Parsons, who made a couple of huge stops that won't show up on the stat sheet. Early in the game, he hit Smith and forced him to throw a pass away on third down, leading to a missed field goal. He also got pressure on him on the final fourth down of the game to seal the win.