FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Dak Prescott rolled out to his left and heaved a pass to wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. Lamb caught it at the 10, racing toward the end zone for the game-winning 35-yard score.
After 25 long years, the Cowboys had beat the Patriots.
They enter their bye week riding high at 5-1, their fifth straight victory of the season.
As regulation neared its end, it seemed neither team was willing to fold. Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs extended his interception-every-game-this-season streak with a 42-yard pick six to give the Cowboys lead with 2:36 to play. Then, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones hit receiver Kendrick Bourne for a 75-yard touchdown pass with 2:21 left on the clock.
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If you wanted Prescott passing for more first-quarter yards (161) than any QB this season, you got it. If you wanted the Cowboys turning the ball over not once but twice in the red zone, you got that too. Decisive scoring touchdowns? Check. Failing and succeeding fourth-down attempts? Check. A strip sack, a blocked punt and penalties galore? All entered the rotation before halftime. The Cowboys more than doubled New England’s time of possession in the first half — and still trailed by 4 points.
Officiating questions surfaced as they tend to, fans wondering whether Prescott had actually snuck into the end zone on third-and-goal attempt from the 1-yard line. But replay lacked sufficient evidence to overturn the short-of-goal ruling. And on fourth down, Prescott’s attempt over the top of the pile slipped loose.
In all, the Cowboys defense was still bled for an excess of big plays — Jones’ 75-yard touchdown chief among them — in the air and on the ground, but two key sacks from defensive end Randy Gregory helped slow the bleed.
Jones played a poised game. The rookie completing 15 of 21 passes for 229 yards and two scores. But in overtime, the Patriots offense managed just one first down before they were forced to punt.
Prescott delivered a 7-play, 80-yard scoring drive in overtime, his 17th career game-winning drive. Only three players in the league have constructed more in that stretch.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick had lauded the Cowboys’ pick-your-poison offense during the week and ultimately ceded 567 yards.
Prescott completed 36 of 51 passes for 445 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Lamb caught nine passes for 149 yards and two scores including the game-winner.