The Dallas Cowboys are now 8-1 and look like the best team in the NFC after their nail biting win over the Steelers by a score of 35-30. This game went back and forth the entire second half, but the Cowboys were able to get the last punch when Ezekiel Elliott ran for a 32 yard touchdown with 9 seconds left in the game. The Cowboys are absolutely rolling and they look the team to beat.
The defense this game really struggled to corral Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and Ben Roethlisberger, but they found a way to get it done. The defense allowed 448 total yards, but did not allow the Steelers to convert any of their four two-point conversion attempts. They did what they had to do to get the win.
Besides the fumble on the first possession of the game for the Cowboys, Dak Prescott played lights out once again. He threw for a season and career high 319 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his touchdowns were a thing of beauty.
On his first touchdown, it was all Ezekiel Elliott and the offensive line. It was a perfectly designed screen pass and Elliott went 83 yards for a touchdown at the end of the first quarter. The blocks on the play were amazing and Elliott could not have gone the distance without them.
The game ball without a doubt has to go to Dez Bryant who decided to play in this pivotal game despite his father passing away less than 24 hours prior to game time. He made his dad proud and scored a touchdown on a 50 yard bomb from Prescott.
Bryant dedicated this game to his dad and it was clearly tough for him to contain his emotions after his touchdown. Bryant ended the game catching 6 of 9 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown. It was great to see Bryant have his best game of the season and help Dallas get a big win.
Here is what Bryant said after the game regarding the death of his father:
Ezekiel Elliott was a force to be reckoned with. He ran 21 times for 114 times and caught just two passes for 95 yards and three total touchdowns. He was unstoppable the whole game.
I already showed you his receiving touchdown in the first quarter, but it was his two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter that won Dallas the game. His first rushing touchdown came on Dallas’ second to last possession of the game. He found the hole in the offensive line and ran 14 yards for the score.
His second touchdown is what got Cowboys fans the most excited. After a fake spike by big Ben, he threw it to Antonio Brown for a 15 yard touchdown that caught everyone off guard. The touchdown gave the Steelers a 30-29.
The Cowboys got the ball back with 42 seconds left. After a 5 yard catch by Jason Witten and a 15 yard penalty added on because of a facemask penalty, the Cowboys were set up at the Steelers’ 32 yard line. Then, with the assistance of the offensive line, Elliott took it to the house and the Cowboys won. The plan was to take the clock all the way down to one second and kick a field goal, but Elliott wanted more.
Forget rookie of the year, Elliott should be in the running for MVP. He is the Cowboys’ first rookie running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since the Hall of Famer, Tony Dorsett did it in 1977. He is an amazing talent and was well worth the fourth overall selection.
Other game notes:
- The current 8 game win streak ties the franchise record for longest win streak that was set in 1977
- Byron Jones set a career high in total tackles in a game with 12
- This was Cole Beasley‘s first game of the season without at least 53 receiving yards
- Dak Prescott has 10 passing touchdowns the past 4 games, he had only four in the first five games of the season
After this huge win, the Cowboys come home for week 11 to play the 4-4 Baltimore Ravens.