Ezekiel Elliott touchdowns lift Cowboys over Steelers

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The Cowboys and Steelers put a flurry of points on the board in the final two minutes of Sunday’s game, but the Cowboys got more of them and they’ll leave Pittsburgh with their eighth straight win as a result.

Ezekiel Elliott sprinted 32 yards for his third touchdown of the game with nine seconds left to play and the Cowboys came back for a 35-30 win that leaves them all alone at the top of the NFC. Elliott also scored on the first play after the two minute warning and on an 83-yard catch while rolling up 209 total yards of offense in another banner day for the fourth overall pick of this year’s draft.

It seemed like the first touchdown might have come a little too soon as the Cowboys could have worked some clock and forced the Steelers to use timeouts if things played out otherwise (which may have impacted the Steelers’ defensive choices), which looked like a big miss when Ben Roethlisberger dusted off the fake spike play and hit Antonio Brown for a touchdown with 42 seconds to play. Dak Prescott hit Cole Beasley and Jason Witten for first downs, though, and a facemask penalty on a second Witten pass set the Cowboys up well within Dan Bailey’s field goal range.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers looked sharp early while scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter, but they slowed in the third quarter and the Cowboys surged into the lead when Prescott hit Dez Bryant for a 50-yard touchdown. It was a beautiful throw, eliciting a response from Tony Romo on the sideline that could be best described as realization that you’re not going back in the lineup because the rookie’s having a really good season.

Prescott was 22-of-32 for 319 yards and Roethlisberger was 37-of-46 for 408 yards and three touchdowns. He wasn’t able to add any points on four attempted two-point conversions over the course of the game and Mike Tomlin’s decision to go for two on those first quarter touchdowns will likely be a subject for discussion because of the impact it had on strategies later in the game.

All of the above came together to make for one of the most entertaining NFL games of the season and the league will surely be hoping for more of the same as a salve for the ratings drop that has generated so much attention so far this season. That will be little salve for the 4-5 Steelers, although seeing the Browns on the schedule for next week might help a bit.

No such consolations are necessary in Dallas as their two rookies continue to shine as brightly as anyone in the league.

90 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott touchdowns lift Cowboys over Steelers

  1. WHAT’S UP PFT? KEEP PICKING THEM TO LOSE.

    Steelers were all excited thinking they won on some weak trick play hahahaha

  2. Tomlin’s press confernce in advance.

    We didn’t have that big play we needed today and they did. This was a tough loss as they all are. We accept that, we acknowledge that, and we need to put the work in to get better.

    There how did I do.

  3. This was the most entertaining game of the year so far. The officials did everything they could to screw it up but the players made plays on both sides. Well done to both teams. A big fat BOOOOOOO to the officials.

  4. Zeke is a beast, Dak is a beast,–the Steelers gave the Cowboys all that they could handle and the rookies came through like Champions, I’m more impressed every week as they develop and learn and get better. Go Cowboys!

  5. I’ll speak on behalf of all Cowboys fans, this is beginning to look like a Super Bowl season. Before you haters go off, remember your team probably hasn’t hoisted as many trophies as us.

    Just saying.

  6. Steelers are just too old and slow to be competitive. Little Ben is great for garbage time heroics but can’t win games anymore. Miami, NE, Baltimore, and now Dallas have stood in line to knock them out cold.

  7. America’s Team is steamrolling towards that 2017 32nd overall pick in the draft. Jerry has recreated that 1990s monsterous team that Jimmy Johnson tried to take solely credit for. It was a team effort obviously that success didn’t follow him to Miami. Jerry lays out the blueprints to success both in business and as GM to a sports team. Giving the green light towards great prospects. Injured? No problem! Thank God I’m a Cowboys fan.

    #superbowlbound
    #americasteam

  8. Isn’t there a rule where you can’t fake a spiking the ball. Maybe it’s college ball, but it was created to keep the QB from being injured.

  9. Great game to watch. Both sides had their chances. Just got one thing to say. HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS !!!!!

  10. Love what’s happening here with my cowboys after a lot of painful loses over the years. That said Romo as always been most of his career he’s getting a bad rep. If Romo had this line and completely ridiculous running game they absolutely would have the same or within 1 game of the same record. Murray is NOT what Elliott is not even close. Whatever I guess we’re winning but still.

  11. Rooney’s needs to hire a game manager on the coaching staff staff to make all in game decisions. Tomlin is in over his head. His in game decisions continue to cost the franchise games. Would Bill Cowher go for 2? I think not.

  12. If you’re gonna roll into the ketchup bowl you gotta beat the refs, too. And that’s exactly what they did. I hope Beasley’s OK after almost getting his head twisted off.

    Best team in the NFL.

  13. Good. Maybe Tomlin will learn his lesson about 2pt conversions. They deserve to lose that game.

  14. You can try to stack the old game stories on top of this fresh beating in hope that people won’t see it… but… it doesn’t matter since everyone saw the carnage and the pittsburgh steelers players will be limping around all week bloody and bruised.

  15. Well I don’t think that Goodell will be suspending Elliot any time soon. Dallas is on a role and that tops abusing a woman every time in the NFL.

  16. Hate the Cowboys but hate the Steelers fans more. How’s it fill to have more fans in your stands from your opponent? Put a fork in the Steelers, they’re done

  17. That was one of the best games I’ve seen, and I’ve been watching football a long time. You can never count Big Ben out, as long as there are a few seconds on the clock, and this kid Dak Prescott is certainly no fluke. He’s the real deal, and the Cowboys are going to be great for a long time.

  18. Congrats to the Cowboys! The Steelers imploded and Dallas did not. One of the better games to watch all season in spite of the coaching mistakes, defensive lapses and horrific officiating. That’s part of what’s lost in how the league looks at itself, football doesn’t have to be perfect to be entertaining but it does need to be allowed to be football and to have the outcome determined between the lines by the players.
    Neither of the games involved the team I root for but compare this game with the Saints/Denver game for example. Non calls and a blown review marred that game and left me feeling screwed for having invested any excitement in it.

  19. The NFCE looks like the strongest division in the NFC this year. Will see how things play out but we could easily have 3 of our teams in the playoffs.

    Been along time since I’ve seen our division this competitive.

    The only games left on our schedule that could stop us from taking home field throughout the playoffs are the rest of our divisional games.

  20. ravensaresuperior says:
    Nov 13, 2016 7:55 PM
    Tomlin’s press confernce in advance.

    We didn’t have that big play we needed today and they did. This was a tough loss as they all are. We accept that, we acknowledge that, and we need to put the work in to get better.

    There how did I do

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    so he just spoke and lmao u were spot on

  21. Ever watch a Cowboys/Steelers game and think that Pittsburgh is getting all the calls?
    If not, you may not be paying much attention, because this happens almost every time the play. Now, I can understand if you call me crazy, a homer, or a conspiracy theorist, but I’m not imaging it.

    Over the last 50 years that these teams have played, here’s the years that Dallas has been called for more penalties

    1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975 (SuperBowl), 1977, 1977 (SuperBowl), 1979, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1995 (SuperBowl), 1997, 2008, 2012, and today’s game, 2016.

    And the Steelers? Ready?

    1982, 2004

    That’s 17 games were the Cowboys were flagged more often than the Steelers, as opposed to 2 for Pittsburgh.

    17-2!

    These are facts. Don’t take my word for it, all the box scores are on pro-football-refernce.com

    If you think this is all in my head, ask any fan of the Browns what they think. Or the Bengals. Or the Ravens. Or the Houston Oilers, jobbed in the AFC championship game. Or the Seahawks, god bless them, who got the mother of all screw jobs in the SuperBowl.

    Cowboys beat both the refs and the Steelers.

  22. The mighty 4-5 Steelers. I wonder when the media will stop calling them a SB candidate?

  23. For those that predicted 3-13 when Romo went down in the preseason… Care to reforecast?

    Go back and watch Mississippi State last year…big miss, huge!

  24. How awesome is it that with everybody including Art Rooney’s ghost knowing that it’s going to Zeke and they bust them wide open like that.

  25. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Nov 13, 2016 8:19 PM

    The mighty 4-5 Steelers. I wonder when the media will stop calling them a SB candidate?
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    Also, their offense is “lethal”.

  26. I know they’re a lot on non-Cowboys fans out there…I get it.

    By the way Zeke is 21 and Dak is 23 and they are the 2nd youngest team in the NFL.

    Jerrah is crazy! Like a fox!

  27. I know many want Tomlin out, but he’s almost 40 games over .500, and who else is available that has those credentials?

    Even if he was hired to satisfy the Rooney Rule, who’s been better in the last 10 years?

  28. The refs were disgustingly blatant in their favoritism towards the Steelers didn’t matter how bout dem cowboys

  29. Not really worried about it. Once the Steelers D becomes dominant again they will be hoisting lombardis again. There D needs much work. I will enjoy watching Dallas implode in the playoffs because it will happen. Watch and see what happens to rookie qbs.

  30. steelcurtainn says:
    Nov 13, 2016 9:20 PM

    Not really worried about it. Once the Steelers D becomes dominant again they will be hoisting lombardis again.
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    I think the Browns are going to win one before the Steelers do.

  31. The Ravens would like to thank the Steelers for the video on what NOT to do to beat the Cowboys. Lesson #1 is kick the extra point when given.

  32. Hate the Cowboys but hate the Steelers fans more. How’s it fill to have more fans in your stands from your opponent? Put a fork in the Steelers, they’re done
    ——————
    What are you talking about? Where were you sitting? So you really don’t have a clue, Except for maybe the fork. I called best case 9-7 after the Dolphins game, talent on the team is there but the coaching is sad. If Tomlin goes I hope Todd Haley stays. Changing OC’s takes time to catch up. They don’t have that kind of time with offensive players.

  33. The ravens don’t have a quarter of the offense that the streakers do…the cowboys won’t be allowing any extra points against those nims

  34. This Seahawks fan saw Dez push off HARD on his TD…that was offensive PI all the way but it wasn’t called of course. I saw a bunch of calls going the cowboys way actually.

    But that doesn’t matter because I also saw the Pit players grabbing facemasks and twisting heads when it was totally unnecessary(already being tackled by someone else) to put the cowboys in FG position at the end when they were previously out of it. The Steelers shot themselves in the foot repeatedly. What was with those meatheads taking shots on the guys clearly out of bounds after the play was over? The ref was right there, it’s like they are truly stupid or can’t control their body once it’s on auto. 15 yard boom, can’t have that.

    That’s what I get for trying to root for another team. What a bummer I’m so glad that isn’t the defense I usually root for. The one I usually root for is the one you saw stone Brady and co. at the goal-line for the win. You know you loved it!

    GO HAWKS!

  35. I’m not a Steelers fan but they should have won that game, they need to lay off the face mask when they tackle.

  36. Elliott for MVP? How about give it to Smith for anchoring that line. How many time this year has Elliott gone un-touched after the first 4-5 yards?? Dak is the MVP, EE is really good but cmon now 3 pro bowl lineman on the same team = gaping holes.

  37. Looking forward to Elliott, Dak & the Cowboys against The # 2 D of the Ravens. Or are they # 1 now?

  38. To the clueless Tomlin haters: Tomlin has never had a losing season. Very few coaches in NFL history can claim that.

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    Record means nothing if you can’t get to the playoffs. If they do not make the playoffs this year, it would be 2 playoff appearances in 5 years. I do know a lot of coaches can claim that. So if he just goes 8-8 every year, he is successful? If not wanting to be mediocre is me being clueless, I guess I am clueless. SMH

  39. ravensaresuperior says:
    Nov 13, 2016 7:55 PM

    Tomlin’s press confernce in advance.

    We didn’t have that big play we needed today and they did. This was a tough loss as they all are. We accept that, we acknowledge that, and we need to put the work in to get better.

    There how did I do.

    _______________________________

    As a Steeler fan… I say you did great; perfect in fact! :/

  40. As a Vikings fan, I was raised to hate the Dallas Cowboys.
    BUT…it’s been a very long time since the “America’s Team” days. They’ve won like think 1 playoff game in 20 years now, so I kinda feel for that vast fanbase. I’d honestly like to see them do well and make a run here.
    Most of this has to to with the hope-dashing injury tsunami that my team has seen, and the relief of having a QB decision not really made by that idiot fossil owner that finally gets great players like Jason Witten and Ezekiel Elliot a crack at a championship.

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