Cowboys end four-game losing streak with late touchdown to upset Vikings

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The Cowboys climbed back into the NFC East “race” — which has turned into a “race” of tortoises — with a 31-28 victory over the Vikings.

The Eagles lead the NFC East with a 3-6-1 record. The other three teams are 3-7. Dallas plays Washington on Thanksgiving Day.

The Vikings saw their three-game winning streak end, and, now at 4-6, face an even steeper climb to a playoff berth.

Andy Dalton found tight end Dalton Schultz wide open for a 2-yard touchdown with 1:37 remaining to cap an 11-play, 61-yard scoring drive. It was the Cowboys’ first victory since Dak Prescott‘s season-ending injury in Week 5.

The Cowboys had scored only 41 points during their four-game losing streak. They gained 378 yards, including 182 rushing, and scored 31 points in Dalton’s return. Dalton missed one game with a concussion and another with COVID-19.

Dalton went 22-of-32 for 203 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in his first win with Dallas.

Ezekiel Elliott had his first 100-yard game, going for 103 yards on 21 carries. He caught a 6-yard touchdown pass, making two catches for 11 yards. Tony Pollard had a 42-yard touchdown run and gained 60 rushing yards on five carries.

Rookie CeeDee Lamb made one of the catches of the season, stretching out for a spectacular 4-yard score.

Dalvin Cook, the league’s leading rusher, gained 115 yards and scored a touchdown on 27 carries. Adam Thielen caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, his 10th and 11th touchdowns this season. His first was a highlight reel one-handed grab.

Rookie Justin Jefferson caught three passes for 86 yards and a touchdown, and Kirk Cousins went 22-of-30 for 314 yards and three touchdowns.

It was not enough.

Cook and Cousins both lost fumbles that were forced by Donovan Wilson.

The Vikings got the ball back on their own 25 with 1:37 remaining, but gained only 4 yards before three consecutive incompletions ended their comeback chance.

45 responses to “Cowboys end four-game losing streak with late touchdown to upset Vikings

  1. Oh good, the Cowboys aren’t even smart enough to be tanking for draft picks. Thanks Jerry.

    Should be playing all rookies, etc. but no, Jerry wants to “win” the NFC East. Good grief.

  2. The Cowboys’ defense, especially the rush defense, has really turned it around the last three weeks. Night and day difference since Poe/Worley got the boot.

  3. They are starting to buy into MM’s philosophy. The defense which looked so Pop Warner
    early on is beginning to play like a team now that Jerry cast the Veteran Free Agent
    Mercenary trash adrift and replaced them with their young high motor draft picks.

  4. calvinhobbes says:
    November 22, 2020 at 7:40 pm
    “Upset Vikings” is an oxymoron.

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    I think you mean a tautology

  5. Imagine rooting for your team to lose when they’re 0.5 games out of first place with six games to play…

  6. Can there even be any more questions at this point?!! As most of you know, I’ve been saying this all season long – the vikings are the team to beat in the NFC!! There should be no doubt of that after their performance today against one of the most historic franchises in the history of the NFL!!!

    And not only did Minnesota have to play against the Cowboys today, they had to play against the refs, as usual!!! There is obviously a directive from the NFL that whoever the vikings play each week should get all the calls and all the breaks!!! It doesn’t matter though – WE WILL PREVAIL!!! The road to the super bowl goes through Minnesota!!!

  7. Funny.
    Unlike the Packers, the Vikings lost to a terrible team.
    Can you Vikings fans stop pretending you have a good team?
    Killing me here with your ego.
    It’s just sad.
    Now run along.
    Go.

    Lost to Andy Dalton.
    On to losing to Teddy Bridgewater.
    Sure, you might beat the Jags.
    Eventually losing to the Bucs.
    Really, at that point you’ll be 5-8 and what will it matter?
    Same old skolololol

  8. The Cowboys are determined to remain in a state of perpetual mediocrity. They’ll probably end up 7-9 or 6-10, compete for a meaningless NFC East title, and guarantee that the top end draft talent is gone before they choose in the coming draft. Why not follow up a pointless season with a pointless off-season, I guess.

  9. yes the D really turned it around. If the Vikings “brain trust” had a brain Cook would have run for 200 easily.

    Cowboy fans might be more delusional than Raider and Saints fans. I would throw in Eagle fans but they are at least knowledgeable about the game.

  10. And what a special division the NFC East Dumpster is. The only thing they are a threat to is Trump’s “Elite Strike Force” legal team for collective losses.

  11. Once again, the Vikings tease their loyal fans into thinking they are a good team. And just when the fans are talking playoffs and even Super Bowl — POOF !! — the balloon pops.
    All I can say is, “how ’bout dem Cowboys”, Vikings fans!!

  12. Cousins screwed up again: fourth and 6, 1:20 remaining, trailing by a FG to tie, he ran to the right, directly into the waiting defender for a sack.
    Sure great stats up to that point. The only silver lining: at least he waited for the last offensive play of his team in this game, to come up empty. More decent than starting screwing the game in the 3 rd quarter, for example, like he did so often.

  13. packer fan trying to be funny but instead showing their ignorance. Now that’s funny.
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    I’d question whether those are actually Packer fans given the posts were made while we were in the middle of a comeback. No self respecting Packer fan is posting on a Viking article during a game like that.

  14. birds of a feather says:
    November 22, 2020 at 8:15 pm
    yes the D really turned it around. If the Vikings “brain trust” had a brain Cook would have run for 200 easily.

    Cowboy fans might be more delusional than Raider and Saints fans. I would throw in Eagle fans but they are at least knowledgeable about the game.
    Says an Eagle fan who thinks Wentz is a superstar and the Eagles will surprise the world in the playoffs.

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    Cowboy fans don’t think they have turned it around nor think they are good.
    They are just not a historically bad defense anymore and play at least to a below
    average NFL level. Which is above the level of Carson Wentz

  15. packer fans trying to deflect their loss by saying at least they didn’t lose to the Cowboys. I guess they forgot the beating the Vikings put on the green and yellows. Scoreboard.

  16. This is a milestone win for the Cowboys, yes? Jerry will be conducting multi-daily pressers regarding this epic win, yes? Congrats on your SB victory!

  17. Defense just doesn’t have the talent right now. Most teams will pick on Viking’s street fa CBs and win. Most.

  18. If your team is 3-6-1 but you are thrilled to be in 1st place even though your team just dropped their second game in a row. If your franchise Quarterback has the worst completion pct. and highest number of interceptions in the NFL but you think if only DeSean Jackson wasn’t hurt things would be great.
    If you believe your back-ups are better than other teams starters and you think if your team
    wins a crappy division they will be the most dangerous team to face in the playoffs
    then you are probably an Eagles Fan.

  19. Cowboys played with some fire and want to, however I just prefer they don’t win this sorry division and end up with 15 or 16 in the draft and finish well below .500..

    I’m only saying what most Cowboys fans feel about the season, I have no problem with them being competitive but dang it keep the wins below 5 please because I really think 6 will win it..sounds crazy but I like the Giant’s or The Football Team

  20. And the dumpster fire in Minny rages on. There’s a tire dump in the vicinity – that’ll be next.

  21. The Cowboys beat a crappy Vikings team in Minnesota. No Cowboys fan is saying they have
    turned it around. What they did was improve. They had to claw and fight just to barely
    pull this game out at the end.
    This is a better Cowboys team than it was 6 weeks ago even with Dak bombing opposing defenses and putting up huge points.
    The defense isn’t very talented but they are playing like a team and keeping an offense
    without Dak in the game.

  22. packertruthvspurpleblather says:
    November 22, 2020 at 9:01 pm
    Nobody wants to see the Vikings in the playoffs.

    Because they stink.

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    Wow that the best you got? Packers can’t run the ball or stop the run and somebody in the Puke Green and baby poop colored jerseys better figure it out in the next six weeks. 66 rushing yards are not gonna win ya alot of games. All three loses the Packer suffered this year were by teams that were more physical. Jags were physical and they almost lost that one. A loss is a loss dont try to justify it by the record of the opponent you played today. Packers lost and will lose MORE games Bucs,Colts and Vikings gave the NFL the blueprint.

  23. I can easily see the Cowboys winning out and entering the playoffs as the hottest team in the league. Cowboys-Colts superbowl. Mark it!

  24. An enjoyable game. Thielen and Cook were impressive, yet the Cowboys finally managed to pull it together enough to win. Not many teams have a backup QB like Dalton. Despite a tendency to throw behind his receivers, he played quite well. Personally, I’m getting a kick out of being 3-7 and only a half game out of first. It’s so 2020. Tank? Hell no! All you need is to get to the dance. After that, anything is possible. How about a 16-0 team with maybe the greatest QB and coach ever losing to a Wild Card also-ran? The only competition the Cowboys have to win the division this year is themselves. We took the undefeated Steelers to the final play of the game with a 4th-string QB on the team for a week. We got this! 🙂

  25. 1:37 left on the clock, we have the ball, we go 4 and out, thats why Cousins will never be an elite quarterback he can’t win in the clutch, never has, never will

  26. Moore and McCarthy have really gotten better at the play calling in the past two weeks. Not as predictable and obviously something that the last two opponents weren’t prepared for.

  27. The critical decision over the bye was to move all world Zack Martin to RT and plug in Conner McGovern, a recent 3rd rounder at RG. This removed walk on Steele from the equation at tackle. Once they FINALLY had the O-line solidified, they were able to run the ball and create plausible play action. I remember 15 years ago when Dallas filled a hole at RT with a guard named Larry Allen… turned out pretty well.

  28. Mike Mccarthy went into half time and told his crew “don’t worry guys, the Vikings will find ways to lose”

    AND THEY DID

  29. The Vikings had the potential for a win streak doing great things for them. Being tied with the Lions for last place in the division doesn’t sound as promising.

  30. At the beginning of the 4th quarter, Fox put up a graphic saying Cousins had the best 4th-quarter passer rating in the league. Near the end of the game, they announced Cousins had a perfect passer rating. The best 4th-quarter QB in the NFL who had a perfect passer rating to that point than proceeded to fail to get a first down when he needed to lead a game-winning drive.

    And no one was surprised.

  31. Packers lost and will lose MORE games Bucs,Colts and Vikings gave the NFL the blueprint.

    ++++

    The Bucs provided the blueprint but neither the Colts or Vikings had anything to do with it.

    If Viking fans were Packer fans they’d be saying Green Bay is 2 plays away from being 8-1-1.

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