Sunday Night Football: Cowboys too much for Colts in fourth quarter of a 54-19 beatdown

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The Colts held on as long as they could, but the dike finally broke, and when it did, it was a flood of points.

The Colts trailed 21-19 heading into the fourth quarter. They lost 54-19 as the Cowboys scored the fifth-most points in team history with a barrage of points in the final period.

Dallas improved to 9-3, while Indianapolis fell to 4-8-1.

The Colts had four turnovers in the fourth quarter and five for the game. The Cowboys scored 33 points in the fourth quarter, including a 38-yard scoop-and-score by ex-Colts safety Malik Hooker. (Hooker also had a first half interception.)

It was all fun and games for the Cowboys in the final stanza.

Their final three offensive scoring drives covered 53, 72 and 29 yards following two interceptions by DaRon Bland and a fumble recovery by Sam Williams.

Matt Ryan finished 21-of-37 for 233 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions, and Jonathan Taylor ran for 82 yards on 22 carries. Ryan was sacked three times.

Dak Prescott was 20-of-30 for 170 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. CeeDee Lamb caught five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, and Michael Gallup had four receptions for 23 yards and two touchdowns.

Tony Pollard had 12 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and Ezekiel Elliott ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 17 tries.

39 responses to “Sunday Night Football: Cowboys too much for Colts in fourth quarter of a 54-19 beatdown

  1. Matty Ice trying to move up on the all time passing yard list. It’s embarrassing. He may catch Rivers but it will be touch and go to catch Ben R.

  2. Well Titans fans, some good came out of todays games. Another pathetic prime-time game. Maybe if the Dolphins-Niners had played tonight instead, maybe Jimmy Glass isnt lost for the year but now Shanahan once again has to prove he can win without him. It doesnt matter if the wins are ugly, just win Purdy.

  3. Dallas loves beating up on the cupcakes. Too bad they can’t beat the good teams. And Matt Ryan, retire already you bum.

  4. Aaron Rodgers has won a game when trailing by more than 1 point in the 4th quarter against teams that had a winning record both at the time of the game and the end of the regular season.

  5. @ nagyisterrible: You mean the way Dallas beat Minnesota 40-3? Or the way they beat the Bengals? Or the way they beat the Giants…..TWICE?

  6. That’s wasn’t just a win. That was a complete dismantling of Matt Ryan and the Colts.

  7. This game only stayed on SNF because Cowboys…Aside from Dolphins/49ers there really wasn’t a game worth flexing in (CBS probably protected Chiefs/Bengals)

  8. The Colts looked like a team coached by a TV guy. The QB looked like he should be on TV.

  9. Cowboys always beat up on mediocre teams. Look up their record against playoff teams. Bounced on the first round of the playoffs. Book it.

  10. Cowboys usually beat up on really bad teams. Then lay an egg vs good teams. Looking at their schedule, they will only lose ONE more time this season when they play the eagles. The other 4 opponents are Texans, Jaguars, Titans, and commanders.

  11. Going to be funny when the Cowboys sign OBJ and get knocked out in the first round by a decrepit Brady.

  12. Hey Jimmy, how is that no experience coach working out for you now. Tonight’s game was an embarrassment to you and all Colt fans. Go raise another banner.

  13. nagyisterrible says:
    December 4, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Dallas loves beating up on the cupcakes. Too bad they can’t beat the good teams. And Matt Ryan, retire already you bum.

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    The best strength of victory in the league on top of the highest strength of schedule in the league, along with decisive routs of 4 of the current playoff bound teams prove that the Dallas Cowboys are beating up on everyone. Facts don’t care about feelings.

  14. nagyisterrible says:
    December 4, 2022 at 11:47 pm
    Dallas loves beating up on the cupcakes. Too bad they can’t beat the good teams. And Matt Ryan, retire already you bum.

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    Who doesn’t?

    But also, they’ve beaten teams with winning records to include the Bengals, Giants (twice), Vikings and Commanders.

  15. Lol, I somehow picture Irsay seeing its close going into the fourth (in a game you would think they would be getting blown out by then) and calling down to the sidelines “Ok guys thats enough, preserve the pick.”

  16. My Pats may be a bad football team right now, but the Colts are absolutely putrid. The DeflateGate karma is real!

  17. Playing well and only being up 2 points vs a bad team in prime time at home is getting it done? They were lucky to even be leading, the first lamb TD was as flukey as possible & Gilmore scores if he catches the first INT. Once the colts got down 2 scores late, it was over, that team can’t play from behind. The score is not indicative to how the game went. The cowboys championship week is this week with OBJ & Super Bowl is xmas eve vs the eagles, once the bullets are really live, “America’s team” will show us the team we’ve been accustomed to for 25+ years.

    wttoolman says:
    December 4, 2022 at 11:39 pm
    America’s team showing the rest of the NFL how it’s done!!

  18. I remember last year when Dallas hung 50 points on a Covid-ravaged Washington team that had practice squad players in the lineup. Dallas fans were dancing in the streets proclaiming they were Super Bowl bound. I’m getting that same vibe again. Might wanna pump the brakes slightly….

  19. Justin Morris says:
    December 5, 2022 at 2:30 am
    Cowboys usually beat up on really bad teams. Then lay an egg vs good teams. Looking at their schedule, they will only lose ONE more time this season when they play the eagles. The other 4 opponents are Texans, Jaguars, Titans, and commanders.

    That’s what good teams do – win the games on your schedule. All NFC East teams play the Colts, Titans, Texans and Jags…and Commanders.

  20. The Colts are who we thought they were. The short term boost from firing the head coach and reinstating a rested Matt Ryan are now long gone.

    Sure Matt Ryan looked marginally better after he was reinstated as a starter because he hadn’t been taking any hits for a couple of weeks. 1 win followed by 3 losses later are they really any different than when Frank Reich was the coach? Ryan has been sacked 35 times and is the most intercepted player in the league despite being benched for a few weeks.

    The whole Saturday hire makes for good theater but not good football. Lose out the rest of the way and draft a QB like a normal team.

  21. Dallas smashed the same Colts that darn near beat the Eagles.

    The NFC East is going to interesting in the next few weeks. The Christmas Eve Dallas/Philly game is going to be HUGE.

  22. themadpoochman says:
    December 5, 2022 at 6:19 am

    The best strength of victory in the league on top of the highest strength of schedule in the league, along with decisive routs of 4 of the current playoff bound teams prove that the Dallas Cowboys are beating up on everyone. Facts don’t care about feelings.

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    Decisive routs against 4 playoff bound teams? Other than the Vkings, who have they routed? 28-20 over Giants, 23-16 over Giants, 20-17 over Bengals on a last second FG. How are wins decided by 3, 5 and 8 points decisive routs over playoff teams? Meanwhile Dallas has TWO losses to teams with losing records (and with Dak). Playoff bound Tampa Bay beat them 19-3 and the 5-7 Packers beat them. Oh…and the 11-1 Eagles beat Dallas 26-16. In 7 games with Dak, 5 are against losing teams. Buccaneers, Packers, Lions, Bears, Colts and they are 3-2 vs those teams.

  23. The Colts are a bad team. They were bad before Saturday was hired and will continue to be bad until they get better players.

  24. Remember that time earlier in the season the Eagles needed a miracle to pull their Chestnuts out of the fire against this putrid Indy team?
    Remember the Eagle fans dancing and saying how that was a gritty win showing character and is proof of a championship caliber team?

  25. Dallas has a habit of padding its season with blowouts of bad teams only to find that good teams in the playoffs are there for a reason.

  26. RoofDude says:
    December 5, 2022 at 10:12 am
    Dallas smashed the same Colts that darn near beat the Eagles.

    The NFC East is going to interesting in the next few weeks. The Christmas Eve Dallas/Philly game is going to be HUGE.
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    Would that be like saying the Eagles beat the same Packers that beat the Dak led Cowboys? Does that even matter?

  27. Dallas looked good, but it was against a terrible team. Indy is trying to win the draft since it’s obvious they can’t win anything else at this point.

  28. TheTruth says:
    December 5, 2022 at 12:57 pm
    Would that be like saying the Eagles beat the same Packers that beat the Dak led Cowboys? Does that even matter?

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    No. It would be more like the Eagles getting owned by a Commanders team the Cowboys own.
    Tell us how great the Eagles are after they have beaten a Dak QB led Cowboys team.

  29. lollygagger8 says:
    December 5, 2022 at 12:08 pm
    It’s embarrassing to be a Colts fan right now

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    The team fled Baltimore in the middle of the night. When had it not been embarrassing ? Even Johnny Unitas disowned the team

  30. touchback6 says:
    December 5, 2022 at 1:48 pm
    Good thing Irsay got involved. He’s a great leader and owner. lol

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    Did he express his regrets for pulling a Deshawn Watson? Oh wait, that was our team’s owner

  31. TheTruth says:
    December 5, 2022 at 12:57 pm
    No. It would be more like the Eagles getting owned by a Commanders team the Cowboys own.
    Tell us how great the Eagles are after they have beaten a Dak QB led Cowboys team.

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    Eagles lost to the commanders in the flukiest game in the world. Turnovers galore, fluky fumbles, etc etc etc. Thats why its so hard to go undefeated and why its only been done once in the NFL. Eagles would beat the Commanders 8 or 9 out of 10 times. I actually would LOVE to play them in the playoffs.

    Now back to they media hype machine that is Dallas year in and year out. Dallas is good, I am gonna be real with you. But Philly is on another level. You guys keep bringing up excuses “oh you didnt play us with Dak”. STOP. Eagles will win on christmas eve with Dak in the lineup but I promise you… there will be some other excuse smh. Just stop lol.

  32. TheTruth says: December 5, 2022 at 12:57 pm No. It would be more like the Eagles getting owned by a Commanders team the Cowboys own. Tell us how great the Eagles are after they have beaten a Dak QB led Cowboys team.

    ——————————————–

    Eagles lost to the commanders in the flukiest game in the world. Turnovers galore, fluky fumbles, etc etc etc. Thats why its so hard to go undefeated and why its only been done once in the NFL. Eagles would beat the Commanders 8 or 9 out of 10 times. I actually would LOVE to play them in the playoffs. Now back to they media hype machine that is Dallas year in and year out. Dallas is good, I am gonna be real with you. But Philly is on another level. You guys keep bringing up excuses “oh you didnt play us with Dak”. STOP. Eagles will win on christmas eve with Dak in the lineup but I promise you… there will be some other excuse smh. Just stop lol.

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