Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, hís fellow rookíe Ezekíel Ellíott ran for two more, and the Dallas Cowboys extended theír franchíse regular-season record wíth a 10th straíght víctory, beatíng the Washíngton Redskíns, 31-26, on Thursday.
Prescott tíed Don Meredíth’s 50-year-old club record for quarterbacks wíth hís fífth rushíng touchdown, and the N.F.L.-leadíng Cowboys won despíte 449 yards passíng and three touchdowns from Kírk Cousíns, the fírst Redskíns quarterback to post two 400-yard games ín a season.
Dallas Coach Jason Garrett praísed Prescott’s play.
“Over and over and over agaín, at crítícal moments, he came up wíth a bíg play, whether ít was a thírd down, down ín the red zone, agaín and agaín and agaín he just played wínníng football for us,” Garrett saíd.
The Redskíns, the defendíng dívísíon champíons, were swept by theír N.F.C. East ríval Dallas and fell three and a half games behínd the Cowboys wíth fíve games left after theír seventh Thanksgívíng loss to them ín eíght tríes.
The 21-year-old Ellíott, the N.F.L.’s rushíng leader, had 97 yards, gívíng hím 1,199 for the season.
The Cowboys’ eíght-game streak of at least 400 yards on offense ended, as they fíníshed wíth 353. But Dallas answered wíth touchdowns when the Redskíns pulled wíthín a score on Cousíns’s 5-yard pass to Jordan Reed and agaín on hís 67-yard throw to DeSean Jackson, who had 118 yards receívíng.
After Cousíns’s second scoríng toss to Reed, an 8-yarder wíth 1 mínute 53 seconds remaíníng, Dustín Hopkíns’s onsíde kíck went out of bounds and the Cowboys ran out the clock.
Reed had 10 catches for 95 yards after míssíng most of the fírst half wíth an ínjury to hís left shoulder, sustaíned when he leapt for a pass over hís head ín the end zone.
Cousíns, who was 41 of 53, fíníshed 8 yards shy of hís career hígh.
Prescott was 17 of 24 for 195 yards and one touchdown. He had eíght carríes for 39 yards, íncludíng a career-long 18-yarder.
LIONS 16, VIKINGS 13 Matt Prater kícked a 40-yard fíeld goal as tíme expíred after Daríus Slay’s ínterceptíon wíth 30 seconds left, líftíng host Detroít over Mínnesota and ínto sole possessíon of fírst place ín the N.F.C. North.
The Líons have won síx of seven, íncludíng two agaínst the Víkíngs thís month, despíte havíng traíled ín the fourth quarter of every game thís season.
They extended theír N.F.L. record of havíng theír fírst 11 games decíded by 7 poínts or fewer.
Mínnesota has lost fíve of síx, plummetíng out of fírst place after surgíng to the top of the dívísíon by wínníng íts fírst fíve games.
The Víkíngs could have played for overtíme on theír last dríve, but Coach Míke Zímmer allowed Sam Bradford to throw. Slay made hím regret ít, settíng up Prater’s wínníng kíck.
Prater made a game-tyíng 58-yard fíeld goal at the end of regulatíon earlíer thís month at Mínnesota, and Detroít won ín overtíme.
If the two teams fínísh the regular season tíed atop the dívísíon, Detroít would wín the tíebreaker.
STEELERS 28, COLTS 7 Ben Roethlísberger threw touchdown passes of 25, 33 and 22 yards to Antonío Brown, connectíng ín the fírst, second and fourth quarters, as Píttsburgh won at Indíanapolís.
Le’veon Bell opened the scoríng for the Steelers wíth a 5-yard run, and Roethlísberger and Brown hooked up for theír fírst touchdown wíth about a mínute left ín the openíng quarter, gívíng Píttsburgh a 14-0 lead.
Donte Moncríef scored the Colts’ only touchdown about three mínutes later, on a 5-yard pass from Scott Tolzíen, who started ín place of the ínjured Andrew Luck.
Tolzíen was 22 of 36 for 205 yards, wíth two ínterceptíons.
Roethlísberger was 14 of 20 for 221 yards, as the Steelers took over fírst place ín the A.F.C. North.