What a finish!? After missing a PAT earlier in the game, Brett Maher kicks the game-winning field goal as the clock ticked to zero.
There are many things to criticize in Dak Prescott’s play, but his perseverance is unquestioned. “Box-score-analysts” would look at Dak’s stats and claim Dak played rather mediocre. He did not have a spectacular game, but he made the plays necessary to win the game. On the last drive, Dak converted on a 3rd and long to Cole Beasley. That play allowed the Cowboys to run the ball and get in a comfortable position to kick the field goal.
The MVP of the game was once again, Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott seemed to get at least five yards on every carry. The offensive line created huge holes for Ezekiel Elliott. Even Xavier Su’a-Filo, starting left guard, constantly reached the second level and blocked linebackers and safeties. Elliott was the leading rusher, and receiver, racking up 122 rushing yards and 79 receiving yards. He also added a touchdown on the ground to make it a two-score game.
The defense played at an elite level. Many had questions for how the secondary would control Atlanta’s receivers. For the most part, they held up pretty well. Julio Jones did catch six receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown. But overall, they eliminated the deep-chunk plays by Matt Ryan.
The defensive line, though ridden with injuries, created much-needed pressure on the QB. DeMarcus Lawrence was all over the field, slowing down screens, turning the edge, and getting his hands on Matt Ryan. Lawrence ended the game with five tackles and one drive-ending sack.
For the second straight week, Leighton Vander Esch recorded an interception on a tipped ball off the hands of none other than, Calvin Ridley. Once again, LVE was a highlight machine. On one play, he tackled the offensive lineman who was blocking him AND the ball-carrier.
This win brings the Cowboys to a 5-5 record, one behind Washington, leading to an intense matchup this Thanksgiving day.