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Cowboys Shock Steelers In Pittsburgh To Earn Eighth Straight Win

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Cowboys Show Team Cohesiveness To Win On The Road

The Dallas Cowboys stun the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road with a thrilling 35-30 victory Sunday afternoon. The Cowboys were down early, however their team stability an continuity propelled them in their road win over Pittsburgh. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott orchestrated another game winning drive to put Dallas in the driver’s seat in the NFC.

The first quarter was dominated by the Steelers for the most part. Pittsburgh was able to find the end zone twice in the first with two short touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger. Each time the Steelers scored they went for two and were denied. The Dallas defense was getting gashed left and right as Pittsburgh moved the ball with ease to open the game.

Near the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter is when Dallas put together a few drives to get some points. They began to play like a team as Ezekiel Elliott ended the first quarter with with an 83 yard touchdown reception from Dak Prescott that came on a screen play. The Cowboys would go on to add three more points in the second quarter with a 53 yard field goal from Dan Bailey. The Steelers would eventually score again with a little under five minutes remaining in the half with another field goal. The Steelers led Dallas 15-13 at the break.

Pittsburgh would open the second half with a quick three points to take a 18-13 lead. The Dallas defense would shutout the Steelers the rest of the third. The Cowboys found ways to get guys involved late in the third quarter as Prescott was finally able to connect with Dez Bryant for a big score. Bryant caught a 50 yard touchdown pass from Prescott as Bryant was able to burn his man deep. That single play gave the Cowboys life as the team prepared for a monstrous 4th quarter.

Dallas and Pittsburgh would swap the lead four times in the 4th quarter. The Cowboys led 23-18 to open the final period. All the action came in the second half of the quarter. Le’Veon Bell had a 1 yard rushing touchdown with just under eight minutes to give the Steelers a 24-23 lead. The Cowboys would put together a nice drive that would have seemingly put the game out of reach. Elliott ran into the end zone from 14 yards out to give Dallas a five point advantage with 1:55 remaining in the game. The very next possession for Pittsburgh was capped off with a 15 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. The Steelers moved the ball quick and looked like they were going to survive at home.

They kicked the ball back to Dallas with 42 ticks left on the clock. Dallas had the ball on the road with a rookie leading their team in a hostile environment. Prescott was unshaken. Prescott and the Cowboys‘ offense moved the ball with a few quick plays into Pittsburgh territory as they stunned Steelers fans with a 32 yard touchdown run by Elliott to officially seal the deal. The Cowboys would end up winning 35-30.

Dak Prescott had his first 300 yard performance Sunday and it couldn’t have came at a better time. Prescott completed 22 out of 32 pass attempts for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He played at a high level for the majority of the contest and led the Cowboys on yet another game winning drive. So far this season Prescott has thrown 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions.

After failing to reach the 100 yard mark in the previous two contests, Ezekiel Elliott was able to break that barrier on Sunday. Elliott rushed for 114 yards off of 21 carries and added 95 receiving yards with three total touchdowns. It was by far his best overall performance of his rookie season. His abilities to contribute in different ways for this team are exactly why they drafted him with the fourth overall pick.

Dez Bryant also was able to get back on track with a big game as well. He had 116 receiving yards and a touchdown in this one. Bryant was able to beat his defenders multiple times and gave Prescott some solid windows to throw the ball into. His big moment was on the 50 yard play that gave Dallas the lead going into the fourth quarter.

Dallas played like a team Sunday and they showed their mental and physical toughness. They are sitting at 8-1, which is the best record in the NFL right now. Two rookies have provided this franchise with a spark and the results show that. The Cowboys showed that they can beat one of the league’s best teams on the road, even with a rookie quarterback. The Cowboys will face the Ravens next Sunday.