FOXBORO, Mass (NWN) – Dak Prescott threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to CD Lamb in overtime, and the Dallas Cowboys escaped a wild end to beat New England 35-29 on Sunday, over Bill Belichick’s Patriots His first victory.
Dallas had not won in New England since 1987 and was 0–5 against Belichick. The Cowboys (5-1) have won five straight, their longest win since 2016.
The Cowboys led 17-14 as they entered the fourth quarter, and the fun began. Teams traded five points in this period, three in the final 2 1/2 minutes.
New England (2-4) tied for a 21–20 lead when sensational Cowboys cornerback Trayvon Diggs intercepted rookie Mac Jones and returned it for a touchdown from 42 yards – his seventh pick and second pick of the season. -Six – 26-20 to put Dallas forward. In the next play of scrimmage, Jones hit Kendrick Bourne for a 75-yard score. Jones approached Jacobi Meyers for a 2-point conversion.
But Prescott led the Cowboys on a 40-yard drive and Greg Zuerlein’s 49-yard field goal sent it to overtime. Dallas ended it after New England took their first possession in the OT as the Patriots fell 0-4 at home for the first time in Belichick’s 22 years as coach.
Prescott finished 35 of 51 for 445 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, but he suffered a calf strain in the final game of the game and will be assessed on Monday. Lamb made nine catches and two scores for 149 yards.
Jones finished 15 of 21 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and that crucial interception, and Damien Harris ran for 101 yards and a score 18 times.
The Patriots, who came in to allow 19.2 points per game, did a fine job keeping Dallas’ second-place offense away until Prescott broke through in the second half. He hit Lamb in the corner of the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown and made it 17-14 in the third quarter.
Dallas extended their lead on Zuerlen’s 45-yard field goal at the start of the fourth.
But New England responded, getting into the red zone on a 21-yard run by Damien Harris. After five plays, Ramondre Stevenson drove it inside from 1 yard and the Patriots pointed back.
Dallas had a chance to regain the lead before Diggs intercepted it, but Zurlein’s 51-yard field goal effort had 2:47 left.
New England took the ball in the first overtime and picked one down first, but Jones had an incomplete pass on the third and third, the Patriots punts and did not get the ball back.
Prescott led the Cowboys 80 yards in seven plays, ending the game when he faked a handoff, rolled right and found a wide-open lamb that went into the end zone.
Penalties and turnover negated touchdowns by both teams in the first half.
Trailing 14-7, Dallas had a 44-yard pass to Cedric Wilson, which was canceled by a penalty on left tackle Tyron Smith for illegal use of the hand.
It was one of five violations on Dallas in the first quarter that cost the team 56 yards.
The Cowboys still managed to drive the Patriots to 16, before a pass to Wilson was tipped by Justin Bethel and stopped in the end zone by Kyle Duggar.
The Patriots appeared to be adding to their lead on a 25-yard TD pass from Jones to Meyers in the second quarter, but their first penalty of the day, a hold on left guard James Ferrantz, pulled off the scoreboard.
New England gave it away in the next game when defensive end Randy Gregory blew Yodney Kajste’s rear right arm and freed the ball when he sacked Jones from behind. Chauncey Golston returned for the Cowboys, scoring a 30-yard field goal that put Dallas 14–10.
New England were attempting a punt earlier in the day on their next possession when Luke Gifford broke through to block the kick and recover it in the Patriots’ 17.
The Cowboys moved up to 1, where they attempted a fourth-down sneak by Prescott. Officials ruled the game a touchdown on the field, but a review showed that the ball was freed by linebacker Jahn Bentley and retrieved by the Patriots before crossing the goal line.
Cowboys: CB Maurice Kennedy was assessed for a stroke in the second quarter after a collision at kickoff. … LT Tyrone Smith walked into the third quarter with an ankle problem.
Patriots: S Adrian Phillips was ruled out in the first quarter with a foot injury. … CB Jonathan Jones was ruled out with a rib injury in the first quarter. … LB Christian Barmore (shoulder) and Chase Vinovich (hamstring) were both sidelined in the third quarter.
Diggs’ pick-six was his league-leading seventh interception of the season and second return for a touchdown, and he tied the NFL record of six straight games with at least one pick to start the season.
Among those who shared the record is the late Tom Landry, who coached the Cowboys for their first 29 seasons.
Cowboys: Goodbye next week.
Patriots: Host the New York Jets next Sunday.
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