Dak Prescott tossed three touchdown passes to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 27-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 20 in Arlington, Texas.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is pressured by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Albert McClellan, left, and defensive end Timmy Jernigan, right, in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (Jose Yau/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)
The Cowboys win extended their win streak to nine consecutive games as they lead the NFL with the best record at 9-1. It also ended a two-game winning streak for the Ravens, who still leads the AFC North division with a 5-5 overall record.
Baltimore started out in a good rhythm on both offense and defense; they forced two straight three-and-outs on the Cowboys’ offensive unit and jumped out to a 7-0 lead after Terrance West ran in a 18-yard touchdown.
But Prescott took over the game from the second quarter on, leading Dallas on five consecutive scoring drives. It started with a 3-yard touchdown pass to slot receiver Cole Beasley that tied the score at 7-7 in the second quarter. Both teams kicked field goals to make it 10-10 at halftime. Prescott then found Dez Bryant for two touchdown catches in the second half that pushed Dallas ahead, 24-10.
Baltimore Ravens’ Steve Smith (89) gains yardage after catching a pass as Dallas Cowboys’ Sean Lee (50) gives chase in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Baltimore cut the lead to 24-17 with eight minutes left in the game after quarterback Joe Flacco connected with receiver Steve Smith Sr. on a 5-yard touchdown pass. But a red-hot Prescott made several clutch passes on third-downs to extend the drive and burn more than six minutes off the clock before the Cowboys set up a game-clinching 21-yard field goal to extend their lead to 27-17 with only 1:53 left.
Prescott finished with 27 of 36 pass attempts completed for 301 yards and three scores; Bryant led Dallas with six catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
Cowboys rookie star running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for 97 yards on 25 carries.
Flacco completed 23-of-35 for 269 yards and a touchdown; Smith Sr. had eight catches for 99 yards and a score.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco throws a pass as Dallas Cowboys’ Terrell McClain (97) pressures in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Dallas dominated Baltimore in the time possession battle, holding the ball for 35 minutes to Baltimore’s 24 minutes with the ball.
Next: The Ravens (5-5 overall, 3-0 AFC North) will host the divisional rival Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1 overall, 1-1 AFC North) on Nov. 27 in Baltimore, Md.