Something has to give Sunday at AT&T Stadium.
A Dallas Cowboys team with the best record in the NFL, riding an eight-game winning streak, including a three-game win streak at home, faced off against a Baltimore Ravens team they have never beaten.
Baltimore is the only team in the NFL with a perfect mark against the Cowboys, albeit it’s only been four previous meetings.
Adding even more intrigue was status off veteran Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who was active for the first time since suffering a sustaining a compression fracture in his lower back Aug. 25
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Romo suited as a backup to rookie sensation Dak Prescott, after conceding a starting job he has held since 2006.
The two teams played to a first-half stalemate, taking a 10-10 score to halftime.
The Ravens took a 7-0 thanks dynamic 6-play, 90-yard scoring drive, including four plays of 16 yards or more.
A 27-yard pass to from Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace got things started. Kenneth Dixon had a 20-yard run, followed by runs of 16 and 18 for Terrance West, who stormed into the end zone on the final one.
The Cowboys offense sputtered from the outset against a stout Ravens defense that came into the game ranked first in the NFL in yards allowed and first against the run.
Prescott struggled early, completing four of his first 10 passes for 31 yards
NFL-leading rushing Ezekiel Elliott also found it hard to get untracked against the Ravens with just 26 yards on his first six carries. The Cowboys were one of five on third downs and had 58 net yards as a team when they got the ball with 9 minutes, 31 left in third quarter at their own 48.
It was soon first and 30 from the 28 after an block in the back penalty on center Travis Frederick and a holding penalty on tackle Tyron Smith on back to back plays.
But that’s when Prescott seemingly woke up.
A scramble for 12 was followed by 12 yard pass to receiver Dez Bryant. He then converted a huge third down with 41-yard pass to receiver Brice Butler to make it first goal at the 7.
Prescott followed with a 4-yard run. A perfect pass to tight end Jason Witten for a would-be touchdown was dropped.
But Prescott made it count on the ensuing playing when he rolled right and found receiver Cole Beasley in the front right corner of the end zone to tie the score at 7-7.
The Ravens followed with 46-yard field from former Texas Longhorns star Justin Tucker.
Then Prescott led the Cowboys to a game-tying field goal in the final 1:37.
He completed six of seven passes to set up a 30-yard field from Dan Bailey.
Prescott ended the first half completed 13 of 21 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown.
His quarterback rating was 100.3.