Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: ‘We never wavered, never blinked’
A touchdown would give the Cowboys their fifth consecutive win. A field goal would have given the Eagles a chance to win it with a touchdown.
Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett, who declined to go for a 4th and 1 in an overtime loss to the Houston Texans in early October, decided to go for broke. In Houston, the Cowboys faced a 4th and 1 at the Texans’ 42 in overtime. Garrett elected to punt and the Texans won it on a 36-yard field goal.
On Sunday, Ezekiel Elliott rushed through the left side behind Tyron Smith and Xavier Su’a-Filo, who gained the yard for the first down. Three plays later, Dak Prescott connected with Amari Cooper for a 15-yard, game-winning touchdown as the Cowboys (8-5) beat the Eagles (6-7) 29-23 at AT&T Stadium.
“We felt we could make it. We wanted to end the game on our terms by scoring a touchdown and our guys responded the right way,” Garrett said.
The Cowboys had the ball for a team-record 45:33, including overtime. The previous record was 43:43 against the Eagles in October 1983. That dominance, in part, helped Garrett make the decision to go for it in overtime.
“I felt like we were wearing them down,” he said. “We feel like our runner is the best runner in the league. Guys came off the ball and moved them and Zeke did the rest of it.”
“I never doubted that Coach Garrett would go for it. Our backs have been against the wall for a few weeks now,” Prescott said. “He talks about going forward, going around, going over our obstacle, whatever we have to do.”
Elliott, who left the game earlier with a stinger on a play in which he was penalized for initiating contact with his lowered helmet, was exhausted after rushing 28 times for 113 yards and catching a career-high 12 passes for 79 yards. “I lost a little feeling in my arm,” he said.
“I’m spent for sure. That’s what happens when you have 40 touches in a game. But I’ll do anything for these guys. These guys inspire me, the way they fight and I’m gonna go out there and fight for them. Whatever I need to do to go out and help these guys get a win, I’ll do.”
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who second-guessed his coach for not going for it in Houston, said that wouldn’t have been the case Sunday, even if it had failed.
“I’m sure he felt that was the best place to take the risk right there as opposed to giving them the ball,” Jones said. “I don’t think anybody with the Cowboys would have second-guessed that call right there. I thought our best chance to win this game was to make that first down. “