Cowboys overcome the odds in a victory over the Vikings 20-16
Dallas- With a back-up QB, the Cowboys claim victory over the Vikings.
Coming into the Sunday Night game against the Vikings, the Cowboys did not know if their starting QB would be starting. Dak Prescott has been dealing with a strain calf for the last two week and Dallas wanted to make sure he felt comfortable to play. Prior to the game, the Cowboys announced that Prescott was ruled out and Cooper Rush got the start.
Down early on, the Cowboys thought they were going to get on the scoreboard with a 43-yard field. However, Greg Zuerlein pushed the kick wide left. The Cowboys' troubles were just starting. Rush throw a crucial pick when it looked like the Cowboys were driving for a potential score. Dallas finally got o the scoreboard mid-way in the second with a field goal boot to cut the Vikings' lead 7-3. Dallas came up big on a third and short in their redzone and forced the Viks to kick a field goal. The field goal was good, which extend Minnesota's lead 10-3. Despite all of the mistakes the Cowboys made, they were only down 10-3 at the half.
Dallas got a huge lift at the start of the third quarter. Rush hit Cedrick Wilson for a 73-yard blast from the past touchdown to tie up the game, 10-10. Both teams tacked on a field goal to make the fourth quarter a pretty interesting one. The Cowboys had a productive drive going until Rush was sacked and fumbled the ball. Minnesota jumped all over the ball and recovered the fumble. Dallas got themselves out of that turnover jam, because the Vikings shot themselves in the foot with three consecutive penalties. The defense stepped up once again and forced the Vikings to kick a field goal, which went true to make it a 16-13 game.
Rush had two timeouts and a chance to either win the game for the "Boys" or get into field goal position to tie the game up and play winner takes all in overtime. Three big play in .45 seconds put Dallas in position to tie or win the game. Rush hit Cooper for the go-ahead touchdown 20-16.
Rush finished 24/40 for 325 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 pick.