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NFL Week 6 Recap: New England Patriots lose to Dallas Cowboys in Overtime

(Photo courtesy of Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott attempts a pass against the New England defense

Andrew Wilcox
Connector Contributor

The New England Patriots lost to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, with a nail-biting final score of 35-29.

Despite a tough opponent in Dallas, whose only loss came in week one to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England managed to put up a great game.

In the first three minutes, the Patriots held Dallas short of completing a fourth, and one at the Dallas 34-yard line.

The Patriots quickly took advantage and scored on their first drive with a rushing touchdown out of their Wildcat formation.

Running back Damien Harris finished the game with 101 yards rushing and one rushing touchdown on just 18 attempts.

Despite the tough start for Dallas, their offense quickly started picking up the pace. Dak Prescott and company responded to New England’s score with a quick drive that ended in a short passing touchdown to tight end Blake Jarwin.

Dak Prescott threw the ball a total of 51 times, completing 36 of those attempts for 445 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Mac Jones, and the Patriot’s offense then responded in kind by marching down the field and ending the drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hunter Henry.

Jones ended the game throwing for 229 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Despite only throwing the ball 21 times and completing only 15 of those attempts, Mac Jones still pulled out an impressive performance and continues his already impressive rookie season.

With five minutes left in the second quarter, Dallas blocked a punt by the Patriots and got the ball back for their offense at the New England 17-yard line.

However, the Patriots defense came out strong. Despite a 13-yard reception by Cedrick Wilson, the Cowboys offense would be held short of a touchdown at the one-yard line.

New England’s defense held them back, stopping multiple attempted scores. With halftime closing in, Prescott attempted two back-to-back quarterback sneaks.

The Patriot’s defense held Prescott short of his first sneak. On his second attempt, Prescott tried to lunge the ball forward over the goal line. Before the ball could break the plane, however, linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley punched the ball out of Dak’s hands.

The Patriots went into halftime with a four-point lead and the score  at 14-10. Despite the Patriots being unable to score in the third quarter, the game came down to a crazy finish in the fourth.

Greg Zuerlein’s missed kick seemed like a major blow, yet Dallas’s defense instead decided to score, as on the Patriot’s first play, cornerback Trevon Diggs grabbed another interception on the season for a Pick-6, his second touchdown this year.

Despite the hit, New England stopped the attempted two-point conversion. On their next offensive drive, wide receiver Kendrick Bourne grabbed a monster 75-yard TD reception. New England would complete the two-point conversion and take a 29-26 lead.

With just two minutes left in the game, Dallas marched down field and narrowly scored a field-goal, taking the game to over-time.

Despite winning the coin toss, the Patriots offense would stall out on the first over-time drive. With an opportunity to win, Dallas moved downfield, winning the game off a 35-yard touchdown reception to wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.

Lamb ended this monster game with nine receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns, his biggest game this season.

As the Patriots and Cowboys battled it out, the Arizona Cardinals pulled out a big win against the Cleveland Browns, winning 37-14.

Cleveland’s injuries continue to pile on, as quarterback Baker Mayfield suffered a shoulder injury. Despite this, he still finished the game throwing 19/28 for 234 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

The Green Bay Packers won their first divisional matchup against their age-old rival, the Chicago Bears, at Soldier Field. After a rushing touchdown, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was filmed yelling at Chicago fans, “I still own you!” The final score was 24-14.

The Baltimore Ravens blew out the Los Angeles Chargers at home in Baltimore, winning 34-6. The Chargers came up short on multiple fourth-down attempts, ultimately stalling out their offense.

Despite only completing 19/27 passing for 167 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, quarterback Lamar Jackson evened it out by rushing for 51 yards on eight attempts.

The Kansas City Chiefs came out with a big win over the Washington Football Team. Despite a relatively close first half, quarterback Patrick Mahomes ended the game throwing 32/47, 397 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, winning the game 31-13.

The Tennessee Titans pulled away a great win against the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, winning 34-31.

Derrick Henry ended yet another massive game with 143 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns on 20 attempts.

Looking ahead, the New England Patriots will hope to bounce back with a win in their final divisional matchup with the New York Jets.

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