ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott threw for three touchdowns and 347 yards as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 40-34 on Saturday.
Eagles backup quarterback Gardner Minshew threw two touchdown passes and added a run pass to replace Jalen Hurts, but his second interception of the night set the stage for Brett Maher, who converted the field goal that gave the Cowboys the lead.
Minshew brought the Eagles to just 19 yards of a potential game-winning touchdown run in the final seconds of the game, but his pass into the end zone on fourth down found no receiver.
The Eagles (13-2), who have the best record in the NFL, committed two turnovers in the final five minutes of the game and blew a chance to clinch first place in the NFC.
“We missed an opportunity,” Minshew said. You can’t commit four turnovers. We always avoid turnovers, that’s what has made us so successful. »
The Cowboys (11-4), who are the defending Nationwide East champions, kept alive their hopes of catching the Eagles on top.
An Eagles win or Cowboys loss in the final two games of the season will allow Philadelphia to clinch the division title.
The Eagles had several opportunities to do so during the game, but instead their five-game winning streak came to an end. They also got off to a good start when Josh Sweat intercepted a Prescott pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown that extended the visitors’ lead to 10-0.
Prescott has had an NFL-high 11 interceptions since returning to action in Week 7 after missing five games with a broken thumb. He threw at least one interception in five straight games for the first time in his career.
“I guess I misjudged the length, but he had a great catch,” Prescott said of Sweat. I chased after him wondering if it had happened again. He wanted to get back on the pitch and get the team back on track. »
In his first game with the Cowboys, TY Hilton hauled in a 52-yard pass on third down to set up CeeDee Lamb’s seven-yard touchdown run that tied the game 34-34 with 5:49 remaining. This was Hilton’s first reception with his new team.
“I can still play,” said Hilton, 33, who spent 10 years with the Indianapolis Colts. I don’t need to be fast. I can be slow and still be able to break free. But I’m still fast. »
Rookie cornerback DaRon Bland stripped Eagles receiver Quez Watkins of the ball on Minshew’s second interception, leading to Maher’s 48-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 37-34 lead.
Following a Miles Sanders fumble on the first play of the Eagles’ ensuing offensive streak, the Cowboys had to settle for another Maher field goal.
Needing a touchdown to win, the Eagles got closer to the Cowboys 19-yard line as Minshew teamed with DeVonta Smith for a 22-yard gain. Smith finished the game with two good catches for a major.
Prescott completed 27 of 35 passes for his first 300-plus yard game this season.
“Adversity, you eat it for dinner,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said of Prescott. Dak is the same person every day, in the heat of the moment, in practice, in class. That says a lot about his approach. »
Minshew caught 24 of 40 attempts from the air for 355 yards. It was his first start to the campaign.
Hurts suffered a right shoulder injury last week in the Eagles’ win over the Chicago Bears.
Also, tight end Dallas Goedert was available for the Eagles. He had missed the last five games with a shoulder injury.
The Cowboys were without linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, who suffered a neck injury last week in a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
49ers claim eighth straight win
Brock Purdy threw two more long touchdown passes to George Kittle as the San Francisco 49ers beat the Washington Commanders 37-20 on Saturday for their eighth straight victory.
Purdy has continued to put in an impressive performance since taking over for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo at the start of Week 13. The final pick in the 2022 draft certainly exceeded expectations.
“He manages to give us the ball,” Kittle said. He is excellent with the ball. He sends it where he wants. He allows the boys to run with him. He is super smart in the backfield and makes mistakes. His confidence is at an all time high for him right now and I don’t see why it wouldn’t be. »
He threw two touchdown passes in four straight games for the 49ers (11-4) and won all three of his starts. The San Francisco club keeps the pressure on the Minnesota Vikings in the race for second place in the NFC.
Purdy joined Hall of Famer Kurt Warner as the only quarterback, since starts were counted in 1950, to win his first three starts while throwing multiple touchdown passes in each game.
“I don’t really think about getting more and more comfortable or anything like that,” he admitted. I continue with the same determination and the same motivation as before, when I wasn’t playing. I want to go out on the field and show my talent to my teammates. I want to earn respect with each play, each throw-in, each possession. »
Taylor Heinicke threw two touchdown passes for the Commanders (7-7-1), but also had a fumble and one of his throw-ins was intercepted in the fourth quarter. He was replaced after his second rotation by Carson Wentz.
The Commanders are winless in their last three meetings, but still lead by a half-game over the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions in the race for the final NL playoff spot.
The 49ers opened the game in the third quarter thanks to more crucial plays from Purdy. On the first possession of the second half, they scored a major when Kittle ran deep for a 34-yard touchdown run.
Kittle scored again later in the quarter with a catch and a 33-yard run, to make it 21-7. Kittle also caught two touchdown passes last week, setting a career-high of eight touchdowns in a season.
The 49ers capitalized on big plays throughout the game, also scoring their first touchdown on a 71-yard run from Ray Ray McCloud.
Nick Bosa and the 49ers defense did the rest of the work. Bosa got a Robbie Gould field goal on a sack off Heinicke and the 49ers added another field goal after a Jimmie Ward interception in Commanders territory.
Wentz, playing for the first time since Week 6, passed 20 yards to Curtis Samuel, but it was too late for the majors.
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