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Cowboys fall to Patriots 13-9

A Dallas Cowboys helmet sits along the side of the football field during a game.
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A Dallas Cowboys helmet sits along the side of the football field during a game.

FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts -- The Dallas Cowboys defense gave them a final chance to rally past New England, but the offense couldn’t make it happen.

Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass and the Patriots’ defense held the Cowboys’ top-ranked offense without a TD for the first time this season as New England beat Dallas 13-9 on Sunday.

It was New England’s 18th straight regular-season victory at home.

Dallas (6-5) had a chance to take the lead late. But facing fourth-and-11 on its own 25 with 1:50 left, Dak Prescott’s 20-yard completion to Amari Cooper was nullified after an official review.

Dallas had kicked a 29-yard field goal on its previous possession, rather than going for it on fourth-and-7 with just over 6:00 remaining.

They were able to force a New England punt to give them a shot at winning that came up short.

The Patriots (10-1), who struggled to move the ball in their win over Philadelphia last week, played without two key receivers after Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett were ruled out with injuries. Brady made the most of what he had, tossing a first-quarter touchdown pass to rookie N’Keal Harry and completing a 32-yard pass to rookie Jakobi Meyers.

Harry was the 75th player to catch a TD pass from Brady, extending an NFL record. Vinny Testaverde was second, with 70 different TD targets.

It was the 15th touchdown pass of the season for Brady. That’s a record for a player after his 42nd birthday.

Brady finished 17 of 37 for 190 yards. Julian Edelman caught eight passes for 93 yards.

Dallas struggled to move the ball for most of the game. Ezekiel Elliott rushed 21 times or 86 yards, but the Cowboys were just 2 of 13 on third down.

Associated Press




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