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Cowboys hold on against Vikings for 11th straight win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Dez Bryant sashayed through the Dallas locker room with an unmistakable swagger and had nothing but good things to say about his adversary this time around.

It was a stark change from a week ago, when he sparred with Washington cornerback Josh Norman on Thanksgiving. The trash talking Dez and the polite Dez share one thing in common: they both win.

Bryant caught four passes for 84 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping the Cowboys win their 11th straight game with a 17-15 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.

In a hard-fought battle with cornerback Xavier Rhodes, Bryant's 56-yard catch set up Ezekiel Elliott's 1-yard TD in the first half. Bryant caught an 8-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter after a fumbled punt by Minnesota's Adam Thielen.

''I knew coming into this game it was going to be a tough match and I had to be on my `A' game,'' Bryant said. ''Because if I wasn't, he can get the best of you. We had a good battle. We shared our thoughts throughout the game. It was good thoughts. It's nice playing games like that.''

Elliott rushed for 86 yards on 20 carries for the Cowboys (11-1). They have the longest single-season winning streak in franchise history.

Sam Bradford threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jerick McKinnon with 25 seconds to play, but the 2-point conversion pass failed. Bradford argued for a penalty after he was hit in the face by a defender, but there was no call for the Vikings (6-6). Minnesota played without coach Mike Zimmer after he had emergency eye surgery Wednesday night.

''I'm sick and tired of the reffing in this league right now,'' Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said. ''I'm sick and tired of it. You've got holding calls all over the place that people don't want to call. Bradford gets hit in the face at the end of the game and you don't call it. I'm not laying this loss on reffing, but at some point it's got to get better.''

Bradford completed 32 of 45 passes for 247 yards, Danielle Hunter had two sacks and Kai Forbath kicked three field goals for Minnesota, which has last six of the last seven games after a 5-0 start.

Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer was elevated to head coach for the game and it remains unclear how long Zimmer will be out. Minnesota's third-ranked defense did their fiery leader proud, holding the explosive Cowboys offense to season lows in points, yards (264) and first downs (13).

''It's not the best game we played, but we showed up when we needed to and made the plays at the end,'' Elliott said.

KEY PLAY

With Dallas' offense doing nothing, Kyle Wilber made the play of the game when he punched the ball out of Thielen's hand, then pulled the ball away as the two rolled to the turf. Officials initially did not catch the fumble, but a heads-up challenge by Jason Garrett got the call overturned and Prescott found Bryant on the next play.

CATCHLESS IN MINNEAPOLIS

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten did not catch a pass, snapping a team-record streak of 130 straight games with a reception dating to 2008.

A TD TO TIE TD

Elliott's 1-yard plunge in the second quarter gave Dallas a 7-3 lead. It was his 12th touchdown rushing this season, tying him with Tony Dorsett for most by a rookie in Cowboys history.

BRADFORD UNDER SEIGE

Playing behind a patchwork offensive line that included center Nick Easton making his first career start in place of the injured Joe Berger (concussion), Bradford was under pressure all night long from a Cowboys defense that has often struggled in that area this season.

Bradford was sacked three times and had to leave the game on the final drive of the second quarter after taking a helmet from Maliek Collins to his rib cage. After getting some medical attention during halftime, Bradford was able to remain in the game.

''I had to take a deep breath,'' he said. ''After that they were fine.''

The bad news on the injury front for the Vikings came for safety Harrison Smith, who left the locker room on crutches with a walking boot on his left foot. He has been fighting through an ankle injury over the last several weeks.

ZIMMER TRIBUTE

Before the game, the Vikings played a short video of Zimmer addressing the team during a practice. Zimmer's primary message: ''Do your job.''

That has been a common theme during his three seasons in Minnesota, and the organization likely wanted the players to hear it one more time before taking the field. After the video, a picture of Zimmer was put on the big screen with a ''Get Well Soon'' message attached.

''They fought to the bitter end, and I know coach Zimmer would've been very, very proud of them,'' Priefer said.

UP NEXT

Cowboys: Dallas heads to New York on Dec. 11 to face the Giants, the only team to have beaten the Cowboys this season.

Vikings: Minnesota will travel to Jacksonville on Dec. 11 to face the Jaguars, hoping the extra time off will be enough for Zimmer to recover and return to the sideline.

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Key Players
E. Elliott 21 RB
86 YDs, 1 TDs
S. Bradford 8 QB
247 YDs, 1 TDs, 0 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 0:25
(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. S.Bradford pass to K.Rudolph is incomplete. ATTEMPT FAILS.
plays
yds
pos
17
15
Touchdown 0:25
S.Bradford pass short right to J.McKinnon for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
65
yds
1:44
pos
17
15
Field Goal 4:15
D.Bailey 39 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
5
plays
33
yds
2:22
pos
17
9
Point After TD 10:22
(Kick formation) D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
14
9
Touchdown 10:22
J.Looney reported in as eligible. D.Prescott pass short left to D.Bryant for 8 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
1
plays
8
yds
0:06
pos
13
9
Field Goal 14:11
K.Forbath 33 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-J.Locke.
4
plays
4
yds
0:56
pos
7
9
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:10
K.Forbath 36 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-J.Locke.
10
plays
49
yds
4:52
pos
7
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:29
(Kick formation) D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 5:29
J.Looney reported in as eligible. E.Elliott right guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
84
yds
5:12
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:28
K.Forbath 48 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-J.Locke.
6
plays
32
yds
3:17
pos
0
3
Time of Pos 26:43 33:17
1st Downs 13 21
Rushing 7 3
Passing 6 16
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 1-9 6-16
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 264 318
Total Plays 49 69
Avg Gain 5.4 4.6
Net Yards Rushing 140 87
Rush Attempts 28 19
Avg Rush Yards 5.0 4.6
Net Yards Passing 124 231
Comp. - Att. 12-18 33-47
Yards Per Pass 6.9 4.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-15 3-22
Penalties - Yards 10-78 8-57
Touchdowns 2 1
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-2 0-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-46.2 7-32.0
Return Yards 39 86
Punts - Returns 2-1 3--5
Kickoffs - Returns 2-38 4-91
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 3/3 3/3
Extra Points 2/2 0/0
Field Goals 1/1 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 2-2 -100% 1-3 -33%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Cowboys 11-10701017
Vikings 6-6303915
124 PASS YDS 231
140 RUSH YDS 87
264 TOTAL YDS 318
Cowboys
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 139 1 0 108.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.9% 2974 19 2 108.6
D. Prescott 12/18 139 1 0 12
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 86 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
263 1285 12
E. Elliott 20 86 1 30 15
D. Prescott 4 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 217 5
D. Prescott 6 37 0 14 12
A. Morris 46 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
61 231 2
A. Morris 1 11 0 11 1
L. Whitehead 13 WR
-2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 86 0
L. Whitehead 1 6 0 6 -2
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Bryant 88 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 84 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 634 6
D. Bryant 6 4 84 1 56 14
C. Beasley 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 60 670 5
C. Beasley 4 2 23 0 13 2
E. Elliott 21 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 322 1
E. Elliott 5 4 19 0 16 15
T. Williams 83 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 394 2
T. Williams 3 2 13 0 18 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. Jones 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-7 0 0.0
B. Jones 9-1 0.0 0 0
B. Church 42 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-13 2 0.0
B. Church 7-2 0.0 0 0
S. Lee 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
72-40 0 0.0
S. Lee 6-1 0.0 0 0
O. Scandrick 32 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-5 0 2.0
O. Scandrick 6-1 0.0 0 0
B. Carr 39 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-7 1 0.0
B. Carr 6-2 0.0 0 0
A. Hitchens 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-26 0 1.5
A. Hitchens 6-4 1.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-12 0 0.0
A. Brown 3-1 0.0 0 0
K. Wilber 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
K. Wilber 2-0 0.0 0 1
T. Smith 77 T
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Smith 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Wilson 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-4 0 0.5
D. Wilson 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Mayowa 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 3.0
B. Mayowa 1-1 1.0 0 0
L. LaDouceur 91 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. LaDouceur 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. McFadden 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
L. McFadden 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Frazier 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
K. Frazier 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Collins 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-6 0 3.0
M. Collins 1-1 1.0 0 0
J. Crawford 58 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-7 0 2.5
J. Crawford 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
21/23 36/36
D. Bailey 1/1 39 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 46.2 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
39 46.4 17
C. Jones 6 46.2 3 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Dunbar 25 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
L. Dunbar 1 16.0 16 0
L. Whitehead 13 WR
-2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 23.8 33 0
L. Whitehead 1 22.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Whitehead 13 WR
-2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.5 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 8.8 39 0
L. Whitehead 2 0.5 1 0
Vikings
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
S. Bradford 8 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.1% 247 1 0 91.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.2% 2662 13 3 97.5
S. Bradford 32/45 247 1 0 16
S. Hill 13 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 6 0 0 91.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.9% 242 0 0 78.3
S. Hill 1/1 6 0 0 0
J. McKinnon 21 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
J. McKinnon 0/1 0 0 0 11
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. McKinnon 21 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 41 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
115 357 1
J. McKinnon 9 41 0 9 11
M. Asiata 44 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
96 317 5
M. Asiata 6 30 0 14 3
S. Bradford 8 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 7 0
S. Bradford 2 10 0 10 16
C. Patterson 84 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 43 0
C. Patterson 2 6 0 6 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Thielen 19 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 86 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 52 657 3
A. Thielen 9 7 86 0 23 6
S. Diggs 14 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 8 59 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 75 806 2
S. Diggs 8 8 59 0 15 5
K. Rudolph 82 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 6 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 54 513 5
K. Rudolph 12 6 45 0 17 4
C. Johnson 12 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 149 0
C. Johnson 5 3 36 0 25 3
J. McKinnon 21 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 14 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 102 1
J. McKinnon 6 5 14 1 5 11
C. Patterson 84 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 41 334 2
C. Patterson 3 2 10 0 5 1
R. Ellison 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 57 0
R. Ellison 1 1 6 0 6 0
L. Treadwell 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 15 0
L. Treadwell 2 0 0 0 0 0
M. Asiata 44 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 168 0
M. Asiata 1 1 -3 0 -3 3
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
E. Griffen 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-10 0 6.0
E. Griffen 8-0 0.0 0 1
E. Kendricks 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-24 1 0.0
E. Kendricks 4-2 0.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
64-20 0 2.0
H. Smith 4-1 0.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-16 0 9.5
D. Hunter 3-3 2.0 0 0
A. Sendejo 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-21 2 0.5
A. Sendejo 3-0 0.0 0 0
C. Munnerlyn 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-14 0 0.0
C. Munnerlyn 2-2 0.0 0 0
C. Greenway 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-13 1 0.0
C. Greenway 2-1 0.0 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-7 4 0.0
X. Rhodes 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Newman 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-4 1 0.0
T. Newman 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-6 1 2.0
T. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Cole 57 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
A. Cole 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-24 0 3.0
L. Joseph 1-2 0.0 0 0
A. Barr 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-22 0 2.0
A. Barr 1-2 0.0 0 1
J. Trattou 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Trattou 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Brothers 40 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
K. Brothers 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Lamur 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
E. Lamur 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Robison 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-6 0 6.0
B. Robison 1-1 1.0 0 1
A. Thielen 19 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
A. Thielen 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Stephen 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-15 0 0.0
S. Stephen 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Forbath 5 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
6/6 4/5
K. Forbath 3/3 48 0/0 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Locke 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 32.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
63 43.1 31
J. Locke 7 32.0 3 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Patterson 84 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 26.7 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 30.5 104 1
C. Patterson 3 26.7 35 0
M. Asiata 44 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
M. Asiata 1 11.0 11 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Thielen 19 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 -2.5 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 -0.2 4 0
A. Thielen 2 -2.5 1 0
C. Patterson 84 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
C. Patterson 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 21 2:41 4 14 Punt
6:58 DAL 15 1:13 3 0 Punt
2:28 DAL 22 3:15 7 37 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:41 DAL 16 5:12 8 84 TD
3:15 DAL 32 1:23 3 9 Punt
0:15 DAL 49 0:15 1 -3 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:18 DAL 9 3:16 5 16 Punt
2:10 DAL 25 2:03 3 -6 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:11 DAL 25 3:43 6 15 Punt
10:28 MIN 8 0:06 1 8 TD
6:37 DAL 46 2:22 5 33 FG
2:58 DAL 22 0:49 3 6 Punt
0:25 MIN 49 0:25 1 -1 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:19 MIN 11 5:21 8 32 Punt
5:45 MIN 37 3:17 6 32 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:13 MIN 34 3:32 6 13 Punt
5:29 MIN 30 2:14 4 22 Punt
1:52 MIN 14 1:37 6 12 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 8 4:42 9 45 Punt
7:02 MIN 33 4:52 10 49 FG
0:07 DAL 19 0:56 4 4 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:22 MIN 10 3:45 6 11 Punt
4:15 MIN 25 1:17 5 11 Punt
2:09 MIN 35 1:44 8 65 TD