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Red-letter day: Elliott, Cowboys bounce back, top Bucs 26-20

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Ezekiel Elliott celebrated a short touchdown run by jumping into an oversized Salvation Army red kettle and the Dallas Cowboys closed in on home-field advantage in the playoffs with a 26-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.

The Cowboys (12-2) bounced back after their franchise-record 11-game winning streak ended, hanging on after what looked to be a festive night following Elliott's antics turned tense when Jameis Winston rallied the Bucs from a 17-3 deficit to a 20-17 lead.

Making his debut in the Sunday night spotlight, Winston threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns but had four turnovers, including an interception that led to Dan Bailey's 38-yard field goal that gave Dallas a 23-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Tampa Bay (8-6) had its five-game winning streak snapped and fell a game behind Atlanta in the NFC South.

Dallas stayed two games ahead of the New York Giants in the NFC East and needs a win without any help to clinch the home field throughout the NFC playoffs.

Elliott, the NFL's rushing leader, had a career-high 159 yards, including a 42-yard run to set up Bailey's fourth field goal for the six-point lead.

Fellow rookie Dak Prescott bounced back from his worst game as a pro, going 32 of 36 for 279 yards a week after completing less than 50 percent of his passes in a 10-7 loss to the New York Giants.

Elliott had NFL career rushing leader and former Dallas star Emmitt Smith and plenty of other people laughing when he jumped into the kettle and disappeared when he crouched down following a 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He drew a 15-yard penalty.

Winston had scoring passes of 42 yards to Adam Humphries and 10 yards to Cameron Brate to put Tampa Bay up 20-17, but couldn't move the Bucs once the Cowboys regained the lead.

PASSING TO

Dallas tight end Jason Witten passed former teammate Terrell Owens for seventh place on the career receptions list, getting his 1,079th on a 6-yarder in the second quarter. The 34-year-old Witten, in his 14th season, had eight catches in the first half and 10 for the game, giving him 1,086.

Witten is one of two NFL tight ends with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards receiving. Tony Gonzalez is the other. Owens spent three of his 15 seasons with the Cowboys.

RARE MULTIPLE MISSES

Bailey missed two in a game for the first time since his rookie year in 2011. The first came up short from 56 yards , and the second was wide left from 52 in the final seconds of the first half. The misses against Arizona five years ago were from 50 and 49. Bailey is the NFL's career leader in accuracy among kickers with at least 100 attempts.

INJURIES

Tampa Bay defensive lineman William Gholston and Dallas linebacker Justin Durant left the game with elbow injuries.

UP NEXT

Buccaneers: Finish regular season with two games against NFC South opponents, at New Orleans on Saturday and home against Carolina on Jan. 1.

Cowboys: Wrap up regular-season home schedule against Detroit the day after Christmas, a Monday night, before visiting fading Philadelphia in finale.

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Corrects previous version with 8-6 record for Tampa Bay instead of 9-5.

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Key Players
J. Winston 3 QB
247 YDs, 2 TDs, 3 INTs
E. Elliott 21 RB
159 YDs, 1 TDs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:58
D.Bailey 33 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
8
plays
81
yds
3:57
pos
20
26
Field Goal 9:35
D.Bailey 38 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
4
plays
2
yds
2:14
pos
20
23
Field Goal 13:31
D.Bailey 40 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
10
plays
58
yds
5:41
pos
20
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:12
R.Aguayo extra point is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
plays
yds
pos
20
17
Touchdown 4:12
J.Winston pass short middle to C.Brate for 10 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
81
yds
4:49
pos
19
17
Point After TD 11:44
R.Aguayo extra point is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
plays
yds
pos
13
17
Touchdown 11:44
J.Winston pass deep middle to A.Humphries for 42 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Pass complete after roll left; ball was tipped by Carr near the goalline before Humprhies made the catch in the endzone.
8
plays
75
yds
3:16
pos
12
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:52
R.Aguayo 34 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
11
plays
59
yds
4:32
pos
6
17
Point After TD 6:24
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
3
17
Touchdown 6:24
D.Prescott up the middle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
64
yds
5:13
pos
3
16
Point After TD 12:34
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
3
10
Touchdown 12:34
E.Elliott left tackle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN. PENALTY on DAL-E.Elliott, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, 15 yards, enforced between downs.
5
plays
14
yds
2:11
pos
3
9
Field Goal 14:56
D.Bailey 27 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
11
plays
65
yds
5:58
pos
3
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:54
R.Aguayo 25 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
9
plays
47
yds
3:52
pos
3
0
Time of Pos 23:56 36:04
1st Downs 16 24
Rushing 3 10
Passing 12 14
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 4-12 5-13
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 276 449
Total Plays 59 71
Avg Gain 4.7 6.3
Net Yards Rushing 52 185
Rush Attempts 20 32
Avg Rush Yards 2.6 5.8
Net Yards Passing 224 264
Comp. - Att. 17-35 32-36
Yards Per Pass 6.4 7.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-23 3-15
Penalties - Yards 3-35 8-91
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 4 1
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 2-1
Int. Thrown 3 0
Punts - Avg 4-42.8 2-41.0
Return Yards 55 98
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-55 3-72
Int. - Returns 0-0 3-26
Kicking 4/4 6/8
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 4/6
Red Zone Eff. 1-3 -33% 2-4 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Buccaneers 8-63314020
Cowboys 12-20170926
224 PASS YDS 264
52 RUSH YDS 185
276 TOTAL YDS 449
Buccaneers
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Winston 3 QB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.6% 247 2 3 55.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.8% 3611 25 15 87.2
J. Winston 17/35 247 2 3 13
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Martin 22 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
144 421 3
D. Martin 16 42 0 8 4
J. Winston 3 QB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 133 1
J. Winston 1 6 0 6 13
C. Sims 34 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
48 137 1
C. Sims 3 4 0 8 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Brate 84 TE
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 73 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 56 648 7
C. Brate 8 5 73 1 22 13
M. Evans 13 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 4 59 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 84 1159 10
M. Evans 8 4 59 0 18 5
A. Humphries 11 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 49 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 44 516 2
A. Humphries 5 2 49 1 42 10
F. Martino 16 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 133 1
F. Martino 1 1 25 0 25 2
R. Shepard 89 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 251 2
R. Shepard 3 1 19 0 19 1
C. Sims 34 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 160 1
C. Sims 5 3 15 0 7 1
A. Cross 45 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 33 1
A. Cross 1 1 7 0 7 0
L. Stocker 88 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 22 0
L. Stocker 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Huff 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 89 1
J. Huff 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
K. Alexander 58 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-10 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
97-28 1 3.0
K. Alexander 11-10 0.0 0 1
K. Tandy 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-7 2 0.0
K. Tandy 9-5 0.0 0 0
B. McDougald 30 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
71-10 2 0.0
B. McDougald 5-3 0.0 0 0
B. Grimes 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-5 3 0.0
B. Grimes 5-1 0.0 0 0
L. David 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-18 1 2.0
L. David 5-4 1.0 0 0
V. Hargreaves 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-7 1 0.0
V. Hargreaves 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Elliott 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
J. Elliott 2-2 0.0 0 0
R. Ayers 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-7 0 5.5
R. Ayers 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Conte 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
57-10 2 0.0
C. Conte 2-0 0.0 0 0
W. Gholston 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-12 0 3.0
W. Gholston 2-2 1.0 0 0
S. Siliga 70 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 1.0
S. Siliga 2-0 1.0 0 0
Da. Smith 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-4 1 0.0
Da. Smith 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Pamphile 64 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Pamphile 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Stocker 88 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Stocker 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Robinson 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
J. Robinson 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Sims 34 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Sims 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Glanton 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 0.0
A. Glanton 0-1 0.0 0 0
P. Barber 43 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
P. Barber 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Aguayo 19 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
20/27 27/29
R. Aguayo 2/2 34 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Anger 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 42.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
62 45.7 29
B. Anger 4 42.8 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Huff 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 18.3 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 27.9 98 1
J. Huff 3 18.3 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Cowboys
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
88.9% 279 0 0 99.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.7% 3418 20 4 103.2
D. Prescott 32/36 279 0 0 19
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 159 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
310 1551 13
E. Elliott 23 159 1 42 23
D. Prescott 4 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 20 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
52 238 6
D. Prescott 4 20 1 15 19
D. McFadden 20 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
D. McFadden 3 10 0 7 1
L. Whitehead 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 82 0
L. Whitehead 2 -4 0 3 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Bryant 88 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 8 82 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 726 6
D. Bryant 10 8 82 0 23 8
J. Witten 82 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 10 51 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 66 630 2
J. Witten 10 10 51 0 8 3
C. Beasley 11 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 48 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 68 759 5
C. Beasley 5 4 48 0 22 4
T. Williams 83 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 500 3
T. Williams 4 3 30 0 13 3
E. Elliott 21 RB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 29 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 351 1
E. Elliott 3 3 29 0 12 23
B. Butler 19 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 195 2
B. Butler 1 1 21 0 21 2
L. Dunbar 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 103 0
L. Dunbar 2 2 20 0 15 2
D. McFadden 20 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 -2 0
D. McFadden 1 1 -2 0 -2 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
S. Lee 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
90-50 0 0.0
S. Lee 7-3 0.0 0 0
B. Church 42 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-18 2 0.0
B. Church 5-1 0.0 0 0
B. Jones 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
64-12 1 0.0
B. Jones 4-3 0.0 1 0
B. Mayowa 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-8 0 4.0
B. Mayowa 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Irving 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 3.0
D. Irving 2-0 2.0 0 0
J. Durant 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-13 0 1.0
J. Durant 2-1 0.0 0 0
O. Scandrick 32 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-5 1 2.0
O. Scandrick 1-0 0.0 1 0
L. McFadden 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
L. McFadden 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. McClain 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-19 0 2.5
T. McClain 1-1 1.0 0 1
B. Carr 39 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
49-7 1 0.0
B. Carr 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Witten 82 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Witten 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
4-0 0 0.0
K. Frazier 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-15 1 0.0
A. Brown 1-3 0.0 0 0
J. Heath 38 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 1 0.0
J. Heath 1-0 0.0 1 0
M. Collins 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-6 0 4.0
M. Collins 1-0 1.0 0 1
D. Wilson 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-4 0 0.5
D. Wilson 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Dunbar 25 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
L. Dunbar 0-1 0.0 0 0
R. Davis 75 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
R. Davis 0-1 0.0 0 0
A. Hitchens 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-33 0 1.5
A. Hitchens 0-3 0.0 0 0
T. Crawford 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-12 0 4.5
T. Crawford 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
4/6 2/2
SEASON FG XP
25/30 39/39
D. Bailey 4/6 40 2/2 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 41.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
50 45.5 21
C. Jones 2 41.0 2 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Whitehead 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 24.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 23.8 33 0
L. Whitehead 3 24.0 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Whitehead 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 8.4 39 0
L. Whitehead 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:46 TB 46 3:52 9 47 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 TB 25 0:11 1 -7 Fumble
12:34 TB 22 0:57 3 4 Punt
6:24 TB 25 4:32 11 59 FG
0:08 TB 43 0:08 2 13 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TB 25 3:16 8 75 TD
9:01 TB 19 4:49 10 81 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 TB 25 1:42 3 -4 INT
9:35 TB 15 0:50 3 8 Punt
8:32 DAL 45 1:37 3 5 Punt
2:58 TB 25 0:50 3 -8 Punt
1:36 TB 11 1:12 5 9 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 24 5:14 10 38 FG Miss
5:54 DAL 26 5:58 11 65 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:45 TB 14 2:11 5 14 TD
11:37 DAL 36 5:13 10 64 TD
1:52 DAL 25 1:44 9 41 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:44 DAL 25 2:43 4 14 Punt
4:12 DAL 20 5:41 10 58 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:49 TB 22 2:14 4 2 FG
8:45 DAL 41 0:13 1 3 Fumble
6:55 DAL 4 3:57 8 81 FG
2:08 DAL 30 0:32 4 19 Punt
0:24 DAL 48 0:24 1 -2 Game