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Prescott, Elliott set up winning FG, Cowboys top Lions 26-24

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott saw single coverage by a linebacker on Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys trying to get in position for a winning field goal against the Detroit Lions.

So did the 2016 NFL rushing leader.

''I lined up in the slot. I was excited,'' said Elliott, who was face-to-face with leading Detroit tackler Jarrad Davis. ''I was excited. I got them one-on-one with me. He made a perfect throw. One pass, we won the game.''

Prescott's 34-yard toss on a deep throw to his star running back set up Brett Maher's 38-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Cowboys to a 26-24 victory Sunday and once again spoiling Matthew Stafford's homecoming.

Maher's fourth field goal came after Elliott got a step or so behind Davis and made an over-the-shoulder catch on his way to a career-best 240 all-purpose yards. Elliott had 152 yards rushing and 88 receiving, also highlighted by a 38-yard touchdown on a screen in the second quarter.

''Anywhere you got him the ball, anywhere he had the ball in his hands, he was dominating the game and setting the tone, from the screens to the check-downs to that last play right there,'' Prescott said. ''It was just a dominating performance for him.''

The winning play came after Stafford had put the Lions (1-3) in front with 2:17 remaining on a 38-yard touchdown to Golden Tate , their second TD connection of the day.

The best day of the season for a previously struggling Dallas offense - 414 yards - handed Stafford his third straight loss at the home of the Cowboys (2-2), seven years after his only win in his first trip to AT&T Stadium. The former Dallas-area high school star threw for 307 yards.

''I would much rather be the guy with the ball last,'' said Stafford, who lost a playoff game in his hometown almost four years ago. ''But I think all of our players on defense are probably sitting out there going, `I want to be out there to make the stop.' That's just what we do.''

Trailing 20-10, Stafford led the Lions 75 yards to rookie Kerryon Johnson's first career touchdown , an 8-yard run that started a back-and-fourth final quarter. Johnson ran 32 yards on the first play of the game and finished with 55 yards.

After the Cowboys settled for Maher's third field goal on an 85-yard drive, Stafford found Tate for 35 yards into Dallas territory before Tate easily beat zone coverage down the sideline and strutted toward the end zone, just as he had on a 45-yard score in the first quarter.

Prescott had an answer while throwing for at least 200 yards for the first time this season. The Dallas quarterback saved the final drive by picking up his fumble when he was hit on the arm and scrambling before throwing the ball out of bounds.

Prescott then converted a third down and two plays later hit Elliott in stride on the decisive play. The Cowboys killed the clock to set up Maher, the kicker they chose over Dan Bailey - the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history - at the end of the preseason in a cost-cutting move.

''My craft is same every time I step on the field, no matter what,'' said Maher, who has made all eight kicks since missing the first of his NFL career in an opening loss at Carolina. ''I was going out there trying to be 1 for 1 again.''

Elliott had a season-high 25 carries for his 152 yards, and Prescott was 17 of 27 for 255 yards with two touchdowns, including tight end Geoff Swaim's first career score .

Stafford was 24 of 30 with the two scores to Tate, who had eight catches for 132 yards.

ROUGHING THE PASSER

The touchdown screen to Elliott was set up by a roughing-the-passer penalty against Romeo Okwara. The question was whether the whistle had blown when he hit Prescott, who was trying to escape pressure when he stumbled out of an attempted tackle and went to a knee. Prescott popped up but had stopped moving, anticipating that he was down, when Okwara knocked him to the ground.

CAREER FIRST

Dallas receiver Terrance Williams was a healthy scratch for the first time in his six-year career. The Cowboys have struggled for consistency with their pass catchers in the first season without Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. They have seven receivers on the 53-man roster. Williams was the odd man out this week, and was a no-show at practice Friday.

SACK MASTER

DeMarcus Lawrence matched his career high with three sacks after Stafford came in having been brought down just three times combined in the first three games. Those were all three Dallas sacks. Lawrence has at least half a sack in all four games and 5 1/2 for the season.

INJURIES

Lions: RG T.J. Lang didn't return after sustaining a concussion in the first quarter.

Cowboys: DT Antwaun Woods left in the first half with a calf injury. Woods was questionable before the game because of a groin injury.

UP NEXT

Lions: Green Bay at home next Sunday.

Cowboys: At Houston next Sunday.

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Key Players
G. Tate 15 WR
132 ReYds, 2 ReTDs, 8 RECs
25
FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
152 RuYds, 88 ReYds, ReTD, 4 RECs
29
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
B.Maher 38 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
9
plays
55
yds
2:17
pos
24
26
Point After TD 2:17
M.Prater extra point is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
24
23
Touchdown 2:17
M.Stafford pass deep right to G.Tate for 38 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
3:32
pos
23
23
Field Goal 5:52
B.Maher 22 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones. Injury updates: Jeff Heath has a shoulder injury; his return is questionable. Quandre Diggs has a hand injury; his return is questionable.
16
plays
85
yds
8:31
pos
17
23
Point After TD 14:20
M.Prater extra point is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
17
20
Touchdown 14:20
K.Johnson right tackle for 8 yards TOUCHDOWN. DAL-J.Heath was injured during the play. His return is Questionable.
7
plays
75
yds
3:39
pos
16
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:59
B.Maher extra point is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
10
20
Touchdown 3:01
D.Prescott pass short right to G.Swaim for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
64
yds
4:03
pos
10
19
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:39
B.Maher extra point is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
10
13
Touchdown 1:39
D.Prescott pass short right to E.Elliott for 38 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
75
yds
1:11
pos
10
12
Field Goal 2:54
M.Prater 33 yard field goal is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
13
plays
60
yds
8:11
pos
10
6
Field Goal 11:06
B.Maher 43 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
12
plays
50
yds
4:18
pos
7
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:19
M.Prater extra point is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 0:19
M.Stafford pass short right to G.Tate for 45 yards TOUCHDOWN. Penalty on DAL-R.Gregory Illegal Use of Hands declined.
9
plays
77
yds
4:11
pos
6
3
Field Goal 4:34
B.Maher 32 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
7
plays
76
yds
2:09
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 29:55 30:05
1st Downs 18 26
Rushing 4 10
Passing 14 12
Penalty 0 4
3rd Down Conv 6-11 5-12
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 382 414
Total Plays 53 65
Avg Gain 7.2 6.4
Net Yards Rushing 96 183
Rush Attempts 20 35
Avg Rush Yards 4.8 5.2
Net Yards Passing 286 231
Comp. - Att. 24-30 17-27
Yards Per Pass 9.5 8.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-21 3-24
Penalties - Yards 8-58 2-20
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-37.8 2-39.0
Return Yards 23 17
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-23 1-17
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 4/4 6/6
Extra Points 3/3 2/2
Field Goals 1/1 4/4
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-3 -33%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 1-2 -50%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Lions 1-3 7301424
Cowboys 2-2 3107626
286 PASS YDS 231
96 RUSH YDS 183
382 TOTAL YDS 414
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
80% 307 2 0 131.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.9% 1202 8 5 92.5
M. Stafford 24/30 307 2 0 24
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Johnson 33 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 55 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 216 1
K. Johnson 9 55 1 32 11
J. Agnew 39 CB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 17 0
J. Agnew 1 17 0 17 1
L. Blount 29 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
35 95 0
L. Blount 7 12 0 7 1
T. Riddick 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 27 0
T. Riddick 1 7 0 7 2
M. Stafford 9 QB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 29 0
M. Stafford 2 5 0 3 24
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
G. Tate 15 WR
25
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 8 132 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 389 3
G. Tate 8 8 132 2 45 25
K. Golladay 19 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 74 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 330 2
K. Golladay 5 4 74 0 22 7
M. Jones 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 56 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 233 2
M. Jones 6 3 56 0 34 5
T. Riddick 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 118 0
T. Riddick 5 4 20 0 11 2
L. Toilolo 87 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 19 0
L. Toilolo 2 2 12 0 8 1
H. Valles 84 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 11 0
H. Valles 1 1 6 0 6 0
L. Willson 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 29 0
L. Willson 2 1 6 0 6 0
K. Johnson 33 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 53 0
K. Johnson 1 1 1 0 1 11
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Davis 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-5 0 2.0
J. Davis 9-2 0.0 0 1
A. Robinson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 0.0
A. Robinson 6-3 0.0 0 0
G. Quin 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-5 0 0.0
G. Quin 4-3 0.0 0 0
N. Lawson 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 0 0.0
N. Lawson 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Slay 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 1 0.0
D. Slay 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Agnew 39 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
J. Agnew 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Hand 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 1.0
D. Hand 2-0 1.0 0 1
D. Kennard 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-6 0 4.0
D. Kennard 2-3 1.0 0 0
Q. Diggs 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 1 0.0
Q. Diggs 2-2 0.0 0 0
S. Williams 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
S. Williams 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Okwara 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
R. Okwara 1-1 1.0 0 0
R. Jean Francois 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
R. Jean Francois 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Walker 47 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Walker 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-6 0 1.0
C. Jones 0-4 0.0 0 0
J. Reeves-Maybin 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
J. Reeves-Maybin 0-2 0.0 0 0
E. Lee 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
E. Lee 0-1 0.0 0 0
N. Bellore 43 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
N. Bellore 0-1 0.0 0 0
C. Washington 45 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
C. Washington 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
8/10 10/10
M. Prater 1/1 33 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Martin 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 42.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
14 44.6 6
S. Martin 4 42.8 2 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Agnew 39 CB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 27.8 45 0
J. Agnew 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63% 255 2 0 118.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.7% 753 4 2 85.2
D. Prescott 17/27 255 2 0 22
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
29
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 152 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 426 2
E. Elliott 25 152 0 41 29
R. Smith 45 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 27 0
R. Smith 6 22 0 9 2
T. Austin 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 41 0
T. Austin 1 7 0 7 0
D. Prescott 4 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 87 0
D. Prescott 3 2 0 2 22
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
29
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 88 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 125 1
E. Elliott 4 4 88 1 38 29
C. Beasley 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 53 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 185 0
C. Beasley 5 4 53 0 19 5
M. Gallup 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 76 0
M. Gallup 5 2 45 0 37 4
G. Swaim 87 TE
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 39 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 104 1
G. Swaim 5 3 39 1 31 9
A. Hurns 17 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 81 0
A. Hurns 5 3 30 0 12 3
R. Smith 45 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 0 0
R. Smith 1 1 0 0 0 2
R. Gathers 80 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
R. Gathers 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Austin 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 81 2
T. Austin 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-5 0 5.0
D. Lawrence 6-2 3.0 0 0
L. Vander Esch 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-4 0 0.0
L. Vander Esch 5-1 0.0 0 0
J. Smith 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-10 0 2.0
J. Smith 5-2 0.0 0 0
C. Awuzie 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-5 0 0.0
C. Awuzie 5-3 0.0 0 0
J. Heath 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-6 0 0.0
J. Heath 2-1 0.0 0 0
B. Jones 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-1 0 0.0
B. Jones 2-1 0.0 0 0
T. Charlton 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 1.0
T. Charlton 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Wilson 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 1.0
D. Wilson 2-2 0.0 0 0
X. Woods 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
X. Woods 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Reid 51 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Reid 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
A. Brown 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Ross 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
D. Ross 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Gregory 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Gregory 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Thomas 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
J. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Smith 45 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
R. Smith 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Frazier 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-5 0 1.0
K. Frazier 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Armstrong 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
D. Armstrong 0-1 0.0 0 0
A. Woods 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 1.0
A. Woods 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Maher 2 K
14
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 2/2
SEASON FG XP
8/9 5/5
B. Maher 4/4 43 2/2 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 39.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
17 46.1 4
C. Jones 2 39.0 1 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Thompson 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 24.5 35 0
D. Thompson 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 25 2:16 4 30 Punt
10:57 DET 30 4:18 7 29 Punt
4:30 DET 23 4:11 9 77 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:01 DET 25 8:11 13 60 FG
1:39 DET 25 1:35 5 13 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:15 DET 12 2:13 3 0 Punt
2:59 DET 25 3:39 7 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:49 DET 25 3:32 6 75 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:44 DAL 20 1:47 3 8 Punt
6:39 DAL 10 2:09 7 76 FG
0:19 DAL 25 4:18 12 50 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:50 DAL 25 1:11 4 75 TD
0:04 DAL 19 0:04 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 25 5:45 9 27 Punt
7:02 DAL 36 4:03 8 64 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:20 DAL 11 8:31 16 85 FG
2:17 DAL 25 2:17 9 55 FG