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Originally Published: November 24, 2016 11:09 p.m.
COWBOYS 31, REDSKINS 26
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott ran for a pair of scores and the Dallas Cowboys extended their franchise regular-season record with a 10th straight victory, beating the Washington Redskins 31-26 on Thursday.
The rookie quarterback tied Don Meredith's club record from 50 years ago with his fifth rushing TD and the NFL-leading Cowboys (10-1) won despite 449 yards passing and three touchdowns from Kirk Cousins, the first Redskins quarterback with two 400-yard games in a season.
The Redskins (6-4-1) were swept by their NFC East rival, and the defending division champions fell 3 1/2 games behind Dallas after their seventh Thanksgiving loss to the Cowboys in eight tries.
Elliott, the NFL rushing leader, had the fourth score on five straight second-half touchdown drives between the two teams with a 1-yard run for a 31-19 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The 21-year-old had 97 yards to give him 1,199 for the season.
The Cowboys had an eight-game streak with at least 400 yards snapped, finishing with 353. But Dallas answered with touchdowns each time the Redskins got within a score. After Cousins' second scoring toss to Jordan Reed, an 8-yarder with 1:53 remaining, Dustin Hopkins' onside kick went out of bounds, and the Cowboys ran out the clock.
Prescott was 17 of 24 for 195 yards and one touchdown. Cousins was 41 of 53, finishing 8 yards shy of his career high.
LIONS 16, VIKINGS 13
DETROIT (AP) — Matt Prater kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired after Darius Slay returned an interception 13 yards with 30 seconds left, lifting Detroit past Minnesota and into sole possession of first place in the NFC North.
The Lions (7-4) have won six of seven, including two against Minnesota this month, despite trailing in the fourth quarter of every game this season. They extended their NFL record of having their first 11 games decided by seven or fewer points.
The Vikings (6-5) have lost five of six, plummeting out of first place after surging to the top of the division by winning their first five games.
Minnesota could have played for overtime on its last drive, but coach Mike Zimmer allowed Sam Bradford to throw and Slay made him regret it.
STEELERS 28, COLTS 7
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown hooked up for three touchdowns and Pittsburgh's defense shut down Indianapolis.
The Steelers (6-5) helped their playoff chances with a second straight victory.
Andrew Luck sat out with a concussion, leaving Scott Tolzien under center for the Colts (5-6).
The Steelers built a 21-7 lead by scoring touchdowns on each of their first three possessions — a 5-yard TD run from Le'Veon Bell, and touchdown catches by Brown of 25 and 33 yards.
Roethlisberger was 14 of 20 for 221 yards, Brown caught five passes for 91 yards and Bell ran 23 times for 120 yards. Tolzien was 22 of 36 for 205 yards with a TD and two interceptions.