Vikings vs. Cowboys: Live Scores, Highlights and Analysis
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Final: Cowboys 27, Vikings 23.
Tony Romo led the Cowboys 90 yards for the game-winning touchdown. After throwing an interception that gave the Minnesota Vikings the ball at the Dallas 41-yard line with 4:29 left in the game, the Dallas defense held, forcing the Vikings to punt the ball.
Romo passed for all 90 yards, completing 7-of-9 passes on the drive. The winning touchdown was a seven-yard pass to Dwayne Harris.
The Cowboys, favored by double digits in this game, struggled through the first half, scoring only six points. One of the top-scoring offenses in the NFL, Dallas only scored two touchdowns. Within 10 seconds of scoring the go-ahead touchdown to open the third quarter, the Dallas defense came up with a touchdown of their own. George Selvie stripped Christian Ponder of the football in the end zone, and Nick Hayden fell on it for the touchdown.
Romo finished the game completing 34 of 51 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns. Jason Witten led the Cowboys with eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Adrian Peterson tried his best to carry the Minnesota Vikings to their second win of the season.
Facing a critical 4th-and-inches on the Dallas 11-yard line with 5:49 left in the fourth quarter, Peterson took the hand-off and carried a handful of defenders with him into the end zone. Peterson finished with 140 yards on 25 carries. His run of 52 yards was the longest play in the game for either team.
Making his second-straight start for the Vikings, Christian Ponder was 25-of-37 passing with a touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph. He also rushed for a touchdown in the first half that gave the Vikings a 10-6 halftime lead.
The Cowboys improve to 5-4 and will face the Saints next week in New Orleans.
The Vikings drop to 1-7 and host the Redskins on a short week.
This loss for the Vikings is very much like the ones against the Bears and Browns, as the defense could not come up with a stop at a crucial time.
Losing by only four points this could be called a moral victory for the Vikings, but with as poorly as they played, it's really tough to see the Vikings give up a game they had every right to win.
ROMO COMES BACK AND WINS IT !! COWBOYS IMPROVE TO 5-4 !!! STILL 1st PLACE !!!!!— Cowboys Nation (@DC__Nation) November 3, 2013
Final: Cowboys 27, Vikings 23
In the end, the Cowboys were able to come up with a last-minute win.
The win keeps the Cowboys atop the NFC East.
0:42 left in the game: The Vikings find themselves in familiar territory—with the lead, but the opposition driving for a winning touchdown.
If the Cowboys lose this game, they will have no one to blame but themselves. They have done everything to lose.— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) November 3, 2013
Two-minute warning: There will be plenty of blame no matter how this game ends up.
2:44 left in the game: The Cowboys have the ball on their 10-yard line, and have 90 yards to go for the win.
How big is that missed PAT now?
3:04 left in the game: Facing a 4th-and-5, the Vikings are keeping their offense on the field. It worked last time, when they gave the ball to Adrian Peterson. On the Dallas 36-yard line, they should attempt the 53-yard field goal.
4:29 left in the game: Talk about falling into a pile and coming out smelling like roses. A.J. Jefferson, who was most likely in the game only because Xavier Rhodes was injured, comes up with a huge interception.
It's the first interception of the season by a Minnesota cornerback.
5:32 left in the game: And the hits (to the Vikings' defensive backfield) just keep on coming. Rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes leaves the game after getting hit by linebacker Chad Greenway on a tackle of DeMarco Murray.
8:27 left in the game: The biggest play of the game is a 52-yard run by Adrian Peterson.
He's been the biggest offensive weapon for the Vikings over the past two seasons. As a constant threat to break off a long run, the Vikings should never stop giving Peterson the ball.
10:50 left in the game: Why is backup safety Robert Blanton applauding a drop by Dez Bryant?
Perhaps because a dropped ball is the best possible outcome for a defensive play by the Vikings.
And there it is. Christian Ponder underthrows Greg Jennings and the Cowboys get the easy interception. #Vikings— VikingUpdate.com (@VikingUpdate) November 3, 2013
13:16 left in the game: The second turnover of the game goes in the favor of the Cowboys. Christian Ponder underthrows a deep ball to Greg Jennings and Orlando Scandrick makes the easy interception.
Vikings fans were just waiting for Ponder to return to playing like Ponder.
0:26 left in the third quarter: Dez Bryant implodes and puts the Dallas Cowboys out of field-goal range. On 3rd-and-15 he is flagged for offensive pass interference.
That wasn't too bad. The Vikings would have most likely declined the penalty and forced the Cowboys to try a 50-plus yard field goal.
But Bryant helped the Vikings' cause by taking off his helmet and arguing with the officials. It pushed the Cowboys back 15 yards and forced them to punt.
If the Vikings can capitalize on this opportunity and win the game, this will be one of the plays everyone points to.
4:26 left in the third quarter: It may not be a popular call for Cowboys' fans, but the officials got it right after huddling up. After Mistral Raymond was flagged for a hit with the helmet on Terrence Williams, the referees reconsidered the call and the flag was picked up.
6:27 left in the third quarter: I don't think I ever want to play golf with Tony Romo. On a 3rd-and-1 the Vikings hold, but as the officials placed the ball, Romo tried to push it forward with his foot wedge.
As I've heard some people say, if you're not cheating, you're not trying. Nice try Romo.
8:11 left in the game: Wow! This game started out as a defensive struggle with field goals exchanged, but it has really opened up in the second half.
The teams have combined for 21 points in less than eight minutes.
9:30 left in the third quarter: Talk about a swing in momentum. Dallas has come out in the second half playing like the better team.
A quick score by the offense, then the defense makes the Vikings pay for the mistake made by rookie Cordarrelle Patterson.
12:37 left in the third quarter: The Cowboys have given up leads in each of their four losses, so they might as well come back from a deficit to win this one.
Hey the Cowboys may not have the best team, but at least their stadium is awesome.— Steven Devine (@Fromthe270HPT) November 3, 2013
Halftime: Here's a positive way to look at things.
At least the Cowboys are in first place of their division.
Garrett isn't a bad coach, he's just bad for the Cowboys...he's too conservative with all this talent, he'd be great for teams like KC— #iBelieveInTonyRomo (@Aye_itsPeter) November 3, 2013
Like the quarterbacks for this game, the head coaches have also faced plenty of criticism.
Let's see how creatively the cowboys blow this game after half.— Keegan Kelly (@thefellymrkelly) November 3, 2013
Dallas fans have seen this before.
I'd like the Cowboys to win.. for division sake. But.. Romo is pulling a Romo.— Redwood Johnson (@BlameOtis) November 3, 2013
You've got to wonder who gets more criticism: Christian Ponder or Tony Romo.
This is a pathetic performance by the Cowboys in the 1st half.— Jason Romano (@JasonRomano) November 3, 2013
Halftime: It has not been a great first half for the Cowboys. They average more than 28 points per game, but have only six in the first half today.
0:39 left in the second quarter: The Cowboys give up the third sack of the game, stalling at their own 37-yard line.
The Vikings have played much better this half.
0:59 left in the second half: Big catch by Terrence Williams on 3rd-and-17. He goes 29 yards for the first down. It's his first catch of the game.
That looked like the Vikings' defense this season.
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