What you need to know about Cowboys-Lions Game 1
The Cowboys and Lions were set to meet Sunday afternoon, and a game that was expected to be decided by a touchdown was ultimately decided by three points.
This was a game of big plays and big moments.
The Cowboys won on three different drives, with Dak Prescott throwing two touchdown passes to Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott, and Dez Prescott finishing with 39 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
The Lions, on the other hand, didn’t make it any easier for themselves, going 2-3 on the ground.
On the final drive of the first half, they had a first-and-goal at their own 22, and then Ezekiel Elliott had a chance to tie the game on a third down but missed a big open field hit.
On a third-and.
three-and.-goal from their 35, Elliott hit two passes that set up a fourth-and–five and the Lions would tie the score.
But on the Lions’ next drive, the Cowboys’ defense came up with a stop on third-down.
This time, it was a stop by safety Anthony Barr, who was the first defender to get to the line of scrimmage.
Elliott went to the ground and was pulled from the game.
The play was ruled incomplete, but it did put the Cowboys up 24-20.
“We made a bunch of plays in the game, and it’s just hard to do that,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said after the game after the Lions lost by just two points.
The biggest play of the night was probably when Elliott made a tough diving catch, which set up his second touchdown pass of the game with 6:16 left in the second half.
The ball was incomplete, though.
“The play was pretty good, and that’s why we came back and scored a touchdown,” Elliott said.
“It’s kind of an awesome feeling to have a touchdown and get the game back in your hands.”
Elliott had 11 catches for 135 yards and one touchdown, but the Lions were without Calvin Johnson (back) and Joique Bell (shoulder) for the game as well.
The loss was a big blow for the Lions, who had a bye week to prepare for a potential playoff push.
The last time the Lions played a playoff team was in 2013, and they didn’t even make it past the NFC Championship Game that season.