And we have another record. Make that nine straight victories for your Cowboys, the longest winning streak in the 57-year history of the team.
In a game that featured power vs. power, Dallas sent 93,056 fans home happy with a 27-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens. The Cowboys offense, averaging a league-best 161 yards rushing per game coming into this matchup, was facing the NFL's top defense, a unit that was allowing only 71.3 yards on the ground. Advantage Dallas.
Still, to say it was a grind would be an understatement. But as the game went along, the more confident, and more in control, the Cowboys seemingly got. In the end, Ezekiel Elliott managed to finish with 97 rushing yards on 25 attempts, a workhorse 3.9 yards per carry.
Given the struggles of the run game, the Cowboys turned to quarterback Dak Prescott, who shined. After throwing for only 31 yards in the first quarter, the rookie went on total 301 yards for the game, completing 75 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and again no interceptions.
On the other side of the ball, the defense struggled at times, especially early, and gave up 368 yards of offense to the Ravens. But they held the visitors to under 20 points and again did not allow a 100-yard rusher or receiver. Not a bad day's work.
The way things started, though, the Cowboys appeared to be in for a long day. The first quarter saw the Cowboys struggle to move the ball, rushing for 27 total yards on seven carries while Baltimore ripped off 71 rushing yards on only six tries. Unable to get much going on offense, Dallas failed to record a point in the opening frame for only the second time all year, also getting shutout in Week 4 at San Francisco.
No worries, right? As fans may recall, the Cowboys came back to win that game against the 49ers as well.
About the only bright spot for Dallas in the first quarter was Elliott surpassing Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett for the most rushing yards by a rookie in Cowboys history. Elliott came into the game with 1,005 yards on the season, just three away from passing Dorsett's mark of 1,007, set during the 1977 campaign. After a 1-yard gain on the first play, his 2-yard pickup on the second snap gave him the record.
Most of the Ravens yardage in the first quarter came on a six-play, 90-yard drive that saw the visitors enjoy plays of 27, 20, 16 and 18 yards. The latter came when running back Terrance West bolted off left tackle and into the end zone to put Baltimore on the board, 7-0.
[embeddedad0]The tide started to turn in the second stanza, though, with Prescott getting the team going through the air. Starting their second drive of the second quarter at their own 48-yard line, the Cowboys saw back-to-back penalties on the offensive line push them back to a first-and-30.
But Prescott scrambled for a 12-yard gain and hit Dez Bryant for another 12 yards to set up a third-and-6. That's when the quarterback connected with Brice Butler down the left side for a big 41-yard completion to the Baltimore 7. Two plays later, Prescott zipped one into Beasley just inside the pylon to tie the game.
And more signs of life were seen as the first half came to an end. The Ravens marched right down and kicked a 46-yard field goal to take the lead, but with just 1:37 remaining in the quarter, Prescott was able to get his side into field goal range as well. The big blow in the possession came when the quarterback found Bryant across the middle, the receiver then spinning away and pushing ahead for 26 yards into Baltimore territory. Shortly after that, Dan Bailey split the uprights on a 30-yarder with only 8 seconds remaining to send the two teams into the break tied, 10-10.
With two straight possessions putting points on the board to end the first half, the Cowboys extended that run to five consecutive in the second half. And they did so while working down the clock.
The first was a 10-play, 92-yard drive that chewed up 5:49 of time, a series that ended with Prescott throwing a perfect back-shoulder fade from 4 yards out to Bryant on the left side of the end zone. With the connection, Prescott joined Dan Marino and Russell Wilson as the only rookie quarterbacks since 1970 with five consecutive games throwing at least two touchdown passes.
Dallas then reeled off a 13-play, 88-yard drive on their next possession that totaled 7:54 of time. And again, Prescott and Bryant connected for the score, the receiver running a slant on second-and-8 at the Baltimore 13-yard line, hauling it in and then carrying the defender the final 3 yards to paydirt. That marked Bryant's first two-score effort since the final game of the 2014 season.
Not going down without a fight, the Ravens made it interesting when they came right back with an 8-play, 75-yard drive of their own. Joe Flacco capped things off with a pass to Steve Smith in the end zone to pull the visitors to within seven points.
But that would be as close as they'd get. Taking over at its own 25-yard line with 7:25 remaining in the game, Dallas traveled down the field with a balanced attack.
Elliott carried the ball nine times for 30 yards while Prescott was good on all three of his pass attempts, two of which both went for 17 yards to Beasley.
The possession ended with a chip-shot 21-yard field by Bailey to put the Cowboys up by 10. But perhaps even more importantly, they rattled off 6:26 of game clock and forced Baltimore to use all three of its timeouts.
Which was too much for the Ravens to overcome, as Dallas held on for the 27-17 victory. With the win, the Cowboys improved to 9-1 and stayed atop the NFC East with the NFL's best record. They'll now turn around and host the rival Washington Redskins at 3:30 p.m. CT on Thanksgiving.
View some of our favorite photos from the Ravens vs. Cowboys game on Sunday, November 20 at AT&T Stadium.