"As an offense, whenever we got the football, it was pretty much the same".
It was a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive and a seven-play, 48-yard drive that helped separate things in the fourth quarter.
The Redskins (6-4-1) got swept by their NFC East rival, and the defending division champions fell 3 1/2 games behind Dallas with five games left.
This wasn't like the Dallas-Pittsburgh game - still the most entertaining of the season - when good offenses took advantage of bad defenses in a game that always seemed like the best team would come out on top. Elliott's 1-yard run with 6:29 remaining gave Dallas a 31-19 lead.
"Honestly, I don't even know how the National Football League playoffs work", said Elliott, who gained 97 yards on 20 carries and leads the National Football League with 1,199. It was the second consecutive week he finished with 97 yards after some difficulty in the first half.
"We pulled within striking distance a couple of times, but the way Dallas was able to come back and score says a lot of how good of a football team they have and why they're leading out division", Cousins said.
The defense needs to make the occasional big stop.. "It really broke their back".
Despite picking up a 10th straight win Thursday against the Washington Redskins, the Dallas Cowboys did not force a turnover for the third straight game. The score came with 1:53 left in the game when Cousins hit Reed for the second time in the game from the Dallas 8. The Cowboys rookie, who didn't seem to be looking for anything but a run, quickly flicked his wrist and hit a covered Dez Bryant in ideal stride just before the goal line. Reed left the game in the first half after suffering an AC joint separation in his left shoulder.
For Washington fans, Thursday's showdown was all they wanted for Thanksgiving since Sunday's 42-24 rout of Green Bay, when the FedEx Field stands erupted in chants of "We-want-Dall-as!"
In the Cowboys' only loss of the season, Prescott completed only six of 17 fourth-quarter passes against the Giants. And maybe if he's a defense-minded coach, he doesn't attempt a field goal that is 1 yard longer than Dustin Hopkins' career long of 54.
Washington had chances to get off the field on that drive, twice putting the Cowboys in third-and-long, but on the second attempt, rookie Kendall Fuller allowed a 25-yard pass to Dez Bryant. Robert Kelley had a light workload, only churning out 37 yards on 14 carries.
Cousins and the Redskins will be off for 10-days before the second of three straight road games in Arizona on December 4.
Cousins had to battle it during a second-quarter drive that ended in the second of Hopkins' two missed field goals: a 55-yarder.
Prescott threw away from the sun to Williams for the touchdown on the subsequent possession, and the glare wasn't a factor after that.
Antonio Brown scored three touchdowns in the 28-7 win, as the Colts badly struggled without first-choice quarterback Andrew Luck at home.
The Steelers (6-5) helped their playoff chances with a second straight win and snapped a four-game losing streak on Thanksgiving. In those situations, it's beneficial to call two plays in the huddle, so the players will know where to go if the first one ends with the clock rolling.
Earlier this month, Prater made a game-tying 58-yard field goal at the end of regulation at Minnesota and the Lions won in overtime.
1st Quarter: Cousins completes a 22-yard pass to tight end Vernon Davis. "Not only are you see him [Prescott] gaining when they got that pursuit coming after him, you see him run by a secondary player and then when he puts that stiff-arm [out] you quit worrying about him a little bit. I know he can make that kick", Gruden said.