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Which way to Houston? Cowboys show that they can win ugly against the Vikings

Elliot and Bryant TDs take Cowboys one step closer to the playoffs.

Byron Jones leads the Cowboys' celebrations after breaking up a pass in the endzone.
Byron Jones leads the Cowboys' celebrations after breaking up a pass in the endzone.
Image: Jim Mone

THE DALLAS COWBOYS equalled the franchise’s longest winning streak on Thursday night as they held off a frantic last minute Minnesota rally to beat the Vikings 17-15.

Dallas won its 11th consecutive game this season as they prevented Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford from scoring the potential game-tying two point conversion with 30 seconds left.

“We just stuck together. That was a good team we just played but we always believe in ourselves,” said quarterback Dak Prescott who completed 12-of-18 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Their offence was held to season lows in a number of areas but they found a way to pull this one out ahead of a much needed 10-day break in the schedule.

The Cowboys can become the first NFL team to clinch a postseason spot with a loss or a tie by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or a loss by the Washington Redskins this weekend.

Bradford zipped a pass well over the head of his target in the back of the end zone on the two-point conversion. He had just led the Vikings on a thrilling eight-play, 65-yard drive that started with just over two minutes left in regulation.

On the conversion attempt, he attracted lots of pressure from the Cowboys’ defence and his desperation toss to Adam Thielen wasn’t even close.

“We have a great group of veterans who have been there and done this before so it keeps us all under control,” Prescott said.

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant finished with 84 receiving yards on four catches including a fourth-quarter touchdown while running back Ezekiel Elliott was bottled up for most of the night but did manage a 30-yard run in the fourth that set up a 39-yard field goal by kicker Dan Bailey.

The rookie phenom, who leads the league with 1,285 yards, finished with 86 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Minnesota held the Cowboys to season lows in points, yards and first downs.

© AFP 2016

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