ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliott ran for a goal and the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants 28-20 on Thanksgiving Day.
Rookie Peyton Hendershot had a 2-yard run for a TD before directing all three of his close friends into a giant Salvation Army red cauldron for a Whac-A-Mole celebration.
The win ended a three-game losing streak on the holiday for the Cowboys (8-3), who were a game ahead of the Giants in the NFC East to win the season series.
Prescott’s TD shots against Schultz came about five minutes apart in the third quarter, turning a 13-7 deficit into a 21-13 lead. The first was a 15-yarder on third-and-goal.
The Dallas quarterback has 10 straight wins against the Giants since losing to them twice as the Cowboys went 13-3 in his rookie year in 2016.
CeeDee Lamb had six catches for 106 yards and assisted three Dallas touchdowns. Elliott had a season-high 92 yards and the Cowboys overcame two interceptions from Prescott, who threw for 261 yards.
Saquon Barkley was held at 39 yards in the Giants’ third loss in their last four games (7-4) when he rushed with a 1-yard TD behind a makeshift offensive line that had three starters missing through injury.
BILLS 28, LIONS 25
DETROIT — Tyler Bass scored a 45-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to lift Buffalo past Detroit for its second win in five days at Ford Field.
Josh Allen set up the crucial kick by starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and running twice for 12 yards. Buffalo (8-3) has clinched back-to-back wins to move a half-game ahead of Miami in the AFC East.
The Bills were back in Detroit after the NFL moved their previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field after a winter storm dumped several feet of snow in western New York. They had to work harder to win than they did against the Browns on Thursday. In the 31-23 win over Cleveland, Bass was 6-6 on field goals.
Allen threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Diggs with 2:40 left, but Bass missed the extra point to make it 25-22.
The Lions (4-7) converted a fourth and one from midfield with a 7-yard end-around from Amon-Ra St. Brown to set up Michael Badgley’s 51-yarder with 23 seconds left.
VIKINGS 33, PATRIOTS 26
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, the last a go-ahead for Adam Thielen in the fourth quarter to push Minnesota past New England.
Justin Jefferson had 139 yards and one of Cousins’ touchdown passes that provided exactly the clutch performance against an impressive defense the Vikings (9-2) needed to recover from a blowout loss to Dallas. That earned rookie coach Kevin O’Connell a win over Bill Belichick, who drafted him to the Patriots in 2008.
Mac Jones rushed for a career-high 382 yards and two points to bring life to a delayed offense for the Patriots (6-5), but they ran out of breath on the stretch. Her fourth quarter included two 3-and-out punts, a turnover on downs at the Minnesota 39, and a desperate final drive that went nowhere.
Jones found Hunter Henry for a wide-open 37-yard touchdown pass to start the second half with a 23-16 lead. Kene Nwangwu hit on a 97-yard kickoff return to hit straight back for the Vikings.