Despite a valiant effort by the defense, the Dallas Cowboys (2-3) fall to the Houston Texans (2-3) in overtime 19-16 Sunday night in Houston.
The Cowboys got off to a fast start moving down the field with a good mix in the play calling, including a big catch by Rico Gathers for 32 yards to get inside the Texans’ red zone. Yet, on both drives, Dallas would stall and would be forced to kick field goals, leading 6-0 as the first quarter ended.
The Texans offense got going in the second quarter, first by quarterback Deshaun Watson and All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins constantly making plays together. Hopkins would finish the game with 9 catches and 151 yards. Once inside the Cowboys’ five yard line, Watson would find rookie receiver Keke Coutee for a one-yard touchdown to put the Texans up 7-6. They would add a field goal later to extend their lead again to 10-6.
.With the Cowboys driving late in the first half, quarterback Dak Prescott throws a pick and gives the Texans live to add more points before the half. As Houston faces fourth and goal on the one-yard line, they decide to go for it. Linebacker Jaylon Smith chases down Watson all the way to the sideline and knocks him down for a loss and preventing any more points for the Texans, as they head to the locker room still leading 10-6.
To start the 3rd quarter, the Cowboys force a fumble off Hopkins and recover the ball deep inside the Texans’ territory. Dallas than fakes a double reverse before throwing it for three-yards to Allen Hurns for the Cowboys first touchdown and a lead of 13-10 early in the third.
The Texans would have a successful drive until they reached inside the 10-yard line and the Cowboys defense would shut them down and force them to make a field goal, tying the game at 13.
The fourth quarter would be a defensive show down between the two teams, especially by the Cowboys, who shut down the Texans offense multiple times at their own goal line. Eventually both teams would be tied at 16 a piece in the waning minutes of the game.
The Texans tried to win before the clock ran out, but Watson was picked off by safety Xavier Woods. Yet, the Cowboys couldn’t score either and the game went into overtime.
Dallas would get the ball but couldn’t convert on a 3rd and 1 and elected not to go for it on fourth down. They punted and put the Texans deep inside their own ten-yard line. Watson would later find Hopkins for a 49-yard catch to put them well into field-goal territory. Then Ka’imi Fairbairn lined up for a 36-yard field goal and helped the Texans take down the Cowboys in OT.
Prescott would finish the game throwing for 208 yards, one touchdown and 2 picks. Zeke Elliott had 20 carries for 54 yards and he only averaged 2.7 yards per rush. The leading receiver was Geoff Swaim who had 3 catches for 55 yards.
The Dallas Cowboys offense had a total of just 292 yards compared to the 462 yards that the Texans had. The Cowboys also continued to struggle on 3rd down going 4-for-14.
The Cowboys will now get ready to play one of the toughest defenses in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars coming to Arlington next week. Kickoff is set to be at 3:25 CST live on CBS.
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