Arlington, TX — A near historic comeback ended in misery Sunday as the Dallas Cowboys fell to the Cleveland Browns, 49-38, inside AT&T Stadium.
Down 41-14 at the start of the fourth quarter, it appeared obvious the Dallas Cowboys were headed towards a 1-3 start to end the first quarter of their season. The Browns had scored on seven of their nine offensive drives — rattling off 34-unanswered points.
In what has become a theme of this team’s 2020 season, the Cowboys began building their comeback. An 11-play, 77-yard drive, ended with a three-yard touchdown run by Tony Pollard. The offense didn’t even see a third-down in route to trimming the lead to 41-22 following their two-point conversion.
It was then time for the biggest ask of the game till that point — could the defense make a stop? Back-to-back runs from Cleveland’s D’Ernest Johnson, who had five yards entering the game, picked up a first down on the CLE 36.
A couple plays later the Browns was faced with a third-and-one. An attempted handoff to Dontrell Hilliard was blown up by DeMarcus Lawrence for a loss of five, which resulted in a punt.
Dallas took over on their own 16. A swing pass behind the line of scrimmage to Pollard finished with a 16-yard pass down to the 32, after he avoided a couple of Browns defenders. Passes to Cooper, Blake Bell and Noah Brown had the Cowboys inside the Browns 35.
After a five-yard run from Ezekiel Eliott, Prescott found Dalton Shultz for a 26-yard touchdown. A quarterback draw from Prescott on the two-point try moved the score to 41-30 with 6:31 to go.
A three-and-out from Cleveland put the ball back into a hot Prescott’s hands. Beginning on their 20, Prescott began to carve the Browns defense.
A 12-yard pass to Cedrick Wilson was followed by a 14-yard pass to Shultz and a pair of passes to Cooper and Pollard.
Prescott went back to Cooper for a 16-yard pass across the middle to spot up on the CLE 32. Prescott continue to find his reads underneath before connecting with Lamb on a five-yard touchdown pass.
A designed reverse to Cooper on the two-point attempt saw him sprint into the left side of the endzone to sit the score at 41-38 with 3:42 left.
The Cowboys attempt at the watermelon kick that worked against Atlanta two games failed and set the Browns up at midfield. And, just as trickery gave Cleveland their first score of the game, it effectively ended the game on their first play of the drive. A reverse to Odell Beckham Jr. was nearly blown up by Aldon Smith, but the elusive receiver was able to get to the edge before outrunning the defense for a 50-yard score.
The ensuing extra point was blocked and was attempted to be returned by Jaylon Smith whose error caused the ball to roll into the endzone before being recovered by Cleveland for a two-point play.
Down 49-38, Prescott tried to rally his offense. He got them down to the eight-yard line before throwing the game-ending interception.
The Cowboys (1-3) travel to New York for a divisional game against the Giants Sunday.
After jumping out to a 14-7 lead on a 43-yard touchdown connection from Dak Prescott to CeeDee Lamb and 20-yard dime from Prescott to Amari Cooper, the Browns began an all out onslaught on the Cowboys’ defense.
The Browns responded to Dallas’ scoring drive with a nine-play, 75-yard drive, that ended in a four-yard touchdown pass from Bake Mayfield to OBJ.
Unfortunately, Dallas’ offensive mistakes began from there. Back-to-back fumbles resulted in a pair of Cleveland touchdowns – giving them a 28-14 advantage. A Dallas punt on their next possession allowed Cleveland to kick an end-of-half field goal to extend their lead to 31-14.
Dallas’ defense did little to offset the offensive mistakes. The Browns opened the second half with another touchdown behind a dominant rushing attack. They ended the game with 40 attempts for 307 yards.
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