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Cowboys survive Vikings, win 11th straight

It was Dak Prescott's dream to play quarterback in the NFL. But to play for his favorite team has been something special for the rookie in his emergence with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys turned in another solid defensive effort and cashed in a key turnover Thursday night as they held off the Vikings, 17-15.

It came down to the final seconds. The Vikings drove and scored their only touchdown of the game with 25 seconds left when Jerick McKinnon caught a pass in the flats from Sam Bradford, but the two-point conversion failed and Jason Witten recovered the ensuing kick to preserve the win.

The Cowboys trailed, 9-7, in the fourth quarter when Cowboys linebacker Kyle Wilber basically took the ball away from Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen on a punt return, and on the next play Dak Prescott threw a pass to Dez Bryant for an 8-yard touchdown that provided the winning points.

Timing was more important than consistency for the Cowboys, who have won 11 straight and improve to 11-1.

The Vikings felt Cedric Thornton should have been called for illegal hands to the face as he closed on Bradford on the two-point conversion, but the Vikings were ultimately sunk by settling for three Kai Forbath field goals and not scoring a touchdown in the first 59:35.

The touchdown was the 65th of Bryant’s career, tying him with Michael Irvin for the Cowboys’ franchise record. The Cowboys only previously led, 7-3, on a 1-yard touchdown run by Ezekiel Elliott in the second quarter following a 56-yard pass from Prescott to Bryant.

Each team turned the ball over once, and the difference ended up being the Cowboys getting a touchdown out of theirs. The Cowboys won despite converting 1-of-9 third-down chances, being outgained, 318-264, and racking up 10 penalties for 78 yards.

Elliott finished with 86 rushing yards on 20 carries.

The Vikings have lost six of seven. They’re 6-6 and are left to root against both the Lions and the Packers in the NFC North race.