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NFL Rewind: Cowboys score upset at Lambeau for fourth win in a row

The Minnesota Vikings had the week off but improved their position in the National Football League's NFC-North Division thanks to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys went to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. , scene of one of their most-remembered defeats, the 1967 "Ice Bowl" and where they had won only once before. Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott again led the Cowboys in a 30-16 victory. The only other Dallas win at Lambeau was in 2008 (27-16). Dallas has defeated Green Bay three times in road games played in Milwaukee, however.

The outcome left Minnesota (5-1) with a two-game lead over Green Bay (3-2) in the division standings. It also kept Dallas (5-1) on top in the NFC-East on a day when division rival Washington (4-2) scored an important win over Philadelphia.

Atlanta put its four-game win streak on the line against the Seahawks in Seattle and lost, 26-24, on a late field goal by Steven Hauschka.

Kansas City knotted the AFC-West race by defeating the Raiders, 26-10, in Oakland, leaving the Chiefs, Raiders and Denver Broncos all with two losses.

Pittsburgh was upset at Miami, but the loss didn't hurt the AFC-North leaders much because the other teams in the division all lost, too.

A capsule look at Sunday's Week Six NFL games.:

Game of the day

Cowboys 30, Packers 16

The scoop: The brash young Cowboys made their most impressive statement yet, beating the Packers at Lambeau Field and doing it decisively. Green Bay never led in the game. Rookie QB Dak Prescott passed for three Dallas touchdowns as he compelted 18 of 27 for 247 yards. He did throw his first NFL interception, though, when he was picked off by Green Bay safety Morgan Burnett in the third quarter. Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott scored no touchdowns but he ran for 157 yards in 28 attempts, giving him a league-leading 703 for the season.
Why the Cowboys won: They kept Aaron Rodgers and Co. out of the end zone until a 6-yard pass to Randall Cobb with 6:53 left in the game.

The contenders

Seahawks 26, Falcons 24

The scoop: Steven Hauschka kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:57 left to win it for Seattle. Atlanta had blocked an extra point try which would have tied the game at 24 on the previous Seahawks' possession.AFter trailing 17-3 at the half, Atlanta moved in front scoring on touchdown drives of 75, 79 and 97 yards with Matt Ryan capping each one. Ryan completed 27 of 42 for 335 yards. Seattle ran for all three of its scores as Russell Wilson passed for 270 yards but no TDs.
Why the Seahawks won: Atlanta came into the game with the NFL's leading offense (457.4 average) but finished with 362, only 52 on the ground. The Falcons did nothing in three offensive series in the fourth quarter.

Dolphins 30, Steelers 15

The scoop: Miami converted two interceptions thrown by Ben Roethlisberger into a field goal and a touchdown. The field goal, second of the game by Andrew Franks, put Miami ahead to stay, 9-8 with 5"23 to play in the second quarter. The Dolphins gained 222 yards rushing, 204 by Jay Ajayi, who ran for two touchdowns. Ryan Tannehill who came into the game with a 6-7 TD-INT ratio, threw no touchdown passes but had no turnovers either.
Why the Dolphins won: They found a running game, gaining 222 yards on the ground and had no turnovers. Also, the Miami defense which had been giving up 401 yards a game, allowed only 297.

Patriots 35, Bengals 17

The scoop: It looked as if New England was in for a struggle, but the Patriots outscored Cincinnati, 25-3 in the second half to win going away. Tom Brady (29 of 35, 376 yards) passed for three touchdowns, one for 4 yards to Rob Gronkowski to put the Pats ahead 19-14 in the third quarter. Tight ends Gronkowski (7) and Martellus Bennett (5) had 12 catches between them for 210 yards. Another 10 passes went to running backs James White and LeGarrette  Blount. Gronkowski had a career high 162 receiving yards.
Why the Patriots won: They scored on their last four possessions in the second half while giving up only a field goal to the Bengals.

Chiefs 26, Raiders 10

The scoop: Kansas City ran all over Oakland, gaining 183 yards on the ground with Spencer Ware, Jamal Charles and defensive tackle Dontari pole running for short touchdowns. Oakland had been allowing 122 rushing yards a game. Ware ran for 131 in 24 attempts, more than double Oakland's team total.
Why the Chiefs won: Kansas City dominated the second half, 13-0. The Chiefs ran 40 offensive plays to 23 for Oakland and had the ball nearly 22 minutes out of 40. Oakland crossed midfield only once, then lost the ball on a fumble.

Redskins 27, Eagles 20

The scoop: Philadelphia never had the lead in this NFC-East matchup and the Eagles' only touchdowns were an 86-yard kickoff return by rookie Wendell Smallwood and a 64-yard interception return by safety Malcolm Jenkins both in second quarter to wipe out a 14-0 Washington lead.  It was all field goals in the second half with two by each side.
Why the Redskins won: They outgained Philadelphia 230-94 rushing and sacked rookie quarterback Carson Wentz five times while limiting him to 11 completions for 179 yards.

The pretenders

Lions 31, Rams 28

The scoop: Matthew Stafford passed four four touchdowns, giving him 14 for the season, and directed a nine-play drive to set up the winning field goal from 34 yards by Matt Prater with 1:29 left. Stafford completed 23 of 31 for 270 yards and had a 139.8 passer rating. After Prater's last kick, Case Keenum threw an interception to Rafael Bush and Detroit ran out the final 1:01.
Why the Lions won: They put on a goalline stand, taking over on downs at their 1-yard line on the final play of the first half.

Saints 41, Panthers 38

The scoop: New Orleans jumped to a 21-0 lead only to see the Panthers come back and tie the game at 38-all with on Cam Newton's 2-yard run with 2:58 left. Drew Brees then completed 8 of 9 passes on a 41-yard drive that set up the winning field goal from 52 yards by W Lutz with 11 seconds left. ... Carolina got back into it by scoring touchdown on three straight series in the fourth quarter with Jonathan Stewart running for two scores. Newton returned to action and completed 27 of 47 for 322 yards and one TD. Brees was 34 of 49 overall for 465 yards and four touchdowns, one an 87-yarder to Brandin Cooks, who had a 98-yard reception for a scored in Week One.
Why the Saints won: Brees was allowed to operated. He dropped back 50 times to pass and was sacked only once. He had completions to 10 different receives.

Giants 27, Ravens 23

The scoop: Eli Manning threw second-half touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr., for 75 and 66 yards in the second half ending a three-game New York losing streak.  The second won the game with 1:24 left to play and capped a 75-yard drive that began just before the 2-minute warning.  Beckham had left the game briefly in the first half with a hip injury.  ... New York took charge after a stodgy first half which ended with the Ravens leading 10-7. The Giants rolled up 310 yards of offense in the second half. Terrance West scored both Baltimore TDs on short runs, the last giving the Ravens a 23-20 lead with 2:04 to play.  The Ravens, who have lost three in a row after a 3-0 start, were at the Giants' 29-yard line when the game ended.
Why the Giants won: After taking an early 10-0 lead, Baltimore went five straight possessions without scoring while New York regrouped.

Titans 28, Browns 26

The scoop: Cleveland made it look closer than it was with two touchdowns in the last 2:07. One was the second TD reception of the game by Terrell Pryor from Cody Kessler. Marcus Mariota passed for three Tennessee scores. The last for 15 yards to Anthony Fasano put the Titans in front 28-13 with 6:43 left.Kessler completed 26 of 431 for 336 yards but was sacked six times.
Why the Titans won: Cleveland went three-and-out in four series in a row for a minus19 net yards to begin the second half while Tennessee was expanding its lead.

Texans 26, Colts 23

The scoop: Nick Novak kicked a 33-yard field goal with 8:13 left in overtime to win it. Indianapolis led 23-9 with 7:12 left in regulation then self-destructed on offense, defense and special teams.
Why the Texas  won: Houston QB Brock Osweiler was ineffective again for three quarters, then ended up outplaying Andrew Luck of the Colts.

Dog of the day

Jaguars 17, Bears 16

The scoop: Blake Bortles hit Aurellius Benn on a 51-yard pass play to bring the Jaguars from behind and give them their second win in a row. ... Chicago led by 11 after Connor Barth's 32-yard field goal, his second of the game with 8:28 left the the Bears' defense couldn't hold the lead.
Why the Jaguars won: They allowed Chicago only one touchdown in four visits to the Red Zone.

 

 

News wire services contributed to this report.

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