Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Cowboys win 10th in a row

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott keep winning for the Cowboys, even with Kirk Cousins setting records for the Redskins.

Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, Elliott ran for a pair of scores and the Cowboys extended their franchise regular-season record with a 10th straight victory, beating the Redskins 31-26 Thursday.

Prescott tied Don Meredith's club quarterback record from 50 years ago with his fifth rushing touchdown of the season, and the NFL-leading Cowboys (10-1) won despite 449 yards passing and three touchdowns from Cousins, the first Redskins quarterback with two 400-yard games in a season.

"Over and over and over again, at critical moments, (Prescott) came up with a big play," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said.

The Redskins got swept by their NFC East rival, and the defending division champions fell 31/2 games behind Dallas with five games left. "The last five games of the year are critical," Washington coach Jay Gruden said.

Elliott, the NFL's rushing leader, gave Dallas a 31-19 lead with a 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. He had 97 yards to give him 1,199 for the season.

Ben, Brown lead Steelers

INDIANAPOLIS — Ben Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown for three touchdowns, Le'Veon Bell rushed for 120 yards and a score, and the Steelers' defense made two key goal-line stops in a 28-7 win over the Colts.

Pittsburgh helped its playoff chances with a second straight win. It built a 21-7 lead by scoring touchdowns on each of its first three possessions.

Roethlisberger was 14-of-20 for 220 yards and the scoring passes to Brown, who had five catches for 99 yards in his second career three-touchdown game. The other also came against the Colts (two scoring passes, punt return).

Colts QB Andrew Luck sat out with a concussion as Indianapolis' first winning streak of the year ended at two. His replacement, Scott Tolzien, had 205 yards passing and one touchdown, but he was intercepted twice. The Colts had two good chances to cut their deficit, but Tolzien was stopped twice on third-down runs at the 1, and the Steelers forced incompletions on both fourth-down plays.

Lions knock out Vikings

DETROIT — Cornerback Darius Slay's interception of Sam Bradford with 30 seconds left set up Matt Prater's 40-yard field goal as time expired, and the Lions beat the Vikings 16-13 and got sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

"I knew they were going to throw," Slay said. "They didn't want overtime. They know what happened last time." This month, Prater made a tying 58-yard field goal at the end of regulation at Minnesota and the Lions won in overtime.

The Lions, who have won six of seven, have trailed in the fourth quarter of every game this season. They trailed Minnesota 13-10 in the fourth after Kai Forbath's 28-yard field goal at 12:38.

The Vikings have lost five of six, plummeting out of first after surging to the top by winning their first five games.

Gronk back in? Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice for a second day, one day after reports said he would miss a second straight game Sunday against the Jets with a chest injury, ESPN reported. Quarterback Tom Brady (leg) did not practice for a second straight day, but reports again said the injury should not affect his availability Sunday.

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