PITTSBURGH — Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have little interest in the big picture. Yes, the rookies understand the Cowboys are on a historic roll. Just don't expect them to start thinking about what it all means.
"I really don't think about what's normal and what's abnormal," Prescott said.
Maybe because what's happening in Dallas might be the new normal.
Elliott ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns — both in the final two minutes — and turned a screen pass into an 83-yard score as the Cowboys pulled off a thrilling 35-30 victory over the Steelers on Sunday night for their eighth straight win.
Twice late in the fourth quarter, Dallas had the ball in Pittsburgh territory with a chance to run out the clock and attempt a winning field goal. Twice Elliott found himself running free into the end zone, the last a 32-yard sprint up the middle with nine seconds left.
"It parted like the Red Sea," Elliott said after pushing his season rushing total to an NFL-best 1,005 yards. "All I had to do was run."
Prescott overcame an early fumble to pass for 319 yards and two scores and felt his jaw drop while watching Elliott score the third and final touchdown of a wild final 115 seconds.
"I was just shaking my head like, 'Wow,' " Prescott said. "We were just trying to get us in position to get in good field goal range, and Zeke said otherwise."
When safety Byron Jones pushed Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown out of bounds at the Dallas 20 on the final play, the Cowboys had perhaps their most impressive victory of an increasingly surprising season.
Prescott also took another step toward stopping any discussion about the team's starting quarterback.
Veteran Tony Romo practiced during the week and is nearly fully recovered from a broken bone in his back, but he spent his Sunday afternoon the same way he spent every other one this season: in street clothes watching Prescott do his thing. The team declined to name Prescott the permanent starter afterward.
Even another remarkable day by Ben Roethlisberger couldn't prevent the Steelers from a fourth straight loss. Roethlisberger passed for 408 yards and three touchdowns, the final one a 15-yard strike to Brown with 42 seconds to go that put the Steelers up by a point. Roethlisberger faked a spike to stop the clock and found Brown on a play similar to one by Hall of Famer Dan Marino, who hit Mark Ingram for Miami against the Jets in 1994.
Marino's heady play won the game. Roethlisberger's may have come a little too quickly.
"I guess we left them too much time," Roethlisberger said.