MINNEAPOLIS — Dez Bryant caught four passes for 84 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter Thursday, helping the Cowboys win their 11th straight, 17-15 over the Vikings.
Bryant's 56-yard catch in the first half set up Ezekiel Elliott's 1-yard run. The receiver caught an 8-yard scoring pass in the fourth after a fumbled punt by Minnesota's Adam Thielen. Elliott rushed for 86 yards on 20 carries for the Cowboys, who have the longest single-season winning streak in club history.
Sam Bradford threw a 3-yard TD pass to Jerick McKinnon with 25 seconds left, but the two-point conversion failed for the Vikings, who found out earlier that coach Mike Zimmer would not be able to attend the game after having emergency eye surgery Wednesday night. Minnesota has lost six of seven after a 5-0 start.
Rookie Dak Prescott was 12-for-18 for 139 yards for Dallas.
Gronk DONE FOR YEAR? Rob Gronkowski's season might be over. The Patriots' All-Pro tight end will have surgery for a herniated disc in his back today, the team said in a statement, adding it doesn't expect Gronkowski to be able to return this season but will await the results of the surgery before making a final determination. The Super Bowl is Feb. 5, should the Pats get that far. Gronkowski again was absent from practice with what was listed as a back injury. The Patriots said Gronkowski suffered a hit to the chest Nov. 13 against the Seahawks that resulted in a pulmonary bruise to his lung. He received medical clearance to return last week against the Jets and experienced significant back and leg pain. Gronkowski has missed three games this season.
Thursday SCHEDULE UNDER REVIEW: The NFL is re-evaluating its scheduling process in a bid to avoid the short turnaround of having teams playing on Sunday night, then travel to play Thursday, said league vice president of football operations Troy Vincent. The league prefers that both teams playing Thursday would be scheduled to play early Sunday afternoon games the previous weekend, he said. In other news, the league is expected to hire as many as 17 full-time officials in the offseason, Vincent said. The additions would increase the size of officiating crews from seven to eight. Currently, crews are part time and hold jobs outside of football.
Bears: Quarterback Jay Cutler will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, coach John Fox said. The operation to repair the labrum is set for Saturday.