The Dallas Cowboys began their showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs like they do most games – on offense. After a quick first down by Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott was unable to connect with Cole Beasley on a 3rd and 2, forcing the Cowboys to punt.
Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense began their day at their own 13 yard line. The Cowboys defense came out flying all over the field as Xavier Woods and Byron Jones combined to break up a 3rd and 4 pass. Kansas City would go three and out on their first two possessions of the game.
Prescott and the Cowboys really go things going on the third drive as Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott moved the chains multiple times. A holding call on Tyron Smith appeared to derail the drive, but a huge catch and run by Terrance Williams set the team up in scoring range. Prescott would eventually find Beasley for the touchdown, giving Dallas a 7-0 lead.
The Chiefs also got things going a bit on their next possession. However facing a 3rd and 7, Tyreke Hill was unable to find the football as he went blowing by Anthony Brown. Things got worse for the Chiefs as they appeared to down the punt at the one yard line before friendly fire swatted the ball into the end zone for a touchback.
Dallas was unable to capitalize on the Chiefs miscue though, quickly punting the ball back to Smith and company. Kansas City would use a big completion to tight end Travis Kelce to eventually set up a field goal, cutting the Cowboy lead to 7-3.
After a mostly pedestrian first half the final 1:44 of the second quarter finally provided the fireworks many fans were expecting. It all started with the Cowboys facing a 3rd and 15 deep in their own territory. Bryant made a full extension grab to give Dallas the first down. On the very next play, Prescott found Terrance Williams wide open to bring the Cowboys deep into Chiefs territory. Dak would run the ball in himself on 3rd and goal, giving Dallas a 14-3 lead with less than :30 seconds left.
On the ensuing kick off Byron Jones committed a unnecessary roughness penalty, setting the Chiefs up to pursue points before the half. With the ball on their own 45 yard line and 2 seconds left, Andy Reid dialed up a great end of half play. Alex Smith quickly dumped the ball off to Hill with blockers in front of him. A combination of poor Cowboys tackling and blazing Hill speed ultimately resulted in one of the more amazing touchdowns you will ever see. The Chiefs still trailed 14-10 at the half, but now had all the momentum.
The second half began with a penalty carry over from Byron Jones at the end of the first half, giving the Chiefs fantastic field position after the kickoff. Alex Smith marched his team right down the field, using a long gain from Kareem Hunt and a pass interference penalty on Orlando Scandrick as catalysts. Byron Jones continued his rough stretch for Dallas as he allowed Kelce to box him out for the touchdown on 3rd and goal. Kansas City would take the lead 17-14 and fully gain control of the game’s momentum.
Dak Prescott took the field and showed why so many around the league are so high on the Mississippi State product. Dak lead his team on a huge drive, answering the back to back touchdowns by the Chiefs with a touchdown drive of his own. First downs by Bryant and Elliott moved the ball into K.C. territory before Zeke ultimately plunged in for the score, seizing back momentum and the lead, 21-17.
On the next possession it was the Cowboys defense time to shine. On 3rd and 11, David Irving was able to wrap up Alex Smith for the sack, forcing the Chiefs to punt the ball back to a red hot Dallas offense.
A holding penalty on the punt would pin the Cowboys deep in their own territory, but that would prove to be little consequence. Dez Bryant would start the drive with a big first down completion. Subsequent first downs by Williams and Alfred Morris would have the offense back into scoring range. Prescott would find Beasley a few plays later for his second touchdown of the day, extending the lead to 28-17.
This would prove to be the final score of the game as Jeff Heath intercepted Smith on the Chiefs next possession to essentially seal the victory.
This was a very important victory for the Cowboys as they move to 5-3 on the season, however the W may have come with a price. Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Tyron Smith all left the game in the second half. Factor in the murky nature of the Zeke situation, and this team could head in to Atlanta next Sunday sans #77, #88, #21 and #83.
But enough of the doom and gloom, take away the miracle play at the end of the first half ,and this was a dominate performance by the Dallas Cowboys. Some have considered the Chiefs as one of the best teams in the NFL this season, and the Cowboys beat them in all three phases of the game. In addition, Dallas remained two games behind the Eagles in the loss column with two games against them left on the docket.