The Dallas Cowboys were the biggest favorites Sunday, but needed a touchdown in the final minute to defeat the Houston Texans 27-23.
Dallas entered the game at 9-3, coming off a 54-19 against the Indianapolis Colts, while the Texans were 1-10-1 and closing in on the number one pick in the NFL Draft.
The Cowboys entered the game as a 17-point favorite, but the game did not follow script, with Houston hanging 20 points on one of the best defenses in the league in only the first half.
They did so with a touchdown run by rookie Dameon Pierce, before backup quarterback Jeff Driskel came in and threw a score 28 yards to Amari Rodgers, and a pair of Ka’imi Fairbairn field goals gave them a 20- 17 at halftime.
Tony Pollard had both of the Cowboys’ halftime trips to the end zone – one in the air and one on the ground – before the second half turned into a defensive struggle, with no touchdowns until the final 46 seconds.
Down by three, the Cowboys brought the ball back to the two-yard line with 3:20 on the clock, marching 98 yards down the field in 11 plays, culminating in a game-winning two-yard touchdown run by Ezekiel Elliott to a save by his side each embarrassment.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott ended up completing 24 of his 39 passes for 284 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, while receiver Chris Moore was a standout for the Texans with 10 catches for 124 yards.
Eagles increase the score
The Philadelphia Eagles showed no mercy on their way to a dominant 48-22 demolition of the New York Giants, improving their best record in the league to 12-1.
All of the Eagles’ offensive stars got into action, starting with MVP prospect Jalen Hurts, who threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns, adding a rushing touchdown with his seven carries for 77 yards.
Running back Miles Sanders amassed 144 yards and two touchdowns from his 17 carries, while their two best receivers – AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith – were on the receiving end of both Hurts touchdown passes.
The Eagles defense also picked up seven sacks, including three on Brandon Graham, leaving the Giants (7-4-1) with three losses and a tie in their last four outings.
The Lions are keeping their playoff hopes alive
The Detroit Lions have now won five of their last six victories after defeating the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings 34-23.
Jared Goff had arguably his best game of the season, catching no sacks and committing no turnovers as he passed for 330 yards and three touchdowns, with DJ Chark enjoying a great day outfield for 94 yards and one touchdown on his side you are catch.
It was a day to remember for first-round draft pick Jameson Williams, as the first catch of his NFL career went for a 41-yard touchdown, having made his debut just last week after starting the season with a torn ACL.
The Lions are now 6-7 and are really in the hunt for NFC wildcards, just one game off pace.