DeAndre Hopkins used multiple spin moves for a 49-yard catch-and-run that set up a winning FG from Kaimi Fairbairn
Facing a big decision in overtime on Sunday night, Dallas Cowboys head coach JasonGarrettput his trust in the defense.
On fourth-and-1 on the Houston Texans 42-yard line with less than six minutes remaining in overtime,Garrettchose to punt. We just felt like at that point in the game, the way our defense was playing, the idea was to pin them down there,Garrettsaid. Chris [Jones] did a great job with the punt, they got the ball on the 10-yard line. Hopefully, you make the stop and win the game, but it went the other way and they got the game-winning field goal.
Four plays later, Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins used multiple spin moves for a 49-yard catch-and-run that set up a 36-yard field goal from Kaimi Fairbairn, giving Houston a 19-16 win.
Both Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott said they were hoping for a chance to extend the drive. I would, but you dont question the coachs decision, Prescott said. The defense had been playing good all night, and they kept us in the game all night long. Coach made the decision to go with the defense.
On the previous play, Elliott was stuffed up the middle for no gain on third-and-1. I really dont remember the field position we were in, but obviously, you would like a chance to go for it on fourth-and-1, but I dont know if that was the best decision right there, Elliott said. When asked if he had the confidence in the offenses ability to convert a play in that situation, Elliott replied: For sure, but with the way our defense was playing today, coachGarrettwanted to give them the chance to make a stop and get the ball back.
Even Texans defensive end JJ Watt commiserated withGarrettregarding the tough decision, recalling the heat Colts coach Frank Reich took for going for it in a similar situation in an overtime loss to Houston last week. If you look at last week, he goes for it on fourth down and gets crushed, Watt said. Now, this week, they punted on fourth down, and Im sure people are going to ask why he did that. If it works, its great, and if it doesnt, it sucks. Im glad Im not taking those types of decisions.
Prescott finished the game 18 of 29 for 208 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. Elliott had a season-low 54 rushing yards on 20 carries, his third-lowest game total of his career.
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