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Cowboys Win 11th Straight After Vikings’ Costly Fumble

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Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) fended off Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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Early in the fourth quarter it seemed the malaise that often accompanies “Thursday Night Football” games might envelop even the juggernaut-like Dallas Cowboys. But a fumble on a Minnesota punt return opened the door, and Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant marched right through, leading the Cowboys to an eventual 17-15 victory over the Vikings.

In a hard-fought but error-prone game by both teams, the fumble on the punt return proved to be the key play. Minnesota had just taken a 9-7 lead and appeared poised to pile on after a defensive stand. On fourth-and-24, Dallas’s Chris Jones punted 46 yards to Adam Thielen, who tried to make something happen after catching the ball inside his own 15-yard line. But Thielen coughed up the ball as he was tackled, and Kyle Wilber recovered it at the 8-yard line.

Given new life in a game that seemed to have slipped out of his hands after a fumble in the waning moments of the third…

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