Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, his fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott ran for two more, and the Dallas Cowboys extended their franchise regular-season record with a 10th straight victory, beating the Washington Redskins, 31-26, on Thursday.
Prescott tied Don Meredith’s 50-year-old club record for quarterbacks with his fifth rushing touchdown, and the N.F.L.-leading Cowboys won despite 449 yards passing and three touchdowns from Kirk Cousins, the first Redskins quarterback to post two 400-yard games in a season.
Dallas Coach Jason Garrett praised Prescott’s play.
“Over and over and over again, at critical moments, he came up with a big play, whether it was a third down, down in the red zone, again and again and again he just played winning football for us,” Garrett said.
The Redskins, the defending division champions, were swept by their N.F.C. East rival Dallas and fell three and a half games behind the Cowboys with five games left after their seventh Thanksgiving loss to them in eight tries.
The 21-year-old Elliott, the N.F.L.’s rushing leader, had 97 yards, giving him 1,199 for the season.
The Cowboys’ eight-game streak of at least 400 yards on offense ended, as they finished with 353. But Dallas answered with touchdowns when the Redskins pulled within a score on Cousins’s 5-yard pass to Jordan Reed and again on his 67-yard throw to DeSean Jackson, who had 118 yards receiving.
After Cousins’s second scoring toss to Reed, an 8-yarder with 1 minute 53 seconds remaining, Dustin Hopkins’s onside kick went out of bounds and the Cowboys ran out the clock.
Reed had 10 catches for 95 yards after missing most of the first half with an injury to his left shoulder, sustained when he leapt for a pass over his head in the end zone.
Cousins, who was 41 of 53, finished 8 yards shy of his career high.
Prescott was 17 of 24 for 195 yards and one touchdown. He had eight carries for 39 yards, including a career-long 18-yarder.
LIONS 16, VIKINGS 13 Matt Prater kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired after Darius Slay’s interception with 30 seconds left, lifting host Detroit over Minnesota and into sole possession of first place in the N.F.C. North.
The Lions have won six of seven, including two against the Vikings this month, despite having trailed in the fourth quarter of every game this season.
They extended their N.F.L. record of having their first 11 games decided by 7 points or fewer.
Minnesota has lost five of six, plummeting out of first place after surging to the top of the division by winning its first five games.
The Vikings could have played for overtime on their last drive, but Coach Mike Zimmer allowed Sam Bradford to throw. Slay made him regret it, setting up Prater’s winning kick.
Prater made a game-tying 58-yard field goal at the end of regulation earlier this month at Minnesota, and Detroit won in overtime.
If the two teams finish the regular season tied atop the division, Detroit would win the tiebreaker.
STEELERS 28, COLTS 7 Ben Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes of 25, 33 and 22 yards to Antonio Brown, connecting in the first, second and fourth quarters, as Pittsburgh won at Indianapolis.
Le’veon Bell opened the scoring for the Steelers with a 5-yard run, and Roethlisberger and Brown hooked up for their first touchdown with about a minute left in the opening quarter, giving Pittsburgh a 14-0 lead.
Donte Moncrief scored the Colts’ only touchdown about three minutes later, on a 5-yard pass from Scott Tolzien, who started in place of the injured Andrew Luck.
Tolzien was 22 of 36 for 205 yards, with two interceptions.
Roethlisberger was 14 of 20 for 221 yards, as the Steelers took over first place in the A.F.C. North.