NFL: Dallas hold on for 11th straight win

Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys fends off Xavier Rhodes of the Minnesota Vikings to score a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Photo / Getty
Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys fends off Xavier Rhodes of the Minnesota Vikings to score a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Photo / Getty

Dallas had to work hard to extend its record winning streak to 11 games, holding off Minnesota and winning 17-15 this afternoon.

Dez Bryant, whose 56-yard catch in the first half set up Ezekiel Elliott's touchdown, came up with the go-ahead play in the fourth as he took an eight-yard scoring pass after a fumbled punt by Minnesota's Adam Thielen.

Elliott rushed for 86 yards on 20 carries, and his touchdown was his 12th of the season; tying him for the most by a rookie in Cowboys history.

Dallas (11-1) has the longest single-season winning streak in franchise history.

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Jerick McKinnon with 25 seconds to play, but the two-point conversion pass failed. Bradford argued for a penalty after he was hit in the face by a defender, but there was no call. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott completed 12 of 18 pass attempts for 139 yards.

Bradford completed 32 of 45 passes for 247 yards, Danielle Hunter had two sacks and Kai Forbath kicked three field goals for Minnesota, which has lost six of the past seven games after a 5-0 start.

Minnesota (6-6) played without coach Mike Zimmer after he had emergency eye surgery Wednesday.

Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer was elevated to head coach for the game and it remains unclear how long Zimmer will be out.

Minnesota's third-ranked defense did their fiery leader proud, holding the explosive Cowboys offense to season lows in points, yards (264) and first downs (13).

The Vikings forced two turnovers from a team that had not coughed one up in the previous four games, including a strip sack by Brian Robison that set up Forbath's 33-yard field goal for a 9-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The next game for Dallas will be in New York to face the Giants, the only team to have beaten the Cowboys this season.

- AP

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