New England Patriots

Nov 24, 2019; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore is congratulated by middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy after making an interception during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff,

FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots defense has earned what many will call a “signature win” of the 2019 season. They held the high-powered Cowboys offense to just nine points and no touchdowns in an impressive performance as the Pats earned a 13-9 win in rainy Foxboro.

The Cowboys had a golden opportunity to take an early 7-0 lead. But a false start on left tackle Tyron Smith turned third-and-5 into third-and-10, then quarterback Dak Prescott got wrapped up short of the line. Cowboys kicker Brett Maher doinked his field goal attempt off the left upright as Dallas came up empty.

On their next possession, the Cowboys were forced to punt, and then disaster struck. Matthew Slater got a hand on the Chris Jones punt and Jonathan Jones recovered the ball to set the Patriots up at the 12-yard line.

That’s when the Patriots’ 2019 first round pick made his presence felt. Eyeing N’Keal Harry in a one-on-one matchup in the end zone, Tom Brady threw a dart to the rookie’s back shoulder. Harry did the rest, reeling in the pass and tapping his feet in bounds to complete his first career touchdown. The Patriots went up 7-0 after a series of strong complementary football.

Stephon Gilmore’s fourth interception of the season made Prescott pay for an errant throw made after corralling a high snap. The play set up the Patriots at the Cowboys’ 29-yard line, but the Pats had to settle for a Nick Folk field goal to go up 10-0.

The Cowboys had two chances to answer the Patriots’ touchdown with a pair of red zone series, but came up short on both and had to take two field goals and make it 10-6.

Throughout the third quarter, both offenses sputtered as the teams combined for six punts. But the Patriots found a way to move the ball just enough to end the third and begin the fourth with a 12-play, clock-chewing drive that resulted in Folk’s second field goal to make it 13-6 Pats.

A 59-yard catch-and-run for Cobb set up the Cowboys with a threat to score the tying touchdown, but the Patriots defense held. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett elected to kick a field goal to make it 13-9. The Patriots bled time off the clock on their next drive, and on the next defensive possession the Pats forced a turnover on downs after an Amari Cooper fourth-down catch was overturned on replay.

The Patriots were able to run the clock down from there after a pair of Sony Michel runs picked up a first down with 1:33 left. A Brady throwaway left just one second on the clock, but the Cowboys would have no miracle on this day.

Up Next: The meat of the Patriots’ schedule continues in Week 13, when they will have a road date against the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football.

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