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Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) scores the game winning touchdown in front of New England Patriots cornerback Jalen Mills (2) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

In the end, the more talented team won on pure talent.

The Dallas Cowboys are 5-1 after the Patriots took them to the brink in an overtime thriller and a “game of the year” candidate in Foxborough. They got the W in overtime after Dak Prescott escaped the pocket and found wide receiver CeeDee Lamb open down the field. It was not the first time that happened.

Despite the Patriots’ egregious defensive breakdowns on two pivotal plays at the end of the game – Lamb’s walk-off touchdown, and a 24-yard gain on third-and-25 that set up Greg Zuerlein’s game-tying field goal – the defense made a number of massive plays to keep the game competitive. The same can be said for the offense, particularly in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Mac Jones will be left out of this week’s Ups & Downs. He did post a 118.9 passer rating and showed incredible resilience to follow up a pick-six with a 75-yard touchdown pass that gave the Patriots a temporary lead. But you can call the rookie “neutral” in this one, overall.

Here are the full Ups & Downs from a thrilling game, but a heartbreaking loss for the Patriots…

Next Ups & Downs come after the Patriots’ Week 7 matchup against the New York Jets. They’ll need to start adding to the win column ASAP, starting with the next game.

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