New England Patriots

L-R: Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. (Brian Fluharty/Marc J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)

The New England Patriots are now 2-4 on the season after a heartbreaking loss to the Dallas Cowboys in overtime. The game featured all kinds of twists and turns, particularly in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter.

Scroll down for a recap of the game, plus all the top highlights.

  • OT, 3:52: Cowboys win on Prescott-to-Lamb touchdown

    The Cowboys’ talent won out in the end, after all. Dak Prescott hits CeeDee Lamb for a 35-yard touchdown to give Dallas a walkoff win in Foxborough. And that will double as a heartbreaking loss for the Patriots, who are now 2-4 on the season.

  • OT, 7:53: Cowboys get the ball

    Mac Jones’ third-and-3 attempt sails out of bounds, and the Patriots have to punt. Dallas can now win the game with a field goal.

  • Patriots get the ball to start overtime

    The Patriots won the coin toss and will get the ball to start overtime. Huge opportunity for Mac Jones to deliver what would be an incredible win, considering the circumstances and the way the game went in the final three minutes.

  • Q4, 0:20: All tied up after Zuerlein field goal

    The Cowboys pick up 24 yards on third-and-25, and Greg Zuerlein is good from 49 yards to tie the game at 29. We are staring down the barrel at the first overtime game of the season for the Patriots.

  • Q4, 2:11: Jones to Bourne for 75-yard touchdown, Pats get lead back

    WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! Mac Jones hits Kendrick Bourne deep down the field and he takes it all the way to the house for a 75-yard touchdown. The two-point attempt is good, and the Patriots now have a three-point lead, just like that.

    Incredible finish in Foxborough.

  • Q4, 2:27: Diggs pick-six gives Cowboys lead back

    Stunning turn of events: throwing the ball on second down, Mac Jones is intercepted by his former Alabama teammate, Trevon Diggs. He takes it all the way back to the end zone for a touchdown. The two-point attempt is unsuccessful, but the Cowboys have a 26-21 lead. Mac Jones and the Patriots need to score a touchdown on their next drive.

  • Q4, 2:42: Zuerlein's field goal attempt is no good

    The Patriots have gotten the ball back with the lead and under three minutes to go. Greg Zuerlein’s field goal attempt is no good. Justin Bethel came screaming off the edge and may have gotten a ahnd on the ball.

  • Q4, 6:23: Stevenson TD gives Patriots lead back

    The Patriots got back on track offensively with a 13-play drive that ended in a touchdown for rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson, the first of his career. Just a one-point lead for the Patriots, but a lead is a lead. Let’s see who can close better…

  • Q4, 13:13: Cowboys grab three more points

    Dallas was threatening again, but an illegal motion penalty on Ezekiel Elliot on third down forced Mike McCarthy to settle for a field goal. It’s good for Greg Zuerlein, and it’s now 20-14 Cowboys.

    Patriots offense needs to wake up immediately if they want to stay within striking distance, let alone win.

  • End Q3: Cowboys 17, Patriots 14.

    The Patriots offense failed to score in the third quarter, punting on all three possessions. The Cowboys, meanwhile, answered Josh McDaniels’ strange third-and-1 play-call with a long touchdown drive to take their first lead.

    Despite the disappointing quarter for the Pats, they are firmly in the game at 17-14 and there’s plenty of football left. Let’s see if Mike McCarthy can out-manage Bill Belichick.

  • Q3, 1:58: Patriots punt again, nearly recover fumble

    Mac Jones’ third-down pass attempt is incomplete, and they have to punt again. However, the Cowboys got pinned fairly deep because of a nice strip by Justin Bethel on Cedrick Wilson, who recovered his own fumble.

  • Q3, 4:49: Cowboys take first lead on Lamb touchdown

    The Cowboys may have just wrested momentum away from the Patriots. Off the Pats’ failed offensive drive on a questionable third-and-1 play-call, they go 91 yards in eight plays and cap the drive with a touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to CeeDee Lamb.

    J.C. Jackson committed a pass interference penalty to set up the Cowboys at the 1.

  • Q3, 9:24: Patriots have to punt after strange third-and-1 play-call

    The Patriots’ heavy personnel has been working for much of the game, but for whatever reason, Josh McDaniels decided to take it off the field in favor of 11 personnel on a third-and-1 play. Further, he decided to call a handoff to Brandon Bolden. He not only doesn’t convert, he loses a yard. Baffling decision there, and one you hope doesn’t swing momentum in the Cowboys’ favor…

  • Q3, 12:48: Patriots punt on first possession of third quarter

    Randy Gregory bullied Patriots left tackle Isaiah Wynn for his second sack of the game. The Pats are forced to punt it back to Dak.

    Injury Update: Linebacker Dont’a Hightower is questionable to return with an elbow injury.

  • Q2, 1:32: Massive goal line stand for Patriots defense

    The Cowboys had first-and-goal from the Patriots’ 1-yard line…and came away with zero points. The Pats made three consecutive run stops to make it fourth-and-goal, then Prescott lost the ball attempting to reach it over the goal line. Ja’Whaun Bentley appeared to jar the ball loose with a flying fist. Biggest defensive play so far in a game filled with big defensive plays.

  • Q2, 4:18: Cowboys block punt, take over at Patriots' 17

    Potentially a massive special teams play: the Cowboys blocked a punt by Jake Bailey, giving themselves the ball at the Patriots’ 17-yard line. So the Pats have to hold in the red zone yet again…

  • Q2, 6:39: Another huge defensive play for Patriots

    The Cowboys were the ones who came away with points off a turnover – but only three. Jonathan Jones returned to the game after briefly leaving with a rib injury, and broke up a potential touchdown intended for Cedrick Wilson on third down. Dallas has to kick the FG and it’s now 14-10 Patriots.

  • Q2, 10:05: Cowboys answer with a turnover of their own

    So much for capitalizing on the interception. The Cowboys have the ball back after Mac Jones was hitย hardย and fumbled the ball away. It’s hard to get on Jones for losing the ball on a play where the O-line got beat badly, but that’s the kind of play where a more experienced quarterback may have been able to go down safely before taking such a hard hit. However, right tackle Yodny Cajuste, who was in an unfavorable matchup against Randy Gregory, should be most to blame for the play.

  • Q2, 12:48: Dugger intercepts Prescott in end zone

    Huge play by the Patriots defense. Dak Prescott attempted to target the Pats’ Justin Bethel, who was in for the injured Jonathan Jones. It backfired, as Bethel tipped the pass attempt into the air and safety Kyle Dugger came down with the interception, the first of his career. Patriots take over at their own 29.

  • END Q1: Patriots 14, Cowboys 7.

    The Cowboys are continuing to commit penalties, but Dak Prescott is continuing to bail them out by escaping pressure and making improvised plays down the field. They’re threatening to start the second quarter.

    This game could simply come down to who can score touchdowns when they get to the red zone, and who gets held to field goals. Dallas came into the game with the league’s 20th-ranked red zone defense.

    Injury Update: CB Jonathan Jones is questionable to return with a rib injury.

  • Q1, 4:50: Patriots score another TD

    Do we have a shootout on our hands? The Patriots are now 2-for-2 in the red zone and have taken a 14-7 lead after Mac Jones finds Hunter Henry in the end zone. That’s three straight games with a touchdown for Henry.

  • Q1, 6:46: Cowboys Answer

    Dallas swiftly and impressively answered the Patriots’ touchdown drive with a score of their own. Dak Prescott went 6-for-6 for 73 yards, and finished the drive with a TD pass to tight end Blake Jarwin.

  • Q1, 10:27: Patriots make Cowboys pay with Wildcat TD

    Just a few minutes into the game and we already have a Mike McCarthy Momentโ„ข. The Cowboys went for it on fourth-and-1, and Ezekiel Elliot couldn’t pick up the yard. McCarthy challenged the spot of the ball and lost.

    The Patriots quickly made him pay, as they go 34 yards in three plays for a touchdown to go up 7-0. Damien Harris took the direct snap for his second Wildcat touchdown in as many weeks.

  • Patriots win coin toss and defer

    The Patriots will be playing defense to start the game. They won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half.

  • Wynn, Onwenu not with starters in warmups

    Despite getting Isaiah Wynn and Mike Onwenu back from COVID reserve, they were not part of the starting offensive line during pregame warmups. Here’s what the line looked like:

    Left Tackle: Justin Herron
    Left Guard: James Ferentz
    Center: David Andrews
    Right Guard: Ted Karras
    Right Tackle: Yodny Cajuste

    So, it looks like the Patriots could go with the same group that they had in Week 5 against the Houston Texans. It wouldn’t be too crazy of an idea when you consider that Wynn hasn’t practiced in two weeks and Onwenu returned mid-week. They’ll likely be emergency options for today.

  • Onwenu to right tackle?

    Thanks to the eagle-eyed Zack Cox of, we can see that Patriots offensive lineman Mike Onwenu appeared to be taking practice reps as if he’s preparing to play right tackle. Here he is working in tandem with projected right guard Ted Karras:

  • RB J.J. Taylor, CB Joejuan Williams Among Inactives

    The Patriots have released their inactive players for Sunday against the Cowboys, and there were no major surprises. Cornerback Joejuan Williams and running back J.J. Taylor, however, are healthy scratches.

    This means that OLs Isaiah Wynn, Mike Onwenu, and Justin Herron are all active for the Pats. Wynn and Onwenu are fresh off the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Full inactives for both teams below.