<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - ]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com en-usTue, 20 Nov 2018 16:16:02 -0600Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:16:02 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jerry Jones Show: Selling the Cowboys and Brett Maher's XP]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:57:13 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/raw-web-jerry-jones-112018.jpg

Dring his weekly radio appearance on NBC 5 partner 105.3 The Fan's Shan and RJ, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones answered whether he'd ever sell America's Team, Tank Lawrence, Brett Maher and Geoff Swaim's injury.

<![CDATA[Ken Hitchcock Hired to Lead Languishing Edmonton Oilers]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:25:14 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ken-hitchcock-dallas-stars.jpg

The Edmonton Oilers fired coach Todd McLellan on Tuesday and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock with hopes of reviving a team languishing in sixth place in the Pacific Division.

McLellan was in his fourth season behind the Oilers' bench. The team missed the playoffs in two of his previous three seasons despite having superstar Connor McDavid on its roster and the Oilers were just 9-10-1 entering its game Tuesday night at San Jose.

McLellan is the fourth coach to be fired already this season, following John Stevens in Los Angeles, Joel Quenneville in Chicago and Mike Yeo in St. Louis.

The Oilers have lost six of their last seven games and only the Blues and Los Angeles Kings are below them in the Western Conference standings.

"Obviously it is frustrating, there is no other way to say it," McDavid said Sunday after a loss to Vegas. "Especially because we have shown we can be a good team. We had that 8-1-1 stretch where we looked really good and now we have wavered and find ourselves dipping a bit. We just have to get back to that brand of hockey that we know we can play."

The 66-year-old Hitchcock announced his retirement in April after a 22-year coaching career, which included a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999. He had two stints in Dallas as well as head coaching stops in Philadelphia (2002-2006), Columbus (2006-2010) and St. Louis (2011-2017).

The Edmonton native is the third-winningest coach in NHL history with an overall record of 823-506-88-119 (.603 winning percentage). He has guided teams to eight division titles and twice to the best record in the NHL.

In April, Hitchcock sounded as if he was ready to retire for good as he stepped down from the bench in Dallas.

"I have contemplated this since our last game and I came to the conclusion that now is the right time to step away and let the younger generation of coaches take over," Hitchcock said then.

He had returned to Dallas after 14 seasons elsewhere, with the hope of getting Dallas back to the playoffs but a late-season slump kept them out for the second straight year and the eighth time in 10 seasons.

St. Louis made the playoffs in each of Hitchcock's five full seasons, reaching the Western Conference finals in 2016. The Blues abruptly fired Hitchcock in February last year, cutting short what was already going to be his last season in St. Louis.

Hitchcock's playoff record is 86-82, and he also has an extensive background with Team Canada, which he led to a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championship. He was an assistant when Canada won Olympic gold in 2002, 2010 and 2014.

In Edmonton, there is plenty of blame to go around for the lackluster start by a top-heavy roster led by McDavid and fellow center Leon Draisaitl. General manager Peter Chiarelli traded winger Taylor Hall to New Jersey for defenseman Adam Larsson in June 2016, and then signed forward Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million contract a few days later.

Hall won the Hart Trophy as league MVP last season, while Lucic has two goals in his last 66 games.

Hitchcock becomes the seventh coach for the Oilers since the team fired Craig McTavish at the end of the 2008-09 season, following Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger, Dallas Eakins, Todd Nelson and McLellan.

Photo Credit: Andy Jacobsohn The Dallas Morning News]]>
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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki To Be Presented Key to the City of Dallas]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:07:28 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+092118.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki will be presented the key to the city of Dallas Wednesday during halftime in the game against the Brooklyn Nets.

The German is in his 21st season with the Mavs and has yet to play due to soreness in his foot.

Nowitzki will become the third person to be given a key by Mayor Mike Rawlings.

"Nowitzki is being honored not only for his professional achievements in his 20 seasons with the Mavericks organization, but also for his outstanding contributions to the community," city officials said in a statement.

Nowitzki has played with the Mavericks since he was drafted in 1998. He is the first European to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player honor.

Off the court, he's had an active philanthropic career with the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, UNICEF and others.

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<![CDATA[LA Rams Victorious in NFL's Highest-Scoring Monday Night Game]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:59:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Rams+and+Chiefs+MNF.png

Best regular season game ever?

In the highest-scoring game in "Monday Night Football" history, the Los Angeles Rams outlasted the Kansas City Chiefs, 54-51, at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

Jared Goff ended the back-and-forth battle between the two 9-1 teams when he threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Everett with 1:49 remaining for the go-ahead score. 

"It was a crazy game," Goff admitted. "It seemed like at the end whoever had the ball last would win. It was back-and-forth the whole game. There were times we thought we had all the momentum, and there was times it was the other way around and we had to claw back. It felt like a college game. It was fun."

Before that however, the 105-point game that featured a combined 1,001 yards, lived up to all the hype as both high-octane offenses put on an old fashioned shootout display for the ages.

"It was a whirlwind," said Rams head coach Sean McVay. "I feel like I might need a couple of beverages to relax tonight, but it was great. This is what you love so much about the game."

Two of the top front runners for NFL MVP, the Nos. 1 and 2 in total passing yards this season, somehow managed to surpass the shootout that many expected. 

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes was 33 for 46 for a career-high 478 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions in a losing effort. 

"We can learn from this," said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. "We can't give up 21 points on turnovers. Have to take care of the football. We created some turnovers and points, (but had) too many penalties. We'll heal up and get set to go for stretch run."

Jared Goff was just as sharrp, completing 31 of 49 passes for 413 yards and no interceptions, but two fumbles and a rushing touchdown in the first NFL game to ever feature two 50-point performances.

"I'm sure it was historic, but ultimately coming out on top is the biggest thing," Goff said. "I'm just happy to get away from that game with a win."

The game featured 14 total touchdowns, but it all started when Los Angeles scored on the opening drive. Goff delivered a dime to Robert Woods in the left corner of the end zone to complete the seven-yard touchdown strike.

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The second touchdown of the game featured Goff finding wide-receiver Josh Reynolds, who stepped into the starting lineup for the injured Copper Kupp.

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"Josh stepped up big again," said Goff of his new slot receiver. "Seems like every time we need it he does. He was huge today. Just seeing his progression and the player he's starting to become is really exciting."

Mahomes and the Chiefs responded in lightning-quick fashion as they completed a 75-yard touchdown drive in just four plays as the sophomore quarterback found Tyreek Hill for a 25-yard reception. 

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After both teams exchanged field goals, Goff fumbled on his own 20-yard line, handing the Chiefs excellent field position and a chance to take the lead.

One play later, Mahomes found running back Kareem Hunt on a screen pass that the Ohio native took to the house for a 17-16 Kansas City lead. 

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The Rams got a game-changing turnover of their own a few minutes later when reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald, recorded a strip sack on Mahomes that was recovered by linebacker Samson Ebukam who ran it to the house for the defensive touchdown. 

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"He got two touchdowns. I haven't even got one in five years," said Donald of Ebukam. "When you have a team like this, anyone can make the big plays. He's a heck of a football player. He's always flying around."

If once wasn't enough, two times was twice as nice as Donald opened up the second half with another strip sack of Mahomes that was recovered by the Rams in Chiefs territory.

"I was just making my plays when they presented themselves and tried to put my team in a position to win," said Donald of the two strip sacks. "There was a lot of ups and downs, but to pull it off is definitely a good feeling."

Goff turned the turnover into a touchdown when he ran up the middle for a seven-yard scoring scamper that put the Rams back in front, 30-23. 

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Mahomes answered right back with a four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce. The touchdown pass was Mahomes' fourth of the night, and the sixth time he's thrown four or more touchdowns in a game this season. 

"It's always fun to play against real good teams," Mahomes said. "You get to go out there and have fun, but it's the same as when we played New England. You can't make mistakes against great teams. You need to limit your mistakes, but be aggressive."

The only other quarterback in NFL history to have more games with four or more touchdowns was Peyton Manning (9) in 2013.

After another field goal by Greg Zuerlein put the Rams back in front, Ebukam scored his second defensive touchdown of the game when he intercepted Mahomes on the ensuing drive, and dragged the young quarterback into the end zone for the score.

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"The last time I had two touchdowns was in high school when I was a running back," joked Eubkam, who scored the first two touchdowns of his NFL career. "God blessed me. The ball rolled my way and I just took it and ran with it."

The Chiefs responded with 14 unanswered points after a 73-yard bomb to Hill from Mahomes and a defensive touchdown for Kansas City, in which Allen Bailey sacked and stole the ball from Goff, walking in for the go-ahead score.

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The Rams responded in kind with a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped off with a touchdown pass from Goff to tight end Gerald Everett. The entirety of the drive took 89 seconds.

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After the Chiefs answered again on a 10-yard touchdown reception from Mahomes to Chris Conley, the Rams went down the field and took the lead right back when Goff found Everett again for a 40-yard scoring strike.

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The Chiefs had two opportunities to tie or take the lead, but Mahomes was intercepted on back-to-back drives, first by former teammate and Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters, then a game-ending interception by LaMarcus Joyner.

"You're going to have ups and downs in a game and you just keep trusting the process," said Peters of his interception. "The best thing about this is that I got to see my teammates and I got to see my old coaches and stuff."

The game featured six lead different lead changes, and the Chiefs set an NFL record for the most points by a losing team with 51.

The victory for the Rams snapped a six-game losing streak to the Chiefs, all of which came when the Rams were in St. Louis. 

The last victory by the Rams over the Chiefs was on Sept. 25, 1994, ironically when they were still known as the Los Angeles Rams.

Rams head coach Sean McVay is undefeated against AFC teams (8-0) in his short tenure with the Rams.

The game was originally scheduled for Mexico City in an international showdown, but the NFL moved the game to Los Angeles after field preparations at the Estadio Azteca were not up to par.

"It was a 16-round fight," Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman said. "You're talking about a Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis type of fight. Two great teams. Two great opponents. Two great coaches." 

LA Together
Despite the wildly entertaining football game between two of the NFL's top teams, the theme of the night was "LA Together," as the Rams dedicated the game to the first responders and the victims of the California wildfires and the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

Karen and Jordan Helus, the wife and son of Ventura County sheriff's deputy Ron Helus, who was killed in the shooting, lit the Coliseum torch in his honor before the game.

During timeouts, firefighters and police officers were honored for their life-saving actions, and players even wore LAFD and LAPD hats on the bench between plays.

The 77,000 fans in attendance were given rally towels that read "LA Together" upon entrance to the Coliseum, and they spun them in the air proudly throughout the back-and-forth battle.

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Up Next:
The Rams will get a much deserved bye week and will be back in action on Dec. 2 in Detroit to face the Lions. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. PT on FOX.

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<![CDATA[Wildfire Victims Headed to Cowboys Thanksgiving Game]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:51:33 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dale-morgan-wildfire-victim.jpg

Not all is lost in Paradise, California.

Dale Morgan and his daughter lost their home in the California wildfires. A few of the items there were able to save before evacuating, however, were two tickets to see their favorite team play Thursday on Thanksgiving Day in Arlington.

Morgan has dreamed of cheering on the Cowboys inside of AT&T Stadium.

"Even though we don’t have anything to go back to, for the next few days, my daughter and I have something to look forward to,” said Morgan, a lifelong Cowboys fan.

His daughter followed suit, sporting Cowboys gear since she was a baby.

“This gives us both something to smile about,” he said.

Morgan has faced four wildfire evacuations, but nothing as devastating as the most recent fires in California.

“I was at work when we got the evacuation orders," Morgan recalled. "My daughter was still in Paradise. She called me on the phone and said, ‘Dad, what should I get?’ I said, ‘Don’t get anything, just get out of there! Get your stuff and get out!’"

Morgan said the only belongings readily available were tickets to Thursday's game against the Washington Redskins. "She grabbed the tickets, jumped in the car and left," he said.

His family made it out safely, but not without witnessing the wildfire destroy their relative's homes, schools and churches.

"While my daughter was stuck on the road she saw flames take over her grandmother’s home," he said.

Morgan said his family is among the thousands living in tents with nowhere to go.

A Heart Full of Thanks

Morgan and his daughter flew from California to San Antonio. On Wednesday, they will start their road trip to Arlington.

“We did not want to cancel the trip. Coming to Texas gives us something to look forward to and, for just a few days, we can live this dream we’ve been thinking about for so long," Morgan said.

They are both hoping to create new memories that will overshadow the loss they will have to face back home. The devastation has given them a new perspective.

“This Thanksgiving we are thankful just to be alive. We are thankful to have each other and to get a piece of happiness in the midst of the hard times,” he said.

Both father and daughter and hoping for a Cowboys win. The Dallas Cowboys will take on the Washington Redskins Thanksgiving Day. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Dale Morgan]]>
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<![CDATA[Cowboys Rally Around Gallup After Brother's Suicide]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 21:44:24 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Michael-Gallup-Cowboys-Getty-111918.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys are rallying around their teammate during a tragic time.

Rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup is dealing with a family tragedy after learning his brother died by suicide.

"It's an extremely terrible loss, but I mean he's our brother and we're there for him," linebacker Leighton Vander Esch said. "Praying for him every single day. I mean I love the kid."

"I tell you what, when I found out about that news all of a sudden my drop didn't really matter anymore," wide receiver Cole Beasley said. "So it just puts things into perspective for you and I hope he's doing alright."

Jason Garrett is unsure if Gallup will be able to suit up against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving. It is a key NFC East divisional game, but the head coach said he's more concerned about Michael Gallup "the person" than he is Michael Gallup "the player" right now.

If you or someone you know ever needs help, it is available 24/7 on the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text the crisis text line by texting "TALK" to 741-741.

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<![CDATA[Arlington's New Esports Stadium Opens This Weekend]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:13:44 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington+Esports+Stadium+111918.jpg

Arlington hopes to cash in on the growing billion-dollar world of esports by opening the nation's largest gaming venue, located in the city's sports hub. Esports Stadium Arlington is in the existing Arlington Convention Center on Ballpark Way.

The stadium will host its first international competition with its grand opening this weekend. The 100,000-square-foot venue can hold anywhere from 250 to 2,500 people. It has several gaming stations and an 85-foot LED wall.

Because of its proximity to DFW International Airport, Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams called it the most accessible esports venue in the world.

"This new venue provides us with the opportunity to create jobs, and I can't wait to see the positive impact these esports events will have on tourism," he said.

In addition to tournaments, it will be open to the public daily.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Annual Christmas Spectacular Returns to The Star]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:00:23 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/20171124_TheStar_Christmas_Spectacular029.JPG

For the second straight year, the Dallas Cowboys will host their Christmas Spectacular at The Star in Frisco from Nov. 19 through Dec. 24.

Organizers said the event gives fans of America's Team an opportunity to enjoy free, family-friendly events throughout the holiday season including, not only the 20-minute Christmas Spectacular show, but the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus in a Cowboys-themed cottage (schedule photos here).

The Christmas Spectacular begins with the lighting of The Star's 67-foot Christmas tree, lit with digital LED lights and leads into a holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Rookie Squad, Dallas Cowboys Drumline, mascot Rowdy, Santa, special Dallas Cowboys guest appearances such as Jerry Jones, Jason Witten, Dat Nguyen, Bradie James, and more.

The Christmas Spectacular takes place every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 23.

The list of tree-lighters for those nights is still being finalized, but the Cowboys have confirmed the following:

Friday, Nov. 23: Darren Woodson
Saturday, Nov. 24: Madison Fuller, Miss Texas 2018
Friday, Nov. 30: DeMarcus Ware
Saturday, Dec. 1: To Be Announced
Friday, Dec. 7: To Be Announced
Saturday, Dec. 8: Dat Nguyen
Friday, Dec. 14: Jason Witten
Saturday, Dec. 15: To Be Announced
Friday, Dec. 21: To Be Announced
Saturday, Dec. 22: Bradie James

Admission and parking for the event are free, but photos with Santa and other experiences at the Star, such as dining or shopping, will incur a fee.

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<![CDATA[NFL Returning to Mexico in 2019 After Game Canceled Monday]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:52:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/222*120/mexico-estadio-azteca-mundial2026.jpg

The NFL says they are heading back to Mexico in 2019, even after a game scheduled for Monday was sent back to the U.S. over poor field conditions.

The league has hosted international games outside of the United States every year since 2007. While most of those games have been played in London, two of them have been played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The third game at Estadio Azteca was scheduled to be played Nov. 19, but was canceled by the NFL due to the poor field conditions following a Shakira concert on Oct. 11.

The NFL said Monday Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed with Mexico's President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador that the 2019 game would take place and would help focus attention on the importance of participation in youth sports.

Exactly which teams will take part and when the game will be played will be announced along with the 2019 season schedule in the spring.

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<![CDATA[Former North Texas Athlete Perseveres Through Poetry ]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:17:43 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo00031.jpg

Nathaniel Little returns to Standridge Stadium, where 14 years ago, during his junior year at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, he suffered a catastrophic injury while tackling a fullback on the football field.

“I chased him down and grabbed ahold of him and we both kind of just fell and that play I just didn’t get up,” Little recalls.

The injury left Little paralyzed from the neck down. But also determined to not let what he calls a “freak accident” define his life.

“I didn’t want to let my injury affect who I was or what I wanted to do,” said Little.

He didn’t.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Little graduated the next year and went on to earn a college degree in Strategic Communications. Along the way, his sister introduced him to another form of expression – poetry.

Little says poetry gives him a good way to express himself. It has also led to a great achievement.

He is now a published author of a book called, “Natty Boy Black Presents Poets of North Texas.” The book featuring some of his poems along with written work from other people who, like Little, have endured tragedy in their lives.

On a special night recently, Little and his fellow co-authors read their poems to a large crowd at Heroes Lounge in Dallas. The applause afterward making Little feel a little like he did when he was able to compete on the football field.

“If I was in football and you make a good tackle, people [would be] cheering for you, right?," said Little. "Well, I just finished a poem and I got the same reaction that I would get on the football field and so that was an amazing feeling to have again.”

It’s not the only feeling that has returned since his accident. After thousands of hours of physical therapy, Little has regained some movement in his hands and arms, and he’s not stopping there.

Little calling himself a “man of faith” and vowing to one day walk again.

In the meantime, he hopes his story will inspire others. His main message – there’s no time for a pity party.

“I’m not looking back at it being like ‘Oh, I’m so sad because life is over’ because I can’t change the past. I can only try my best to alter the future," Little said.

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<![CDATA[Injured Star Athlete Uses Poetry to Overcome Adversity]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:16:08 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo00031.jpg

A former North Texas athlete with NFL dreams learned to make new ones in the wake of tragedy. NBC 5's Paul Jones and Noah Bullard share Nathanial Little's story of determination and the power of poetry.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Offense Clicking in Back-to-Back Road Wins]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:16:59 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_and_JJT_on_offense.jpg

Dak Prescott did not put up big numbers in Atlanta, but made the plays that mattered most in Sunday’s road win. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor examine the intangibles the Cowboys quarterback possesses and analyze how the addition of Amari Cooper has changed the dynamic of the offense.

<![CDATA[Cowboys Prepare for Thanksgiving Showdown]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:07:40 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+and+Dennis+111918.jpg

First-place in the NFC East will be on the line on Thanksgiving Day when the Cowboys host the Redskins. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and former Cowboys defensive back Dennis Thurman explain how Dallas players and coaches need to prepare mentally and emotionally on a short week.

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<![CDATA[JJT: 10 Thoughts on the Cowboys' Win Over Atlanta]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:12:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ezekiel-Elliott-Getty-111818.jpg

The Cowboys started the toughest five-game stretch of their season with consecutive road wins, something that seemed impossible just a couple of weeks ago, but a 22-19 win over Atlanta has the Cowboys looking for a three-game winning streak Thursday against Washington.

If the Cowboys beat Washington on Thanksgiving Day, they'll celebrate with a share of first place.

Here are NBC 5 Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor's 10 thoughts on the Cowboys' win over the Falcons:

1) Dak Prescott wasn't perfect Sunday -- he passed for 208 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions -- but he was efficient and that's good enough for these Cowboys. He engineered his second consecutive game-winning drive on the road, and he was four of six for 45 yards on the game-winning, 10-play, 51-yard drive.

2) The Cowboys ended an eight-game losing streak when they were trailing after three quarters, with their win over Atlanta. The Cowboys had not won a game in that situation since rallying from a 20-17 deficit to beat Tampa Bay in December of 2016.

3) Leighton Vander Esch finished with 12 tackles, three pass deflections, a quarterback hit and an interception. His second interception in as many weeks and subsequent 28-yard return helped Dallas score the touchdown that put the Cowboys ahead 28-18.

4) The Cowboys' defense played a stellar game. Atlanta averages 27.1 points and 408.9 yards per game. Dallas held Atlanta to 19 points and 354 yards. Quarterback Matt Ryan passes for 335 yards a game, and Dallas held him to 291.

5) From the first drive, when he ripped off runs of six, one, eight and 12 yards, it seemed obvious the Falcons couldn't stop Ezekiel Elliott. He carried 23 times for 122 yards and was not dropped for a loss.

6) Give play-caller Scott Linehan credit for finally figuring out how to use Elliott in the passing game. Instead of using him primarily as a check-down receiver, Elliott took a first-down screen 34 yards and he caught several passes in the middle of the field, where he could do damage. He had four receptions of at least 10 yards.

7) Kicker Brett Maher made his second game-winning kick, but he also missed an extra point that allowed the Falcons to tie the score at 19-19 with an extra point instead of a two-point conversion. He made kicks of 21, 50 and the game-winner from 42, but he has now missed at least one kick -- three field goals and an extra point -- in each of the last four games.

8) Demarcus Lawrence set the tone early with a 1.5 sacks and did his usual strong work against the run. He finished with eight tackles and also hit the quarterback three times.

9) For weeks, the Cowboys have been saying Randy Gregory is getting better each week. Well, he's now had a sack in consecutive games. He hit the quarterback two other times and also had a tackle for loss.

10) Michael Gallup had a tough day with an assortment of average routes and a dropped pass, but on third down on the Cowboys' game-winning drive, he made a nifty sliding catch for 10 yards on a comeback to sustain the drive. That shows you what Prescott thinks of him, and that should do wonders for his confidence.

Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Leighton Vander Esch Shines in Atlanta]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:10:00 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_and_Dennis_on_LVE.jpg

Leighton Vander Esch recorded eight tackles and had a crucial interception in the Cowboys' 22-19 victory against the Falcons. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and former NFL defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman examine why the 21-year-old has been so successful during his rookie season.

<![CDATA[Elliott Carries the Load in Cowboys' Winning Streak]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:15:22 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_and_JJT_on_Zeke.jpg

Ezekiel Elliott had 201 totals yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' road win against the Falcons. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor explain why Dallas is most effective when the Pro Bowl running back carries the load.

<![CDATA[Smith Injures Leg Exactly 33 Years After Theismann]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:37:07 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Theismann+Smith+photo.jpg Exactly 33 years to the day after former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann's career-ending injury, Alex Smith's leg broke during Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

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<![CDATA[Doney: 5 Things to Know After the Cowboys' Beat the Falcons]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:50:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pat+Doney+111818.jpg

A clutch field, a big game for Zeke and what Sunday's win means for the Thanksgiving Day showdown against the Redskins -- NBC 5's Pat Doney has everything you need to know about the Cowboys' 22-19 win over the Falcons.

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<![CDATA[Instant Analysis: Cowboys vs. Falcons]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:11:48 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dak-Prescott-Getty-111818.jpg

Here’s NBC 5 Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor's instant analysis of the Cowboys’ 22-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Dak Prescott has rallied the Cowboys to consecutive road wins with fourth-quarter drives to get the Cowboys back to .500 and set up a showdown with Washington on Thanksgiving Day.

Michael Gallup, without a reception all game, caught a 10-yard pass on third-and-five from the Dallas 30 with 1:38 left to keep the Cowboys' game-winning drive alive.

Ezekiel Elliott was sensational with 122 yards rushing and a touchdown and 79 yards receiving. He was virtually unstoppable and play-caller Scott Linehan did a good job of getting him the ball in space.

Ezekiel Elliott had 201 yards in total offense. He's had more than 100 yards from scrimmage 24 times since 2016, the most in the NFL since the Cowboys took him with the fourth pick of that draft.

The Cowboys will have a chance to avenge an earlier loss to Washington with a win on Thanksgiving Day. Washington will be playing with backup quarterback Colt McCoy because starter Alex Smith broke his ankle and will miss the rest of the season. There's a chance the Cowboys could be in first place five days from now. That's all you can ask heading into December.

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<![CDATA[Foster Child Makes Special Memory at Mavericks Game]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:52:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs+National+Adoption+Day.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks welcomed a child in foster care in Arkansas to the American Airlines Center Saturday on National Adoption Day for their game against the Golden State Warriors.

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<![CDATA[Doncic Leads Mavericks Over Short-Handed Warriors 112-109]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 21:47:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DoncicMavsWarrior.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 24 points, including a short jumper that gave Dallas the lead for good, and the Mavericks beat the Golden State Warriors 112-109 on Saturday night.

Golden State played without starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, but led by eight in the second half before the Mavs rallied.

Doncic hit a 10-footer in the lane with 1:10 left to put Dallas up 109-108, then sealed the game with two free throws with seven seconds remaining.

Kevin Durant scored 32 points, but only three in the fourth quarter on 1-for-7 shooting. Klay Thompson added 22 for the two-time defending champion Warriors. Durant missed two shots and Thompson one in the final minute, all of which could have either tied the game or put Golden State ahead.

Harrison Barnes had 23 points for the Mavericks, who have won five of six. It was just the second time Dallas has beaten Golden State in their past 19 meetings, the other coming on Dec. 30, 2015 -- one of only nine games the Warriors lost that regular season.

Golden State has lost four of six and dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.

An 8-0 Mavs run early in the fourth quarter, capped by Dwight Powell's three-point play, gave Dallas its first lead since early in the third quarter, 93-92, with 9:18 to play.

Jonas Jerebko hit a 3-pointer to regain the lead for Golden State, then Thompson made a short jumper and a 3 for a 100-96 lead. But the Mavericks hung tough and Dorian Finney-Smith's fast-break layup put Dallas back up 107-106 with 1:45 remaining.

Dallas, a 76 percent free throw-shooting team for the season, struggled in going 22 of 34 at the line, but Doncic came through when it mattered most.

Without Curry (left groin strain) and Green (right toe sprain), the Warriors got valuable contributions from reserves Quinn Cook and Damion Lee, the latter playing on a two-way contract. Cook scored 15 points and Lee a season-high 13.

Lee had 11 first-half points, the same amount he had scored in 24 minutes of action all season prior to Saturday.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game he wouldn't hesitate to insert either of his two-way contract players "to give us some juice," and Lee entered late in the first quarter. His 3 with 1:42 left in the quarter marked the first points scored by a Warriors player other than Durant or Thompson.

Lee added eight more, including two 3s, in a 22-11 second-quarter run that gave Golden State a 44-37 lead. The Warriors led 59-57 at halftime.

Warriors: Finish their three-game Texas trip Sunday at the Spurs.

Mavericks: At Memphis on Monday, the Mavericks' only road game in a five-game stretch.

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<![CDATA[No. 13 Texas Defense Smothers No. 18 Iowa State 24-10]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 22:30:47 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/TexasIowaStateSmother.jpg

Sam Ehlinger ran for a touchdown and passed for another before leaving with a shoulder injury, and No. 13 Texas smothered Iowa State freshman quarterback Brock Purdy in a 24-10 victory Saturday night that pushed the Longhorns closer to a berth in the Big 12 championship game.

Texas (8-3, 6-2, No. 15 CFP) is in second place in the Big 12 and on track to play in the league title game if it wins at Kansas next week. Texas hasn't won the Big 12 since 2009.

Texas had given up 114 points and 1,675 yards in its previous three games. The Longhorns allowed Iowa State just 224 total yards.

Shane Buechele took over for Ehlinger after halftime and his 27-yard touchdown pass to Lil'Jordan Humphrey with 36 seconds left in the third quarter put the game out of reach. Buechele was 10 of 10 for 89 yards.

The Texas defense played its best game in weeks with a mix of blitzes that chased Iowa State freshman quarterback Brock Purdy all night. The No. 18 Cyclones (6-4, 5-3, No. 16 CFP) also played the first half without running back David Montgomery, who was suspended for throwing a punch against Baylor a week earlier.

Purdy had led the Cyclones to five consecutive wins since taking over the offense, but was under constant pressure and was sacked five times. He finished with 130 yards on 10 of 23 passing.

Iowa State hosts Kansas State.

Texas plays at Kansas, where the Longhorns lost in 2016, next Friday with a berth in the Big 12 title game on the line.

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<![CDATA[Preview of Annual 'Piece-a-Thon']]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 22:09:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_hageland_talk_cowboys_and_pieceathon.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and 105.3 The Fan's Kevin Hageland preview the annual 'Piece-a-thon' that helps raise money for those with cognitive disabilities. 

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<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports: Saturday, November 17, 2018]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:43:33 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_111718.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney looks at the week's high sports in this edition of 'Inside High School Sports.'

<![CDATA[Thompson, Defense Pace K-State to 21-6 Win Over Texas Tech]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:31:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texastechAP_18321817686852.jpg

Skylar Thompson returned from a concussion to throw for 213 yards and a touchdown, Blake Lynch hit four field goals and Kansas State's defense grounded high-flying Texas Tech in a 21-6 victory over the sloppy Red Raiders on Saturday.

Alex Barnes added 136 yards rushing for the Wildcats (5-6, 3-5 Big 12), who kept alive their bowl hopes by beating the Red Raiders (5-6, 3-5) for the seventh time in their last eight meetings.

Texas Tech still hasn't won in Manhattan since 2008.

Red Raiders quarterback Jett Duffy, who threw for 444 yards and four TDs last week against Texas, was just 19 of 27 for 150 yards and an interception. The sophomore also lost two fumbles while spending most of the game under constant pressure for the Wildcats' defensive front.

The Red Raiders had been averaging 383 yards passing, second-best nationally. But they had four turnovers and managed just 181 yards total against the Wildcats on a cold, blustery afternoon.

Clayton Hatfield hit a pair of fields to help Texas Tech to an early 6-3 lead, but the Wildcats soon pulled ahead late in the first half. They took over when Duffy lost his first fumble near midfield and needed seven plays for Thompson to find freshman Malik Knowles in the end zone for the score.

The Wildcats had trouble adding to their lead, though.

They marched to the Texas Tech 10 to start the second half before Barnes was stuffed on fourth-and-1. Kansas State blocked a punt out of the end zone moments later for a safety, but Thompson tossed an interception in the end zone a few minutes later to spoil a chance for more.

But the Red Raiders were even more impotent on offense.

They coughed up the ball when Duffy had his arm his hit while preparing to throw, and Kansas State turned that fumble into a field goal. Another promising drive ended when Duffy threw an interception to A.J. Parker deep in Kansas State territory, and the Wildcats tacked on another field goal.

They were still leading 18-6 when Texas Tech forced a punt with about 6 minutes left, and coach Kliff Kingsbury sent McLane Carter in at quarterback. The very first snap hit him in the knee and Kansas State pounced on yet another fumble to set up one final field goal.

Texas Tech plays Baylor next Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Kansas State visits Iowa State in its regular-season finale next Saturday.

Photo Credit: Orlin Wagner/AP]]>