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Thursday Night Football review: Dallas Cowboys rally to beat Seattle Seahawks

The Dallas Cowboys moved to 9-3 on the season with a come-from-behind 41-35 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.

The Cowboys led 17-7 in the second quarter, but trailed for much of the second half until a crucial late score from tight end Jake Ferguson. 

They failed to cover the spread after the spirited display from Seattle, but remain in the hunt for a high seeding in the NFC playoffs.

Dak Prescott strengthens MVP case

The Cowboys have been involved in some high-scoring contests of late, and this was the fourth time in their last six games that they had scored 41 or more points.

Quarterback Dak Prescott ended one yard short of a 300-yard passing night, but added three more touchdown passes to take this tally for the season to 26 without adding to his total of six interceptions.

Prescott is now a key contender for the NFL MVP award and is the third-favorite at +400 odds.

Click here for the full odds to win NFL MVP.

DK Metcalf gave the Seahawks a 7-3 lead with the first touchdown of the game when he burned Dallas cornerback DaRon Bland on a 73-yard pass from Geno Smith, but Prescott then found CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks for Dallas TDs which put the home team 17-7 ahead.

Seattle running back Zach Charbonnet and Metcalf again reached the end zone to put the visiting team up by 21-20 at halftime.

A Smith run extended the Seahawks' lead to 28-20, but the Cowboys again hit back through running back Tony Pollard. 

The back-and-forth nature of the game continued into the final quarter as Metcalf scored his third touchdown to put Seattle eight points ahead, only for Ferguson's score and a pair of Brandon Aubrey field goals to give Dallas the vital victory.

Rookie Aubrey has yet to miss in the first 26 field-goal attempts of his NFL career, although he has missed three extra-point attempts.

DK Metcalf stars for Seahawks with three touchdowns

Dallas won a 14th straight home game but was made to work for it by a Seattle team that played much better than it had in recent weeks. This was the Seahawks' third straight loss after divisional defeats to the Rams and 49ers in the NFC West.

They played their part in an entertaining game, though, as it was only the fifth time in NFL history that neither team punted. 

Metcalf had a season's best 134 receiving yards on only six catches, and was supported by rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who had seven receptions for 62 yards, and Tyler Lockett with five catches for 47 yards. 

Smith ended with more passing yards than Prescott at 334 to 299, and Charbonnet did an effective job leading the Seattle ground game in the absence of the injured Kenneth Walker III. But the Dallas defense, despite struggling early, got key stops on fourth down when it mattered late in the game. 

Seattle also picked up a couple of injury worries, with Charbonnet hurting his knee and linebacker Jordyn Brooks sustaining an ankle injury.

Cowboys defensive back DaRon Bland was the hero of the previous week, when he made his record-breaking fifth pick-six of the season against the Commanders, but he was given a rough time by the Seahawks receivers early in this game. 

Bland did, however, get his revenge later on with a key interception of a ball intended for Tyler Lockett for his eighth pick of the year.

Tough games next for both teams

Having provided an awesome start to the NFL Week 13 slate, the teams now get an extended break before tackling tough matchups in Week 14. 

The Cowboys have a huge showdown against the 10-1 Eagles, again at AT&T Stadium, having lost the teams' first meeting of the season 28-23 in Philadelphia in Week 9. 

Another head-to-head loss to the Eagles would end any hope the Cowboys have of catching them and winning the division. As it stands, the Cowboys have +550 odds to win the NFC East, longer than the the Philadelphia Eagles at -900.

The Seahawks have lost four of their last five games but their tough schedule continues with another game against the 49ers, this time on the road, after their one-sided 31-13 loss to San Francisco in Week 12. 

Things don't get any easier after that, either, although they have the chance to do the Cowboys a favor if they can beat the Eagles in the Monday Night Football game in Week 15.

The Seahawks are at +140 odds to make the playoffs this season after falling to 6-6 having started the season with five wins in their first seven games.

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