The Dallas Cowboys got off to a classic slow start on Sunday Night Football as the team trailed 10-7 through one quarter and took a 21-13 lead to halftime.

Dak Prescott looked uncharacteristically shaky throwing the football while the defense allowed big plays here and there. Suddenlty it looked like the game would be a closer one than expected.

But a second half explosion made any stress about the Cowboys’ Week 13 game go away very quickly. After the Colts started the second half with a touchdown to cut down the lead to 21-19, the Cowboys would fire back and never look back.

Dak Prescott led his offense to a 10-play drive for 75 yards and the touchdown. Tony Pollard’s explosive 22-yard rush got things started and once in the red zone, Prescott found CeeDee Lamb on a 17-yard pass before connecting with Michael Gallup in a backshoulder throw to extend the lead.

That made it 28-19 Cowboys. At that point, Mike McCarthy’s team appeared to be in full control of the game. They had escaped the “trap” portion of the showdown.

What followed that sequence was absolute chaos for Matt Ryan and his offense:

  • Malik Hooker scoop-and-score. 34-19 Cowboys.
  • DaRon Bland interception to set up a 30-yard touchdown rush by Tony Pollard, 40-19 Cowboys.
  • Another Bland interception to set up Ezekiel Elliott’s touchdown, 47-19, Cowboys.
  • Osa Odighizuwa forces a fumble to set up a Malik Davis TD run, 54-19, Cowboys.

It’s clear that the Cowboys need to clean up their awkward starts. Those can prove deadly, especially when your defensive specialty lies in rushing the passer thus needing to be ahead in the scoreboard to force the opponent to pass.

But there’s something to be said about Dallas being talented enough to consistently overcome those slow starts. What at a time felt like a stressful game quickly became a blowout.

This squad knows how to put teams away. That’s what contenders do in the NFL.

With Sunday’s win, the Cowboys improve to 9-3 and get ready for the Houston Texans next Sunday.

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