By Alex Al-Kazzaz
Scoring 33 points in the fourth quarter is a respectable accomplishment for the Dallas Cowboys. The final score of 54-19 tells one story and the five turnovers forced by Dallas tells another. After the third quarter, Dallas had a narrow 21-19 lead and it looked as though Indianapolis had a legitimate shot at pulling off an upset. However, Dak Prescott & Company decided not to let that happen.
While Dallas is unlikely to repeat as NFC East champions, they are close to securing a playoff spot which is more than satisfying for Dallas. Indianapolis drops to 4-8-1. With New York and Washington ending in a draw, Dallas getting the win draws them closer and closer to a playoff berth. One win as a team is how to do it.
Dallas had a slow start to this game. Immediately after taking a 7-3 lead, the Colts wasted no time in responding. In the first half, the Colts looked very good and were giving Dallas a very good run for their money. When Dallas scored a touchdown to make it 28-19, the Colts fumbled on the next drive, which Dallas returned to the house for a touchdown. That was the official turning point and the downfall for the Colts began. Indianapolis would fail to recover from it.
Jonathan Taylor's 21 carries for 82 yards did very little to no damage. Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott were able to run the ball effectively and while Prescott threw for less than 200 yards, he still tossed three touchdown passes. Overall, Dallas' offense amassed less than 400 total yards. But at the end of the day, it's the 54 points total that tell the story.
A total of four turnovers in the fourth quarter for the Colts. Dallas capitalized on all of them.