GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dak Prescott knelt with his teammates and team owner before the game, flipped head over heels for a touchdown in the first half and capped his night with a 37-yard TD pass that proved to be the game-winner.
The Dallas Cowboys erased their previous game’s ugly memory Monday night, with their young quarterback leading the way.
“He just kept battling,” Dallas head coach Jason Garrett said after the Cowboys knocked off Arizona 28-17.
“He kept making good decisions. Obviously, he made some good plays, big-time throws, but as much as anything else, he’s got an amazing spirit, and our players follow him.”
The Cowboys (2-1), bouncing back from a 42-17 pummeling in Denver, began the game kneeling at midfield with owner Jerry Jones in a show of unity that followed protests across the NFL of critical comments by President Trump.
After they knelt, they stood and walked to the sideline and stood for the anthem. Numerous boos rang out across University of Phoenix Stadium.
“We planned and it was executed that we would go out and kneel,” Jones said, “and basically make the statement regarding the need for unity and the need for equality.”
Anthem singer Jordin Sparks, whose father Phillippi played in the NFL, had “PROV 31:8-9” written on her hand.
The bible verse says: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Prescott, 13-for-18 for 183 yards, broke a 14-14 tie with a 37-yard scoring pass to Brice Butler with 11:52 to play.
“I immediately scrambled and when I scrambled, Brice took the right angle and the right initiative going to the back of the end zone,” Prescott said.
Arizona, with a spectacular catch by Larry Fitzgerald for 24 yards on a 3rd-and-18 play, moved downfield but the drive stalled. Phil Dawson’s 37-yard field goal cut the lead to 21-17 with 6:35 left.
Ezekiel Elliott, who gained 8 yards on nine carries against Denver, gained 80 yards on 22 attempts, 30 on one play. He ran 8 yards for the final touchdown.
The Cardinals (1-2), in their home opener, got a big game from Fitzgerald, who caught 13 passes for 149 yards, in the process, moving ahead of Marvin Harrison into eighth in career receiving yards. The 13 receptions tied a career high.
“That’s Fitz. It’s Monday night,” Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said. “It was a great performance by him….