WATCH: Cowboys cure 4th-down blues, convert ahead of Elliott’s score

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The Atlanta Falcons decided they were going to test mettle first, going for fourth-and-seven despite being well within the range of their field goal kicker. They failed, giving the Dallas Cowboys solid field position with a 7-3 lead. As fate would have it, the Cowboys would soonafter be presented with their own fourth-down decision.

Unlike in Week 9, when Dallas went 0-for-4 in conversions, this time it was all good. Motion sent WR CeeDee Lamb from trips left to the right side and his option route led him to the numbers where QB Dak Prescott found him for the conversion. With the drive continuing, RB Ezekiel Elliott checked into the drive which had been manned by Tony Pollard before the quarter break.

Elliott then did the heavy lifting, with five straight targets (three runs, two pass attempts) and plunged into the end zone on second-and goal to give Dallas a 14-3 lead in the second quarter.

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