ARLINGTON, —Texas Dak Prescott kept his legs moving to gain 25 yards on a quarterback sneak.
Perhaps the young star linebacker for Dallas, Micah Parsons, was following the lead of his captain.
Sunday, the Cowboys defeated the Bears 49-29 after Parsons scored his first NFL touchdown on a fumble return after Chicago quarterback Justin Fields failed to bring him down.
The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year said, “I kind of sprang up ready to rejoice with the team when I thought I was down.” “And everyone’s like, ‘Go, go, go,’ and I went, went, went.”
Prescott tossed two touchdown passes and ran for a third, while Tony Pollard rushed for 131 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in Ezekiel Elliott’s absence due to a right knee injury.
Fields brought the Bears (3-5) within five points after falling behind 28-7, but the Bears had already surrendered the lead when the second-year pro entered the wrong kind of Chicago lore.
David Montgomery fumbled the ball after catching it in the open field during the third quarter, and Parsons recovered it. Fields avoided touching Parsons by leaping over him.
On the 36-yard return, Parsons stood up, ran when he heard the “go” signal, stumbled toward the goal line, and rolled over in the end zone.
The officials did not even halt play for a review.
“There will always be ups and downs in the game,” Fields said, adding that he should have simply touched Parsons. “You’ve just got to keep battling.”
The Cowboys (6-2) scored touchdowns on their opening four possessions for the first time since 2014, two years prior to the arrival of explosive rookie quarterbacks Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, who led the team to the NFC’s top seed.
Kellen Moore, the offensive coordinator, devised a brilliant play that resulted in a 7-yard run by Prescott. Prescott’s two touchdown passes, including one to CeeDee Lamb, followed Pollard’s first touchdown.
“Obviously, we need to do a better job getting off the field,” said Bears head coach Matt Eberflus, who spent the previous four seasons as defensive coordinator in Indianapolis after seven seasons on the Dallas defensive staff. All day, we did not perform particularly well in run defense.
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Fields threw two touchdown passes and scored on the ground. His 10-yard pass to Cole Kmet brought Chicago within 13 points after his interception of Parsons gave Dallas a 42-23 lead.
Pollard responded with a 54-yard touchdown run on his final carry to restore a 20-point advantage and prevent a Bears comeback despite their fourth 200-yard running performance of the season (240).
Pollard, who tied his career high in yards and carries (14) while averaging 9.0 yards per run, stated, “The last one was tough.” “I was exhausted. But I was able to enter.”
Khalil Herbert, whose apparent fumble in the third quarter was overturned on review to help Chicago remain in the game, finished with 99 yards and a touchdown. Fields contributed 60 points, while Montgomery contributed 53.
In his second game back from a five-game absence due to a fractured right thumb, Prescott was 21 of 27 for 250 yards and an interception.
The 25-yard sneak, which resulted in the third Dallas touchdown, increased Prescott’s running yardage to 34 with only his second rushing touchdown since the start of 2021, making him the franchise leader in rushing touchdowns for a quarterback (26).
Dallas was ranked 30th in the NFL in third down conversions before to the first four touchdown drives of the game. The Cowboys were 9 for 11 on third down and had the best yardage total by far (442).
Dallas scored its most points in a game this season with 6:48 remaining in the second quarter. During Prescott’s absence, Dallas relied on defense to keep afloat.
Prescott stated, “It’s a major stride, especially going into the bye week.” This confidence entering the bye week that we can win by whatever means necessary.
FIELDS SOLID AGAIN
The Chicago quarterback completed 17 of 23 passes without an interception (one was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty) and posted a career-best passer rating of 120. Both of his career 100-plus ratings have occurred in the last four games.
MAYBE NEXT TIME, ROOKIE
Malik Davis appeared to have caught a touchdown pass of 11 yards in his NFL debut for the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie running back. It was overturned upon review, and Jake Ferguson instead caught a 1-yard touchdown throw from Dak Prescott. Ferguson and Dalton Schultz celebrated the roping with great enthusiasm.
Dallas LB Damone Clark, a rookie drafted in the fifth round, replaced Anthony Barr, who suffered a left hamstring injury while pursuing Fields’ first-half run. Clark debuted in the NFL seven months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery.