Rayshawn Jenkins returned an interception off Dak Prescott 51 yards to the end zone, and the Jacksonville Jaguars upset the Dallas Cowboys with a 40-34 victory on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s a sequence you’ve been dreaming about since you were 8 years old. Ever since I started playing this game, I’ve dreamed of being the guy who makes a game like this for us to get a win, said Jenkins, who became the first player in NFL history with 18 tackles and two interceptions in the same game. It was pretty cool to do. »
Micah Parsons recovered a loose ball from Trevor Lawrence with less than two minutes to play, which was to greatly reduce the home side’s chances of coming back.
“It’s an unlucky rebound for us; it’s a hell of a game on their part,” Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said.
Except Lawrence and his offensive unit got one last chance, and it came to fruition with a Riley Patterson tying field goal for 48 yards as the final seconds of the fourth quarter elapsed.
Prescott took to the field as the Jaguars celebrated one of their most unlikely wins in club history. The Cowboys saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.
Leading 21-7 at halftime, the Cowboys saw the Jaguars take control of the clash after the break, to the point of giving themselves a 31-27 lead at the start of the fourth, on the third pass. picked up by Zay Jones for the touchdown.
Prescott may have thought he saved the day by orchestrating a streak leading to a 13-yard major from Noah Brown, with 3:02 to go.
A blunder of this same Brown was however at the origin of the victorious interception of the Jags.
“I was running for my life,” Jenkins said. My hamstrings were about to fire… the total. »
While Lawrence had four touchdown passes, including three to Jones, running back Travis Etienne had a fine afternoon with 103 yards rushing.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys, joining Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith as the only running backs in club history with touchdowns in seven straight games.
Dallas (10-4) therefore falls three games behind the Philadelphia Eagles (13-1), leaders of the East Division of the National, and first in the general classification of the NFL.
At the end of the evening, however, the Cowboys obtained confirmation that they will be on the playoff schedule, by virtue of the victory of the New York Giants, 20 to 12 over the Washington Commanders in a duel involving the two other NFC clubs. Is.
It was the third setback for Mike McCarthy’s men in opposing stadiums, in six outings.
Next Saturday, these same Eagles will be visitors to the Cowboys’ home.