The Cowboys had more rushing and passing yards than the Seahawks. It didn’t matter.
Dallas turned it over three times, Dan Bailey missed two fourth-quarter field goals, and Seattle beat the Cowboys, 21-12. Jerry Jones’s team fell to 8-7 and were eliminated from playoff contention. Ezekiel Elliott, who returned from a six-game suspension, had 97 yards on 24 carries.
The Cowboys’ 9-7 halftime lead vanished when QB Dak Prescott threw an interception on the first possession of the second half, and Justin Coleman returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. Dallas then drove to the Seattle 25; Prescott threw another interception. Seattle pushed it to a two-score game after Prescott’s second pick. Bailey missed field goals on his team’s final two second-half possessions.
Seattle’s points all came off Cowboys turnovers; their first-half TD came after a Dez Bryant fumble. The Seahawks had 136 yards of offense and allowed 142 yards in penalties, becoming the first team since 1966 to win a game with more penalty yards than offensive yards.