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By Jack Ryan

Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes as the visiting Vikings just held on late to beat the Dallas Cowboys, 28-24.

The Cowboys, at 5-4, fell into a first-place tie with the idle Eagles in the NFC East as Dak Prescott’s 397 passing yards weren’t enough. Amari Cooper had 11 catches for 147 yards. Randall Cobb had six catches for 106 yards. But the Vikings limited Elliott to 47 rushing yards and made the big play on defense in crunch time.

The Vikings improved to 7-3, a game behind the first-place Green Bay Packers in the NFC North and in the thick of a rugged NFC wild-card chase. Cousins is having a productive second season in Minnesota after the Vikings missed the playoffs last season on the heels of signing Cousins to a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract in free agency as part of his unceremonious departure from the Washington Redskins.

He threw a pair of one-yard touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Rudolph as the Vikings grabbed an early 14-0 lead Sunday night. Rudolph made a fantastic one-handed catch in the back of the end zone on the first of those. Cousins finished with 220 passing yards on 23-for-32 throwing accuracy. Perhaps most importantly, he didn’t throw an interception as the Vikings went turnover-free and beat the Cowboys even without injured wide receiver Adam Thielen.

For the season, Cousins has 18 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. But for Cousins, it’s not about putting up eye-catching passing numbers. He did that, after all, with the Redskins. It’s about avoiding huge mistakes, not shrinking from the big moments and winning significant games. With Sunday night’s victory, Cousins upped his career record in prime-time games to 7-13. He’s now 2-7 on the road in prime-time games.

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