Cook’s 4th-down TD run
A gutsy call by Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer paid off with a 2-yard touchdown run by Dalvin Cook that gave the Vikings a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Vikings trailed 21-20 and faced a fourth-and-goal situation at the Dallas 2-yard line. The running back took a toss to the right, and followed fullback C.J. Ham into the end zone for the go-ahead score.
Rudolph’s 1-handed TD catch
Kyle Rudolph opened the scoring — and a big night for him — with an incredible one-handed catch for a 1-yard touchdown. While it initially appeared to be a throw-away by Kirk Cousins, the quarterback instead placed the ball where only Rudolph could reach it. The tight end, who turned 30 on Saturday, stuck his right hand out and caught the pass while keeping both feet down just inside the back of the end zone.
Kendricks’ 4th-down pass breakup
The game was on the line, and it was Eric Kendricks who stepped up yet again. With the Vikings leading 28-24, Dallas faced fourth-and-5 at the Vikings 14-yard line with 44 seconds left. Kendricks lined up in the slot against Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who ran an out route. No problem for Kendricks, who simply stayed with Elliott and tipped away the pass from Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. The play gave Minnesota possession and forced Dallas to burn all of its timeouts.
Kearse’s game-sealing interception
The Cowboys had one last chance at a Hail Mary, but Jayron Kearse made sure the Vikings left AT&T Stadium with a win Sunday night. Kearse came through — all 6-foot-4 of him — on the final play of the game as he picked off Prescott’s last-gasp throw into the end zone to preserve the win. It was the first-career interception for the safety.