FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots were one or two plays away from beating the Cowboys Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
But, unfortunately for them, like they have for the most part this year, they did not go their way and they fell to 0-4 at home this year with a 35-29 loss in overtime.
One of the biggest plays was in the closing seconds of regulation and third-and-25 for the Dallas offense at its 45-yard line. The Cowboys were able to get 24 yards on a pass to CeeDee Lamb and set up a 49-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal that tied the game at 29 with 24 seconds to go.
“We’ll watch it, but we’re banged up, it’s tough,” Devin McCourty said after the game. “You would want more DBs in but you guys could see, it was tough. [Jonathan] Jones was in and out, [Adrian Phillips] went down for a second, [Justin Bethel] went down for a second, it was just tough. A play we try to practice just wasn’t executed well enough. That play was tough though.”
In addition to those players getting banged up during the game, cornerback Joejuan Williams was a healthy inactive, while Shaun Wade missed the game with a concussion.
The other big play was obviously the 35-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime when Dak Prescott found Lamb with Jalen Mills in coverage.
"We were in a tough call for the route they ran,” McCourty said. “They dialed up a good play for what we tried to do, kind of situational football. What they like to do, we tried to take it away. Dak [Prescott] was able to hold it for another second. We kind of took the first two reads, the two tight ends to the flat on our left side, but an extended play, he got to kind of get back to the middle. That's where we were kind of light at and that was it.”
Overall, the Patriots defense allowed 567 yards of offense, the most ever in the Bill Belichick era.