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Cowboys eliminated from Playoffs Contention

The Seattle Seahawks ruined Ezekiel Elliott’s return from his six-game suspension and ended the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff hopes in the process, earning a crucial 21-12 win Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys took a 6-0 lead behind two Dan Bailey field goals in the second quarter. They quickly squandered that lead, however, after Dez Bryant fumbled on the team’s next possession at the Dallas 43. Five plays later, Wilson connected with tight end Jimmy Graham on a three-yard touchdown pass.

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Dallas regained the advantage on the next possession and took a 9-7 lead into the half after Bailey’s 51-yard field goal.

The Cowboys couldn’t have dominated the first half more thoroughly, at least from a statistical standpoint. They out-gained the Seahawks in total yards, 179-44, and held the ball for 18 minutes, 20 seconds. The Cowboys looked to be in control behind a running game that chewed up 103 rushing yards on the ground.

Seattle’s defense locked down in the second half, however. After a short drive and punt from Seattle’s offense to start the third quarter, Justin Coleman intercepted Prescott’s overthrown pass to Elliott and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown, giving Seattle a 14-9 lead it would never relinquish.

Seattle’s defense deserves credit for clamping down in the second half, namely on the ground, holding the Cowboys to just 25 rushing yards in the third and fourth quarters.

Elliott rushed 24 times for 97 yards. But in key moments, including in the red zone, the Cowboys failed to get their best player the ball.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, have nothing to play for in Week 17 except for the possibility of being spoilers when they face the Philadelphia Eagles. If Philly loses against the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, it’ll need either a win next week or a Minnesota Vikings loss to guarantee homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

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