The Cowboys decided to receive following the Jacksonville coin toss, hoping to set the offensive tone. Dallas was hurt when the drive stopped just after it crossed the midfield line. The Cowboys defense responded to the Jaguars’ subsequent drive.
Jacksonville was near midfield after two downs. Travis Etienne Jr., the running back, mishandled the ball and safety Donovan Wilson waited in the opposite territory to make the recovery.
Tony Pollard, runningback and gifted on a short field was able to get the offense moving. He converted two first downs before his counterpart finished the job. Ezekiel Elliott completed the drive with a touchdown run of 10 yards, capitalizing on defensive efforts.
Kellen Moore dialed in the run game, and only the run on the scoring drive. Six rushes for 41 yard forced the Jaguars to submit. There was no drop-off in the offensive line with Tyron Smith starting at right guard, which led to the score.