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Cowboys vs. Vikings final score, results: Backup QB Cooper Rush leads Dallas to last-minute win

Backup quarterback Cooper Rush led the Cowboys to a come-from-behind 20-16 victory over the Vikings on “Sunday Night Football.”

Dallas (6-1) took its first lead of the game with 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter when Rush threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper in the back left corner of the end zone. Earlier in the drive, Cooper made a juggling 33-yard catch to get the Cowboys into Minnesota territory.

Cooper finished 122 receiving yards, only his second game of the year over 100. Fellow Dallas wide receiver CeeDee Lamb finished with 112 receiving yards, his third game this season with 100 or more. 

Rush stepped in after Dak Prescott (calf) was ruled out in a game-time decision. Rush, playing in his first game since 2017, finished with 325 passing yards, two touchdown passes and one interception. He also completed 60 percent of his throws (24 for 40).

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Minnesota (3-4) had taken a 16-13 lead with 2:51 to go in the fourth quarter, aided greatly by three Cowboys penalties for 33 yards. Tarell Basham was flagged for roughing the passer and Randy Gregory was penalized twice for unnecessary roughness. Even with the free yardage, the Vikings had to settle for a 24-yard Greg Joseph field goal.

Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins finished the game with 184 passing yards and one touchdown. This was Cousins’ first game this season with less than 200 passing yards.

Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Cowboys vs. Vikings on “Sunday Night Football.” Read below for updates from the NFL Week 8 game.

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Cowboys vs. Vikings score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Cowboys 0 3 10 7 21
Vikings 7 3 3 3 16

Cowboys vs. Vikings live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’

(All times Eastern)

End of game: Cowboys 20, Vikings 16.

11:29 p.m. — Cousins opens up the Vikings’ last drive with a completion to Thielen for a 13-yard gain and first down.

11:26 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN. Cooper scores a touchdown to put the Cowboys in the lead for the first time tonight with 51 seconds left in the game. Cowboys 21, Vikings 16.

11:24 p.m. — The Vikings called two consecutive timeouts, which is not allowed, so they were flagged for delay of game because the referees failed to ignore the second timeout.

11:22 p.m. — Cowboys’ Connor Williams is flagged for offensie holding. This adds 10 yards to their second down, so they are now on the Vikings’ 22-yard line.

11:20 p.m. — The Vikings are flagged for illegal use of hands. They could’ve fumbled the ball if it wasn’t for the penalty.

11:16 p.m. — Cooper catches a 33-yard pass from Rush and finishes on the Vikings’ 42-yard line. He juggled to get the ball secure.

11:12 p.m. — FIELD GOAL. Joseph’s 24-yard field goal is good for the Vikings to take back the lead. Vikings 16, Cowboys 13.

11:11 p.m. — The Vikings lose four yards from Cook and then lose three yards from Mattison.

11:09 p.m. — Gregory gets flagged again for unnecessary roughness. This pushes the Vikings to the Cowboys’ 4-yard line.

11:07 p.m. — The Cowboys earn another penalty, this time on Gregory for unnecessary roughness. The Vikings advance 14 yards enforced at the Cowboys’ 27-yard line.

11:04 p.m. — Tarell Basham is flagged for roughing the passer, which advances the Vikings 15 yards and gives them a first down.

11:02 p.m. — The Cowboys finish their drive three-and-out. A little over eight minutes remain in the game.

10:56 p.m. — The Vikings go three-and-out for the third drive in a row.

10:55 p.m. — Cousins is flagged for intentional grounding, which adds 13 yards to their second down attempt.

10:51 p.m. — FUMBLE.  Xavier Woods, the former Cowboys, sacks Rush, which makes him lose the ball. Anthony Barr recovers the ball for the Vikings on their own 48-yard line.

10:50 p.m. — Lamb catches a 19-yard pass, putting the Cowboys on the Vikings’ 47-yard line.

10:47 p.m. — Rush completes a 15-yard pass to Cooper. The Cowboys are now on their 37-yard line.

10:45 p.m. — The Vikings go three-and-out again. They have now gone eight drives without reaching the red zone.

End of third quarter: Cowboys 13, Vikings 13.

10:40 p.m. — FIELD GOAL. Zuerlien completes a 39-yard field goal to tie the game up again. Cowboys 13, Vikings 13.

10:36 p.m. — Rush throws to Wilson, who then completes a 35-yard pass to Lamb for a big Cowboys first down.

10:34 p.m. — The Vikings go three-and-out.

10:25 p.m. — Cooper catches a 10-yard pass for the Cowboys first down. They are on their own 34-yard line.

10:21 p.m. — FIELD GOAL. The Vikings regain the lead after Joseph makes a 40-yard field goal. Vikings 13, Cowboys 10.

10:18 p.m. — Chris Herndon catches a 7-yard pass from Cousins for a Vikings first down on the Cowboys’ 27-yard line.

10:13 p.m. — Vikings’ Everson Griffen sacks Rush for a Cowboys loss of 10 yards. The Cowboys go three-and-out.

10:08 p.m. — Cowboys’ Randy Gregory sacks Cousins causing the Vikings to finish their drive.

10:05 p.m. — Cook rushes for 19 yards, his biggest gain of the night. The Vikings are on their own 49-yard line.

9:59 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN. Wilson scores a 73-yard touchdown on the third play of the second half. The game is now tied within a minute of the second half. Cowboys 10, Vikings 10.

End of second quarter: Vikings 10, Cowboys 3.

9:41 p.m. — Cousins rushes 13 yards for a first down. However, the Vikings couldn’t get in scoring position before the half ends.

9:39 p.m. — The Cowboys didn’t score on their drive. The Vikings receive the ball with 43 seconds left in the half.

9:35 p.m. — Vikings’ Cam Dantzler intercepts a pass from Rush, but the call was overturned after review. The ball hit the ground while he was catching it.

9:30 p.m. — FIELD GOAL. Vikings’ Greg Joseph makes a 45-yard field goal before the half. Vikings 10, Cowboys 3.

9:24 p.m. — On fourth down and inches, Thielen advances 32 yards for the Vikings.

9:21 p.m. — The Vikings go three-and-out. During the punt return, Cowboys’ Chauncey Golston was called for defensive offsides. A 5-yard penalty was enforced at the Vikings’ 30-yard line.

9:16 p.m. — FIELD GOAL. Zuerlein makes a 38-yard field goal to put the Cowboys on the board. Vikings 7, Cowboys 3.

9:13 p.m. —  Cedrick Wilson Jr. catches a 9-yard pass from Rush for the first down. The Cowboys are inching closer to the end zone as they are now on the Vikings’ 24-yard line.

9:09 p.m. — Cooper catches a 29-yard pass from Rush for a first down. The Cowboys are on the Vikings’ 49-yard line.

9:05 p.m. — The VIkings do not score after their interception.

8:59 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Xavier Woods intercepts Rush’s pass intended for Blake Jarwin on the Vikings’ 28-yard line. He ran an additional 12 yards.

End of first quarter: Vikings 7, Cowboys 0.

8:53 p.m. — CeeDee Lamb catches a 20-yard pass to place the Cowboys on their own 37-yard line.

8:52 p.m. — Ezekiel Elliot rushes in for a Cowboys first down.

8:49 p.m. — The Vikings don’t score on their second drive.

8:45 p.m. — Dalvin Cook rushes for 15 yards and a first down to open the Vikings’ second drive.

8:42 p.m. — Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein misses the 43-yard field goal attempt.

8:41 p.m. — Eric Kendricks sacks Rush at the Vikings’ 25-yard line for a loss of six yards on third down.

8:37 p.m. — After a defensive offside penalty advanced the Cowboys by five yards and gave them an automatic first down, Tony Pollard rushes six yards for another first down.

8:34 p.m. — Cooper Rush completes the first down in his first start as a Cowboy. Amari Cooper caught the 5-yard pass.

8:29 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN. Adam Thielen scores the first touchdown of the game on the first drive. Vikings 7, Cowboys 0.

8:25 p.m. — Tyler Conklin catches a 31-yard pass for a Vikings first down. The Vikings are now on the Cowboys’ 36-yard line.

8:22 p.m. — ‘Sunday Night Football’ kicks off as the Vikings receive the ball.

Cowboys vs. Vikings start time

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 31
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

The Cowboys vs. Vikings game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2021 are scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. ET.

How to watch ‘Sunday Night Football’

  • TV channels: NBC
  • Live streams: Peacock, fuboTV

Cowboys vs. Vikings will be broadcast on NBC with announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on the call and Michele Tafoya on the sidelines.

You can also stream “Sunday Night Football” live online with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day tria l .

‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2021

Week Date Matchup TV Channel
8 Oct. 31 Cowboys at Vikings NBC
9 Nov. 7 Titans at Rams NBC
10 Nov. 14 Chiefs at Raiders NBC
11 Nov. 21 Steelers at Chargers NBC
12 Nov. 28 Browns at Ravens NBC
13 Dec. 5 49ers at Seahawks NBC
14 Dec. 12 Bears at Packers NBC
15 Dec. 19 Saints at Buccaneers NBC
16 Dec. 26 WFT at Cowboys NBC
17 Jan. 2 Vikings at Packers NBC