Cowboys’ dominant Monday night performance lowers Lions’ playoff chances

The night began with everyone wondering if the Cowboys were taking too big a risk playing their starters.

It ended with the home crowd chanting for a Tony Romo mop-up appearance and everyone from Lions beat writers to ESPN color commentator Jon Gruden recommending that Detroit pull QB Matthew Stafford, lest he take any more punishment in a blowout loss.

The Cowboys promised they would not let up Monday, despite having the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed sealed. And even while limiting the workload for superstar RB Ezekiel Elliott (a season-low 12 carries), they held mostly true to their word. Tied 21-21 at halftime with a Detroit team in need of a win to clinch a playoff spot, Dallas steamrolled through the final 30 minutes with as complete a showing as it’s had all year.

The result: A 42-21 Cowboys win that made clear, yet again, how lethal their attack can be

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