ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Cowboys chances to make the playoffs seemed bankrupt after starting the season 3-5.
Then, the fortunes in Dallas turned around when the Cowboys cashed in against the rival Redskins on Thanksgiving Day, thanks to a healthy deposit from Ezekiel Elliott.READ MORE: Tony Evans Jr., Lancaster Football Player And University Of Wyoming Recruit, Killed In Shooting At Dallas Hotel
After scoring the games first touchdown, Elliott raced from the end zone to the Salvation Army Red Kettle.
But instead of jumping in, Elliott pulled out $21 and dropped in the donation that matched his jersey number.READ MORE: 11-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Child Who Found Gun In Vehicle At Dallas Walmart, Police Say
In the second half, it was new Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper who grabbed the spotlight, by grabbing a pair of TD passes.
The Cowboys seized a share of the NFC East lead with a 31-23 win over Washington, and the Cowboys nation was thankful.
“Everyone jumped off the bandwagon, of course, at 3-5. You expect that.” Dak Prescott said after the game. “I can tell you who didn’t doubt ourselves, who didn’t think that we could do this is everybody in that locker room, and that’s all the really matters.”MORE NEWS: Ramsey Clark, Dallas Native And Former US Attorney General, Dies At 93