Throughout the first half, the Dallas Cowboys looked to be cruising to victory. In the second, they survived a nail-biter, making the plays that they had to, en route to a 26-20 victory.
Ezekiel Elliott had a career-high 159 rushing yards, including a short score in the second quarter. It was after this score that really had everyone talking.
“Zeke”, after his 2-yard score, ran into and out of the endzone, before jumping into the red Salvation Army bucket in celebration. This obviously had folks tweeting. Here are some of the best, captured from Social Delta’s tracking of Buccaneers vs. Cowboys:
Ezekiel Elliott just gave Roger Goodell a stroke pic.twitter.com/qynxEHv6Ci
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) December 19, 2016
— theScore (@theScore) December 19, 2016
Ezekiel Elliott’s fine for jumping into the Salvation Army bucket will be tax deductible. Money from fines go to charity. pic.twitter.com/RCrJrJXTZN
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 19, 2016
Here’s how the full graph of the game looked:
Besides the Elliott touchdown, here were the other biggest plays from this primetime game that had people talking:
Dak Prescott Runs In Untouched, 17-3 Dallas
— Mac Engel (@MacEngelProf) December 19, 2016
Remember when people were talking about replacing Dak Prescott? Cowboys take early 17-3 lead on Prescott 2-yd TD run.
— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) December 19, 2016
WHAT A DRIVE BY DAK PRESCOTT. What did you think, Jerry???
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 19, 2016
Jameis Winston Hits Cameron Brate For The Go-Ahead Score
What I might or might not have thought of Jameis Winston at halftime, scratch that. He’s 8-for-11 for 147 yards in 1st 11 minutes of 3Q.
— Tim Cowlishaw (@TimCowlishaw) December 19, 2016
Jameis Winston is in a place where his maturation has arrived and he loves it.. That’s a great feeling for a pro.
— Ralph D. Brown II (@RalphDBrown) December 19, 2016
Bailey’s Field Goal Gives Dallas a 26-20 Lead
— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) December 19, 2016
— Tim Ciesco (@TimCiescoNBC5) December 19, 2016
Cowboys D Stops Bucs Last Effort – 26-20 Final
That Jameis Winston throw was less secure than Publix’s seafood department.
— Luke Morris (@LukeMorris) December 19, 2016
After TD to give Bucs lead late in third quarter, Jameis Winston was 3-for-12 for 19 yards the rest of the way. Dallas gets last 9 points.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 19, 2016
Jameis Winston = Brett Favre in so many ways
— K (@kevinmccauley) December 19, 2016
Around the League
Patriots 16, Broncos 3: Pats Clinch the AFC East
That’s it. Patriots win.
— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) December 19, 2016
Last year #Broncos offense was 16th in the league in yards, despite hurt Manning & Brock “benched for Savage” Osweiler.
This year’s is 25th
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) December 19, 2016
Panthers 26, Redskins 15: Cam Draws A Penalty After Receiving A Helmet-to-Helmet Hit
Watch them flag Cam for taunting and not for taking the hit.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 20, 2016
Cam Newton was hit in the head while sliding and got flagged for being upset about it. The hit was not penalized. This is dark humor now.
— Zito (@_Zeets) December 20, 2016
Never mind the potential brain injury to Cam Newton. Let’s nail him for barely flicking the ball at the offending tackler.
— Ian O’Connor (@Ian_OConnor) December 20, 2016
Raiders 19, Chargers 16: Raiders Clinch First Playoff Spot Since 2002
#Raiders will be in playoffs for the first time since 2002 & control their own destiny for AFC West & a 1st Rd. bye w/2 games to go.
— John Dickinson (@JDJohnDickinson) December 19, 2016
#Raiders about to clinch 1st playoff berth since 2002 in stadium where they lost their last playoff game in Super Bowl vs TB
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) December 19, 2016