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Amari Cooper makes late appearance but comes up just short in Patriots win over Cowboys

The Cowboys lost a wild one, thanks in part to some shaky decision-making and in part to Amari Cooper getting shut down. We break down the result.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver coach Sanjay Lal talks to wide receiver Amari Cooper during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, November 17, 2019. Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The New England Patriots held off the Dallas Cowboys 13-9 in a game that ended in wild fashion. There was shaky decision-making, a near huge catch from Amari Cooper, and in the end, the Patriots got a big win to remain atop the AFC.

Stephon Gilmore shut down Cooper entirely for the entire game. Gilmore picked off the one first quarter target that went Cooper’s way. Cooper was on and off the field, but did not appear to be injured. He caught a pass early in the second half that was overturned by a penalty. He then almost made a huge fourth down catch on the Cowboys final drive, but it was overturned on instant replay.

The Cowboys hung close thanks to a strong defensive showing, but they simply could not get anything going on offense. Jason Garrett made a questionable decision to kick a field goal down seven with 6:04 to go. They got a stop, but given that they were going to need a touchdown regardless, it was an odd choice. I imagine Garrett will talk about the support he has for his defense, but it was still an odd call. If they failed to convert, that trusted defense could get a stop and get them in good field position with a chance to tie.

Whatever the case, the Cowboys drop to 6-5 with the loss. They remain a game up on the Eagles in the NFC East and host the Buffalo Bills in Week 13. The Patriots improve to 10-1, and I believe will have a chance to clinch a playoff berth next week when they travel to face the Houston Texans.