Dallas fans clamoring for fourth-string quarterback Kellen Moore got their wish as head coach Jason Garrett sent the fourth-year practice squad player to replace Matt Cassel, who finished the game going 3/8 for 37 yards and an interception.
Moore hardly fared better in the stats column as his 15/25 for 158 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions gave the Jets three points off his turnovers, which happened to be the difference in the game.
The Cowboys are officially eliminated from playoff contention falling to 4-10. Now, the NFC East is finally a three-team race with Washington, NY Giants, and Philadelphia all knotted at 6-7 with three games left.
The Dallas defense blew coverage on a 43-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to receiver Kenbrell Thompkins on first-and-10 from the Jets 31-yard line with 1:01 left in regulation. New York ran the clock down and elected to send out kicker Randy Bullock, who had missed a 33-yard extra point along with a 45-yard field goal earlier, to give the Jets a 19-16 lead with 36 seconds to play.
Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence notched his seventh sack of the season and his sixth in the past six games. Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford moved into undisputed third place with a sack tonight to tally five total on the year. With middle linebacker Rolando McClain inactive with a concussion, replacement Anthony Hitchens led the team with 10 combined tackles.
Dez Bryant led all Cowboys receivers with 50 yards on four catches and a touchdown. Jason Witten caught five passes for 49 yards, and receiver Cole Beasley caught three passes for 37 yards.
The Cowboys running game managed to gain 134 yards on 21 carries against the third-best rushing defense in terms of yards per carry. Darren McFadden led the way with 16 carries for 100 yards.
Though the Jets defense scored a rushing touchdown thanks to Bilal Powell, who finished the game carrying the ball six times for 25 yards and a touchdown, New York could only muster 73 rushing yards on 26 attempts,.
Receiver Eric Decker caught six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, and receiver Brandon Marshall four passes for 74 yards.
Darelle Revis picked off Cassel on an errant pass that referee Craig Wrolstad ruled intentional grounding. Safeties Calvin Pryor and Marcus Williams each caught interceptions from Moore, as did cornerback Marcus Gilchrist.
For the Jets, improving to 9-5 on the season gives them a solid grasp on the sixth seed in the AFC as the rest of the conference teams in the hunt decide their own fate tomorrow.
Dan Bailey hits a 27-yard field goal with 10:49 to go in the first quarter to make it 3-0 Cowboys.
Bilal Powell runs for a 12-yard touchdown, but Randy Bullock misses a 33-yard PAT, his third of the season with 35 seconds to go in the first quarter to establish a 6-3 Jets lead.
Randy Bullock hits a 36-yard field goal with 8:02 to go in the second quarter to make it 9-3 Jets.
Kellen Moore throws a 10-yard touchdown to Dez Bryant with 1:25 to go in the second quarter with Dallas pulling ahead 10-9.
Bailey nails a 38-yard field goal with 3:44 to go in the third quarter to increase the Cowboys lead 13-9.
Fitzpatrick his Eric Decker for a three-yard touchdown with 9:01 in the fourth quarter to take a 16-13 lead.
Bailey nails a bank off the right upright for a 50-yard field goal to tie it up 16-16 with 1:55 in the fourth quarter.
Bullock nails a 40-yard field goal with 36 seconds in the fourth quarter to win the game.
* Thanks to our guy Jordan Ross: Terrance Mitchell's interception was the first one by a Cowboys cornerback all year.
* Adrian Peterson is the only running back this season with more 100-yard rushing games than McFadden's five.
* Bailey is now tied with Rafael Septien for the most three-plus field goal games in club history with 21.
* Kellen Moore is now the 12th quarterback Jason Witten has caught a pass from.
* The last time the Cowboys played four quarterbacks in a season was 2001, coincidentally another season Dallas fell to 4-10.
* This is the first time since 2010 the Cowboys were eliminated from the playoffs before Week 17.