NFL Wrap: Cowboys put Detroit playoff place on hold

The Dallas Cowboys kept the Detroit Lions waiting to secure an NFL playoff spot with a 42-21 win on Monday night after a dominant second-half including Dez Bryant’s first career touchdown pass.

At half-time, the scores were tied at 21-21 but thereafter Dallas dominated their home-field advantage matching their franchise record 13-2 wins.

Dak Prescott, Dallas' rookie quarterback, looked good when throwing 212 yards for three touchdowns. The night, though, belonged to Bryant when taking a reverse pitch from Prescott then sending a left-handed pass in the end zone to Jason Witten for a 10-yard score making it 35-21.  

Had Detroit won on the night they would have been in the playoffs, they did lead 21-14 at one stage when Zach Zenner scored his second touchdown in the second quarter with 4:01 left on the clock.

But that all changed when Bryant caught the 25-yeard touchline pass from Prescott just before the break and that was followed by four unanswered touchdowns for the victory.

On Sunday, Detroit will face Green Bay for the NFC North title.