That was the formula for the Dallas Cowboys, who followed a creative pre-game demonstration for equality and unity with an exhibition of highlight-reel plays that made all the difference in a 28-17 smashing of the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.
Dak Prescott capped a 10-yard touchdown run with a somersault into the end zone. Dez Bryant finished off a 15-yard touchdown reception by pushing a pile of Cardinals for the final few yards. Brice Butler produced a 37-yard touchdown off a scramble drill by leaping above his defender.
And the oft-maligned Dallas defense buried Arizona’s Carson Palmer for six sacks — three coming from NFL sack leader DeMarcus Lawrence — before finishing the game with a goal-line stand.
“One of the things we talk about all the time — it’s the foundation of our entire program — is the word ‘fight,’ ” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. “You just have to keep fighting. You have to keep battling.”