ARLINGTON – The Dallas Cowboys delivered a stroke of authority by beating the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at AT & T Stadium.

However, the most important thing for them is to have convinced themselves that their defense can consistently contain elite offensives and that in the second halves of the matches they can compete equally or better than in the first.

The Cowboys’ defense pressed the entire game to Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered his first interception of the entire season in the fourth quarter. Smith threw for 263 yards, of which 73 were on shipments to tight end Travis Kelce.

Kareem Hunt, who came to the duel as the NFL’s leading rusher, disappeared. He only added 37 yards, including 19 in his longest carry. For the last quarter, Hunt was not even in the field as a factor.

In turn, the special teams of Dallas prevented explosive plays from Kansas City to ensure their third consecutive victory and the first at home after losing in their previous home games.

“Today we play well in all three phases of the game,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “There are still things to improve, but this game was resolved without ever turning back, despite some mistakes and distractions.

“That team (Chiefs) is good. He has had a good season, “he added.

If it was not for scoring a unique last-half play, with a 56-yard pass from Smith to Tyreek Hill when it looked like the Cowboys were walking in their attempt to tackle the catcher, the Chiefs would have gone into the break with just three points. His only other touchdown came in the first offensive series of the second half, after receiving the kickoff, which prompted them to go down 14-3 to go to the front on the board 17-13.

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