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Ezekiel Elliott: Steelers defense 'parted like Red Sea'

Sunday's fascinating, drama-packed tilt between the Cowboys and Steelers ultimately boiled down to Pittsburgh trying to stop one man: Ezekiel Elliott.

No chance.

With just nine seconds left in a wild, back-and-forth tilt, the Dallas rookie runner shot through Pittsburgh's defense for a 32-yard touchdown that sealed the Cowboys' 35-30 win.

"It parted like the Red Sea. All I had to do was run," Elliott said after the game, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Behind the NFL's grittiest offensive line, Elliott had pounded away at Pittsburgh all afternoon. Along with an 83-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the first quarter, the shoe-in Rookie of the Year candidate lined up for his game-winning gallop averaging a healthy 3.9 yards per rush before contact on 21 attempts, per ESPN.

All afternoon, Elliott threatened to eventually break free. That happened at the perfect time for Dallas, with the former Ohio State star encountering a wide-open, Steeler-free meadow on his final attempt. Where was Pittsburgh?

"We really were just trying to run the ball, run the time down and kick the game-winning field goal," Elliott said. "But (the Steelers) ended up bringing the pressure. They lost the gap, and the O-line picked it up perfectly."

In a game that left Pittsburgh pointing fingers and asking questions, no doubt was cast about the sensational skills of Elliott, a player operating as a full-blown MVP for a club now boasting the NFL's best record.

Source: NFL.com via Marc Sessler