Good, Bad & Ugly: Tony Pollard, defense shine for Cowboys in 41-33 win

The Dallas Cowboys live life on the sidelines and hang by a thread in the race for NFC East. They kept their hopes alive with an exciting win in Week 15 (41:33) against the San Francisco 49ers.
It was one of the more spirited efforts of the Dallas defense, despite the abandonment of 33 points and more than 450 yards of total offense. Just a week after forcing three turnovers, the Cowboys took the ball four more times to escape the division's basement.
Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly for the cowboys battling their way to the fifth win of the year.
The good: Tony Pollard
This has been a fine day for those who believe Pollard gives more juice to offense than starter Ezekiel Elliott. Pollard had a total of 132 yards and two quick touchdowns in play. It was Pollard's second score that showed Pollard's breakout and ability, two parts of his game that Elliott hasn't shown this season.
The good: CeeDee Lamb
It was an efficient game for the rookie wide receiver who had five catches for 85 yards, including a long reception of 45 yards to get a score. Lamb also returned an onsides kick for a score in a perfect setup. He should have gone down to maintain possession, but Lamb sealed the win anyway.
The good thing: Defense forces sales
DE DeMarcus Lawrence had a big sack and forced fumble while secondary got CB Anthony Brown and S Donovan Wilson back. Both had major interceptions in the fourth quarter that gave the Cowboys a chance to postpone the game. The Cowboys scored 24 takeaway points, a season high.
The good thing: special teams
Lamb's return was a thing of beauty, and Greg Zuerlein made two long field goals, including a 46-yard kick in the fourth quarter.
The Bad: Rush Defense
We knew stopping a good 49ers offensive would be challenging and the Cowboys fought predictably. The defense gave up 150 meters on the ground.
The Ugly: The passport defense
Nick Mullens shouldn't cut open the defense, especially without one of his top receivers in Deebo Samuel. However, the Cowboys let 308 yards pass and gave up a Hail Mary for a touchdown. That can't happen. Pass defense needs to be tightened if they want to keep winning games. You can chat or follow Ben on Twitter @BenGrimaldi

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