BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots-Cowboys clash at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon was one of the most exciting games of the 2021 NFL season. And there were a lot of people across the country hooking up to CBS.
As the match aired nationally, more than 23 million people watched as Mac Jones and the Patriots hosted Dak Prescott and the Cowboys on Sunday. The game featured an exciting edit and extension ending and was CBS’s most-watched October game in the national gaming window since 2015.
Viewers peaked when the two teams traded touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, with nearly 30 million viewers streaming between 7:30pm and 7:45pm.
Late in the fourth quarter, Jones made a six-pick over Cowboys corner player Trevon Diggs, giving Dallas a 26-21 lead with 2:21 remaining. That lead didn’t last long, as Jones linked up with Kendrick Bourne for a 75-yard touchdown on his next pass. A two-point conversion by New England gave the Patriots a 29-26 lead, but Dallas tied with a 49-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in regulation.
The game ended dramatically as Prescott fired a 35-yard, game-winning touchdown on CeeDee Lamb.
The ridiculous number of viewers Sunday’s match garnered shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, as both teams have huge followings across the country. They don’t get together very often, but when the Patriots and the Cowboys collide, the country definitely adapts.