Cowboys vs. Buccaneers live score, updates, highlights from NFL 'Sunday Night Football' game

Cowboys vs. Buccaneers live score, updates, highlights from NFL 'Sunday Night Football' game

Buccaneers vs. Cowboys in Week 1 of the NFL season. Sound familiar?

After Tampa Bay won Super Bowl 55, it opened the 2021 NFL season with a Thursday night matchup at home against Dallas and unfurled the banner for its second title. This year, the Buccaneers will close out the first Sunday of the NFL season when they hit the road to face the Cowboys.

These teams are coming in with different looks from a season ago. Both suffered major injury losses on the offensive line during the offseason. The Buccaneers lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement. The Cowboys traded wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Browns.

But these two teams remain among the best not just in the NFC, but also the NFL. Their offenses are poised to put up points in bunches, which should lead to another thrilling matchup after last year’s 31-29 Tampa Bay win.

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The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Cowboys vs. Buccaneers. Below are the key moments from the first “Sunday Night Football” game of the 2022 NFL season.

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Cowboys vs. Buccaneers live updates, highlights from Sunday night football

(All times Eastern)

Fourth quarter

10:40 p.m.: For one of the few times tonight, Fournette is bottled up for a modest gain of one.

10:37 p.m.: White nearly picks off Prescott on the attempt — and very possibly could have taken it to the house had he brought it down — but instead, it’s an incomplete pass out to Houston. The Buccaneers will take over at their own 41 leading by 16 with 13:31 remaining on “Sunday Night Football.”

10:36 p.m.: Prescott finds Schultz for their fifth connection of the night, this one for 13 yards down the left side, three yards shy of the first. Pollard tries to rush for the first, but is stopped two yards shy of the first. At Tampa Bay’s 41, the Cowboys will go for it on fourth.

10:35 p.m.: Pollard kicks off the fourth quarter with a rush for a first, but Steele is flagged for holding. He’s now been called for three penalties on this drive. This one wipes away a first down and brings up 2nd-and-16 at the Dallas 45.

Third Quarter

10:30 p.m.: Prescott connects with Lamb for a 13-yard gain and a first, but Terence Steele is called for his second false start on the drive. Pollard rushes up for a gain of nine to the Tampa Bay 45 to set up a 2nd-and-6 as the third quarter comes to an end.

10:29 p.m.: Cowboys gain five on a completion to Schultz, but a false start moves them right back to a 2nd-and-10.

10:28 p.m.: After a defensive offsides penalty, Prescott hits Schultz for a gain of 14 to give Dallas the first at its own 38. Huge pickup of a first for the Cowboys.

10:26 p.m.: Prescott’s rough outing continues. He misses Brown on the first play, and then is sacked by Anthony Nelson back at Dallas’ 19 for a loss of six. Cowboys face a 3rd-and-16.

10:26 p.m.: The Cowboys will start the next drive at the 25 after a touchback.

10:22 p.m. Buccaneers scoring play: Evans makes an incredible, one-handed snag on a touch pass from Brady to the back-left corner of the end zone with 3:23 left in the quarter. Dallas now trails by 16. Buccaneers extend their lead to 19-3.

10:21 p.m.: Buccaneers have their best TD chance of the night as Brady hits Evans on a slant route for a gain of 17 yards out to Dallas’ 5.

10:19 p.m.: Safety Jayron Kearse was injured on a 3-yard rush by Fournette, and he’ll limp to the sideline.

10:17 p.m.: Evans makes a clutch catch for the Buccaneers for a gain of 10, boxing out Anthony Brown to pick up the first down at the Dallas 25.

10:16 p.m.: Brady nearly connects with Jones on a deep pass down the left sideline for 38 yards, but he can’t haul it in. Second-and-10 coming up.

10:14 p.m.: Now a gain of nine for Fournette and a carry for 17 yards up to Dallas’ 42. He is having no problems running behind this banged-up Tampa Bay line, as he’s already up to 109 yards on 18 carries.

10:14 p.m.: Fournette starts the Tampa Bay drive with a gain of 11 yards.

10:11 p.m.: The Buccaneers will start their drive at their own 21 after a 58-yard punt from Anger and 9-yard return by Darden.

10:10 p.m.: Devin White gets to Prescott for a sack to force Dallas to punt from its own 30.

10:09 p.m.: A penalty wipes away a 4-yard reception by Pollard, but Elliott brings those yards back with a gain of five. Pollard then catches another pass with a catch for four to make it a 3rd-and-6 at the Dallas 37.

10:07 p.m.: Rushes of six and seven yards for Elliott, as he moves Dallas up to the 33.

10:04 p.m.: Booming punt by Camarda carries 63 yards and bounces into the endzone for a touchback. Dallas will start at its own 20.

10:03 p.m.: Jake Camarda’s first NFL punt hits the video board in Dallas, which means the punt will be reset. His second punt backs Dallas up, but the Cowboys are flagged for running into the punter. The punt will be replayed again, this time from five yards closer.

9:59 p.m.: Buccaneers are backed up five yards on a false start, and Brady tries a deep shot for Perriman that is batted away incomplete by Trevon Diggs and safety Malik Hooker.

9:57 p.m.: After a short rush of two by Fournette, White catches a pass out wide for just a gain of one. Buccaneers already facing a 3rd-and-7 from their own 38.

9:56 p.m.: Evans is back out on the field for the Buccaneers as Fournette rushes up the middle for a gain of 10 yards. 

9:55 p.m.: The Buccaneers will start the second half at the 25. Chris Godwin has been ruled out for the rest of the game with a hamstring injury.

Second Quarter

9:48 p.m.: In addition to Godwin, Evans appears to have been banged up during the first half.

9:41 p.m.: Turpin’s return goes out only to the 15, and Prescott opts to kneel down. Dallas heads to the locker room trailing the Buccaneers 12-3.

9:37 p.m. Buccaneers scoring play: Succop’s kick from 47 yards out is good. Dallas will get the ball trailing by nine with 14 seconds left. Buccaneers extend their lead to 12-3.

9:36 p.m.: Brady fires another missile out to Perriman, but the ball sails too high. Succop will come out for his fifth field goal try already. He’s 3-for-4 so far.

9:35 p.m.: Back-to-back incompletions, first a deep shot to Breshad Perriman in the end zone and then a mid-range toss out to Brate. Buccaneers facing a 3rd-and-10 from the Dallas 29 with 25 seconds left in the half.

9:34 p.m.: Vintage Brady to vintage Julio. Brady finds Jones deep down the left sideline for 48 yards.

9:33 p.m.: Brady finds Godwin for a gain of five, but the receiver comes off limping after the play. He tore his ACL late in the 2021 season. Brady then connects with Fournette for one and Brate for seven to move up to Tampa Bay’s 23.

9:31 p.m.: Brady is going to have a long way to work as the punt by Anger goes 53 yards and pins the Buccaneers back at the Tampa Bay 10-yard line.

9:28 p.m.: Shaq Barrett drills Prescott as he’s releasing the throw, and Dallas is fortunate the floating ball isn’t picked off. After the two-minute warning, the Cowboys will punt the ball from their own 37.

9:27 p.m.: Back-to-back incompletions for Prescott. He again tries to force a pass into double coverage, this time to Lamb.

9:26 p.m.: Great read by Prescott on a speed option as he elects not to flip it to Turpin and keep it himself, rushing for a gain of 12 and a Cowboys’ first down.

9:25 p.m.: Tyler Smith picks up the first false start penalty of his career.

9:25 p.m.: Turpin notches his best kick return of the day, bringing this kick out to the 24 for a return of 21 yards.

9:22 p.m. Buccaneers scoring play: This time, Succop’s try from 29 yards out is good with 3:27 left in the half. Buccaneers extend lead to 9-3.

9:21 p.m.: Fournette can’t pick up the first down, and Parsons makes the Buccaneers pay as he gets to Brady on the 3rd-and-3 try for his second straight red-zone sack. Buccaneers will have to try for another field goal.

9:19 p.m.: The Buccaneers are back in the red zone as Jones, on his second jet sweep, takes it 12 yards down the right sideline to the Dallas 11.

9:18 p.m.: First turnover of the game as Winfield picks off Prescott, who was trying to hit Brown. He threw that into double coverage, and Winfield takes it from the Dallas 38 15 yards down to the 23. Great field position for Tampa Bay.

9:16 p.m.: Prescott rolls out to his right on a play-action and hits Lamb for a gain of 20 yards, but Lamb is called for pass interference after he shoved Antoine Winfield. Cowboys now face a 1st-and-20 from their own 16.

9:15 p.m.: It hasn’t been an ideal Week 1 for kickers, and that extends now to Succop, who misses a 36-yard try that would have pushed Tampa Bay’s lead up to six.

9:11 p.m.: 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons making his presence felt, blowing up left tackle Donovan Smith for a sack of Brady to force Tampa Bay to settle for a field goal. Smith was injured on the play.

9:10 p.m.: Rachaad White rushes for a loss of one, but Brady finds Godwin for a gain of six on the next play to move the Buccaneers up to the 14, now facing a 3rd-and-5.

9:09 p.m.: Fournette rushed for a loss of one, but more than redeemed the run for a loss, catching a pass down the left sideline for nine and then rushing 10 yards down that way again to move out to the Cowboys’ 13.

9:07 pm..: Following a run of three by Fournette, Brady finds Jones for a gain of 13 up to the Cowboys’ 31.

9:05 p.m.: Jones picks up the first down with a jet sweep toward the right side for a gain of five yards.

9:05 p.m.: Fournette starts the drive with gains of six and two to bring up a 3rd-and-2 for the Buccaneers.

9:03 p.m.: Lamb can’t make the contested catch on a slant route that would have given Dallas a first down. Instead, Anger punts it again. Darden returns the ball nine yards from the Buccaneers’ 30 out to the 39.

First Quarter

8:59 p.m.: First quarter comes to a close after Pollard rushes for a yard and Schultz catches a pass for five. When the game returns, Cowboys will be facing a 3rd-and-4 from their own 16.

8:58 p.m.: Improved return from KaVontae Turpin out to the Dallas 20 from his first return, but a holding penalty brings him back 10 yards. So far, Cowboys have an average starting field position of the 12-yard line.

8:55 p.m. Buccaneers scoring play: Kickers have accounted for all the offense so far. Succop’s field goal is good as Tampa Bay takes its first lead of the night with 1:06 left. Buccaneers take a 6-3 lead.

8:54 p.m.: Brady misses two passes to Evans and Jones, with a rush of five by Fournette sandwiched in between, and Succop will come out to kick from 38 yards out.

8:52 p.m.: Mason opens up a hole for Fournette, who hits it for a gain of 17 up to the Dallas 25.

8:51 p.m.: A gain of 19 on another laser from Brady out to Evans along the left sideline. He then finds Julio Jones for a gain of eight. That was his shortest completion of the day, as he’s now 4-for-4 with 71 yards.

8:48 p.m.: Bryan Anger with a solid punt of 51 out to the Buccaneers’ 22, but Jaelon Darden weaves his way down the left side for a return of nine.

8:46 p.m.: Nearly an interception as Prescott’s pass out to Lamb is tipped by Lavonte David, and Jamel Dean can’t make the diving snag. Next throw is also incomplete out to Schultz. Dallas will have to punt.

8:45 p.m.: Elliott is off to a hot start tonight. He rushes for seven yards, and leads the game with five carries for 27 yards. False start by Dallas backs the Cowboys up five yards after the play, however.

8:44 p.m.: This time, Dallas starts its drive at its own 25. 5:05 left in the first quarter.

8:41 p.m. Buccaneers scoring play: Succop drills the 44-yard try to even the game. Buccaneers tie the game at 7-7.

8:40 p.m.: Demarcus Lawrence bursts through the line past Shaq Mason and stops Fournette behind the line for a loss of a yard. Ryan Succop on for the field goal try.

8:39 p.m.: Fournette takes a carry seven yards ahead, but is stopped for only two on his next rush. First third down of the game for Tampa Bay at the Dallas 25.

8:38 p.m.: Following a run by Leonard Fournette of two yards, Brady fires a bullet to Mike Evans 20 yards downfield. No rust for him either after missing some time in the preseason.

8:37 p.m.: Chris Godwin was questionable to play this game, but he looks more than healthy. He catches a wide receiver screen and takes it 24 yards up field out to the Tampa Bay 44.

8:36 p.m.: Tampa Bay’s drive will now start five more yards back after a false start is called on Cameron Brate.

8:35 p.m.: The Buccaneers will begin at the 25 after a touchback.

8:32 p.m. Cowboys scoring play: Brett Maher makes the long field goal to put Dallas on the board with 9:06 remaining in the half. Cowboys take a 3-0 lead.

8:31 p.m.: Pollard was tackled for a loss of a yard, and Lamb hits Schultz trying to make a catch on a wide receiver screen. Then Prescott misses Schultz downfield, and the Cowboys will have to try a 51-yard field goal.

8:30 p.m.: Prescott hits Noah brown for a 9-yard gain to pick up the first and keep the drive alive out to Tampa’s 31.

8:29 p.m.: Cowboys face a third down after an incompletion and short rush of two yards for Elliott. 3rd-and-8 for Dallas at the Tampa Bay 40.

8:27 p.m.: Elliott picks up the first down with a rush of four up the middle, but left guard Connor McGovern was injured on the play.

8:26 p.m.: Cowboys try to flip the ball to Tony Pollard, but he is caught eight yards behind the line for a big loss. Prescott picks most of that back up, however, with passes to Dennis Houston for 11 and a pass to CeeDee Lamb for 16. Elliott then carries for 6 up to the Buccaneers’ 47 with 12:35 on the clock.

8:24 p.m.: Prescott starts the drive with an 8-yard pass out to Dalton Schultz, and Ezekiel Elliott follows that with a rush for 7 up to the Cowboys’ 28.

8:23 p.m.: Not an ideal start for the Cowboys as the kick return spots them only out to the Dallas 14.

8:13 p.m.: Carrie Underwood kicks off the “Sunday Night Football” program with her staple song ahead of the Buccaneers vs. Cowboys clash.

8:04 p.m.: Think Tom Brady’s ready for his first game since retiring and un-retiring?

8 p.m.: Dak Prescott is taking his role as leader of the Cowboys quite literally with his cleats.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 11
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET | 7:20 p.m. CT

The Cowboys and Buccaneers will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, 7:20 p.m. local time. The game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

What channel is Cowboys vs. Buccaneers on today?

  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live stream: NBC Sports app | Peacock | fuboTV | DAZN (Canada)

This will be the first “Sunday Night Football” game of the year that is being played on Sunday. Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst) and Melissa Stark (sideline reporter) will be on the call again after announcing the “Sunday Night Football” matchup on Thursday to open the season, Bills vs. Rams.

Streamers will be able to watch the game via or Peacock, or by using fuboTV, which comes with a free trial.

Viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN with a subscription.

Below are the top TV markets in the United States and the NBC affiliate/TV channel for each.

MarketNBC TV channel (digital)
New York4 (36)
Los Angeles4 (36)
Chicago5 (29)
Philadelphia10 (34)
Dallas-Fort Worth5 (24)
San Francisco/Bay Area11 (12)
Washington, D.C.4 (48)
Houston2 (35)
Boston15 (43)
Atlanta11 (10)
Phoenix12 (12)
Tampa/St. Petersburg8 (7)
Seattle5 (48)
Detroit4 (45)
Minneapolis-St. Paul11 (11)
Miami6 (31)
Denver9 (9)
Orlando2 (11)
Cleveland3 (17)
Sacramento3 (35)
Charlotte36 (22)
Portland8 (8)
St. Louis5 (35)
Pittsburgh11 (23)
Baltimore11 (11)
Raleigh-Durham5 (48)
Nashville4 (10)
San Diego39 (40)
Salt Lake City5 (38)
San Antonio3 (16)
Kansas City41 (36)
Columbus4 (14)
Milwaukee4 (28)
Cincinnati5 (35)
Las Vegas3 (22)
Jacksonville12 (13)
Oklahoma City4 (27)
New Orleans6 (43)
Memphis5 (5)
Buffalo2 (33)