FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The wind-driven rain fell sideways Sunday at Gillette Stadium as a gray afternoon gave way to a wet and chilly evening. And the refrain remained very much the same for the New England Patriots on the soggy day as their superb defense led the way to another victory while quarterback Tom Brady and the offense had their issues.

The Patriots beat the Dallas Cowboys, 13-9, to improve to 10-1. The triumph ensured that the Patriots, as they chase a seventh Super Bowl title with Brady as their quarterback and Bill Belichick as their coach, will remain ahead of the Baltimore Ravens this week in the race for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

The outcome also left Cowboys owner Jerry Jones venting his displeasure in the visiting locker room after his team’s record dropped to 6-5.

“This is very frustrating, and it’s frustrating to me to just be reminded that some of the fundamentals of football and coaching were what beat us out there today,” Jones said.

The Patriots’ issues were, by comparison, first-world NFL problems. Their inconsistency on offense remains worrisome, and there is probably no help on the way with tight end Rob Gronkowski expected to stay in retirement and the Patriots unlikely to re-sign free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Brady threw for only 190 yards on 17-for-37 passing Sunday. He was forced to rely on rookie wide receivers N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers, with veterans Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett inactive. Harry had his first NFL touchdown catch, and Meyers contributed four catches for 74 yards. But there also were mistakes. It didn’t help that kicker Nick Folk missed two of his four field goal attempts.

“I think every team develops at different times and so forth,” Brady said. “I think we just take the challenges as they come and try to do the best we can. It was a great win. They’re a good football team. I’m happy we came away with more points than them.”

The Patriots scored 10 points off a blocked punt by special teams ace Matthew Slater and an interception by cornerback Stephon Gilmore of a pass by Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. They moved a total of 15 yards on those two scoring drives. The conditions certainly were a factor. But they have leaned heavily all season on the league’s top-ranked defense. That’s nothing new.

“I was really proud of the way guys stood up and came through,” Belichick said. “We were missing a few players. We had a couple guys that were playing that were well less than 100 percent. But they really sucked it up and played hard for the team and gave us a great effort tonight.”

Belichick’s defense won the showdown with the Cowboys’ top-ranked offense. Prescott threw the interception to Gilmore and was limited to 212 passing yards. Tailback Ezekiel Elliott ran for 86 yards, but the Cowboys scored on only three field goals by kicker Brett Maher. The third of those came with just more than six minutes remaining after Coach Jason Garrett opted against a fourth-and-seven try from the New England 11-yard line.

The Cowboys also had a fourth-down diving catch by wideout Amari Cooper for a first down with less than two minutes left nullified by an instant replay review that ruled the ball hit the turf. Cooper, blanketed by Gilmore all day, was held without a catch. The Cowboys remained a game ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East. That didn’t pacify Jones.

“I don’t think there’s a game that a coaching staff has … that it couldn’t do better in,” he said. “I just don’t like it that we’ve got so many as I’m standing here tonight.”

Jones said that, to him, special teams play “is 100 percent coaching.” He said he didn’t “want to get into anything about coaching relative to changes.” But he didn’t hide his exasperation.

“I’m frustrated,” Jones said. “This was an important game for us to win. We all saw why we didn’t win. That’s very frustrating. We had a lot of things we had to show up for. The quality of our opponent was tops. But they were certainly a team that we can beat. They should be beatable. And I’m disappointed we didn’t get it done. And it was pretty glaring as to why we couldn’t get it done.”

Game highlights can be found below.