ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott knew what was on the road Saturday.
He stated so through the lead-up to the Dallas Cowboys’ wild-card matchup in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks.
“Once you say success of quarterback or a quarterback’s success relying on what they do within the playoffs, I feel that is the place the checks get written they usually get their cash, to be sincere,” Prescott stated.
Within the second playoff sport of his profession, Prescott did what he might to will the Cowboys to victory. That included operating by way of three tacklers and flipping by way of the air on a 3rd-and-14 fourth-quarter run.
A play later, Prescott scored the landing that clinched the Cowboys’ 24-22 win in opposition to Seattle.
“It offers us an opportunity to hold going. Actually, so simple as that,” Prescott stated. “Me and this entire staff, we would like to win all of it. You’ll be able to’t do this with out taking care of the primary one. We had been ready to do this one tonight. Quite a bit of pleasure, however my objective is greater than only one playoff win.”
It wasn’t simply Prescott who had so much on the road. So did Jason Garrett, who had just one playoff win as head coach of the Cowboys. So did proprietor and common supervisor Jerry Jones, who gave up a 2019 first-spherical decide to the Oakland Raiders for huge receiver Amari Cooper seven video games into the season. So did operating again Ezekiel Elliott. So did a protection that confirmed indicators of cracking within the closing three common-season video games.
Prescott completed with 226 yards on 22-of-33 passing with a landing toss as well as to his landing run. Elliott, who didn’t play within the common-season finale in opposition to the New York Giants to relaxation up for the playoffs, had 26 carries for 137 yards and a rating. Cooper, who had solely 13 catches for 83 yards within the three video games main into the playoffs, caught seven passes for 106 yards.
Saturday’s victory ought to put to relaxation any ideas Garrett wouldn’t return for the ultimate 12 months of his contract. And Jones moved a step nearer to what he has yearned for: a fourth Tremendous Bowl.
“This win in opposition to a really credible Seattle staff will make folks assume extra extremely of Jason,” Jones stated. “Go searching in any respect the groups looking for purple October and making an attempt to discover themselves a coach proper now. We have got one which has so much of expertise on our dime during the last a number of years. I would like to use it.”
Now the Cowboys could have to see if they’ll clear the hurdle of the divisional spherical. They haven’t performed in a convention championship sport since 1995, on their method to successful Tremendous Bowl XXX. The 1996, 2007, 2009, 2014 and 2016 seasons all ended within the second spherical of the playoffs.
The 2007 and 2016 Cowboys had dwelling-area benefit all through the postseason and misplaced their first playoff video games. The 2014 Cowboys felt as if that they had their season stolen from them at Lambeau Discipline after Dez Bryant’s fourth-down catch on the Inexperienced Bay Packers’ objective line was overturned by replay.
The Cowboys will subsequent hit the street, both for a rematch with the highest-seeded New Orleans Saints, whom they beat 13-10 in Week 13 of the common season, or to face the Los Angeles Rams.
Beating the Seahawks, nonetheless, required nearly every little thing that they had.
It was removed from a creative pleasure. The Cowboys have struggled in opposition to the Seahawks in recent times, scoring just one landing in 33 possessions in opposition to Seattle in common-season losses in 2015, 2017 and this previous September.
The Cowboys scored three touchdowns Saturday, and the timing of the primary two couldn’t have been higher, answering Seattle scores each occasions.
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After Seattle took a 6-three lead with 1 minute, 43 seconds left within the first half, Prescott directed the Cowboys on a seven-play, 75-yard drive that was highlighted by a 41-yard run by Elliott and capped by an 11-yard fade to rookie receiver Michael Gallup.
The Seahawks took a 14-10 lead on a Russell Wilson zone-learn landing and a Mike Davis two-level conversion with 1:59 to play within the third quarter. However then Prescott led the Cowboys down the sector on a 9-play drive that was highlighted by a 34-yard completion to Cooper.
Prescott’s 10-yard landing run was overturned appropriately by replay, however Elliott bulled his method into the top zone for the go-forward rating two performs later.
The Cowboys’ clinching drive confirmed the combat that Garrett talks about on a regular basis. It went 11 performs, lined 63 yards and lasted 5:12. It featured an Elliott stiff-arm of Shaquill Griffin on a primary-down run, and Prescott’s head-over-heels, 16-yard run on third-and-14.
“That was huge and a lot of the bodily toughness that we attempt to instill in our soccer staff goes to present up on the finish of the ballgame,” Garrett stated. “That is how you are going to win the fourth quarter, by carrying them out within the first three quarters. That is soccer staff. They had been bodily, too. We scratched, clawed and battled for each inch on each side of the ball and in the end I do assume we wore them down. We had been ready to management it proper on the finish of the ballgame and do what we would have liked to do.”
Oh, the protection made it attention-grabbing by giving up a 50-second landing drive and two-level conversion on Seattle’s ensuing possession, however when Cole Beasley secured the onside kick try, the aid inside AT&T Stadium was palpable.
Subsequent up is one other legacy-defining sport for Prescott, Elliott, Garrett, Cooper, Jones and that protection.