Prescott had the best playoff performance of his career with the win. He threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another while passing for 305 yards.
Meanwhile, Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense struggled to get going all night. They stalled until the final play of the third quarter, when Brady completed just 35 of 66 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns and threw a costly interception in the end zone in the first half.
The Cowboys would advance to take it San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round (Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX).
Here are the best plays!
Big boy sack
Vida Way A third down brought the Thunder, sacking Prescott to force a Cowboys three-and-out for the second straight drive to open the game.
Cowboys score first
After both teams went three-and-out on each of their first two possessions, Dallas finally moved the ball on its third drive. Some plays Michael Gallup And Tony PollardWith a liability penalty, Prescott sets up a 22-yard TD pass Dalton Schultz.
The ensuing PAT went right, however, keeping Dallas’ lead at 6-0 at first.
Rachel White The Bucs finally made several jump cuts to help get a first down on their third drive.
Minutes after airing a graphic indicating that Brady had not thrown an interception in the red zone since joining the Buccaneers in 2020, he threw an interception. Brady made a choice Jayron Kears It looked like he was trying to throw the ball out of bounds in the end zone.
On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Prescott had the ball faked and ran a bootleg into the end zone for the score.
however, Brett Maher With six minutes left in the second quarter, he missed the PAT again to put the Cowboys up 12-0.
Dak puts it on third down
Needing six yards to gain a first down, Prescott scrambled for 10 yards to get the Cowboys’ late first-half drive moving.
Dak to Dalton for Dallas’ 3rd TD
The Cowboys were in control throughout the first half, with Prescott finding Schultz again in the end zone for an 11-yard score.
The only thing they don’t control is their kicking game. Maher missed the third PAT, keeping the Cowboys’ lead at 18-0 before halftime.
Gallop-ing for the score
The Cowboys scored again, marking four straight drives by a touchdown when they scored on the first possession of the second half. Prescott found Gallup in the back of the end zone for his third touchdown pass. Gallup appeared to be close to being out of bounds during his reception, but replay confirmed his catch.
However, Maher missed his fourth PAT of the night, keeping it a three-score game at 24-0 with roughly 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Bucks finally score
Brady found out what could be the final game in the NFL for both players Julius Jones A touchdown on the sideline of the end zone finally got the Buccaneers on the board. Tampa couldn’t convert a two-point conversion to make it a 3-score game late in the third quarter, up 24-6.
Dallas goes on fourth down … and scores
With Maher struggling to make his PATs, the Cowboys picked it up on fourth-and-4 from the Buccaneers’ 18-yard line. The decision paid off, as Prescott discovered CeeDee Lamb The score is wide open.
Oh, and Maher made the PAT this time to make it a 31-6 game.
Bucks score late
Bucks get an onside gig
It was too little, too late for Tampa, who recovered an onside kick at the two-minute warning. It is the fourth time this season that a team has recovered an onside kick. Evans dropped a TD pass on the following play.
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