The wild-card spherical of the NFL playoffs ended Monday with Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys dominating Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, successful 31-14.
Prescott had the most effective playoff efficiency of his profession to earn the win. He threw for 4 touchdowns and rushed for one more whereas passing from 305 yards.
Meanwhile, Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense struggled to get going all evening lengthy. They have been shut out till the ultimate play of the third quarter, with Brady finishing simply 35 of 66 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns and throwing a pricey interception in the long run zone within the first half.
The Cowboys will advance to tackle the San Francisco 49ers within the divisional spherical (Sunday, 6:30 pm ET on FOX).
Here have been the highest performs!
Dallas Cowboys 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
Big boy sack
Vita Vea introduced the thunder on third down, sacking Prescott to pressure a Cowboys three-and-out for the second straight drive to open up the sport.
Cowboys rating first
After each groups went three-and-out in every of their first two possessions, Dallas lastly obtained the ball shifting in its third drive. Some performs by Michael Gallup and Tony Pollard, together with a roughing the passer penalty, arrange a Prescott 22-yard TD move to Dalton Schultz.
The ensuing PAT went broad proper, although, holding Dallas’ lead at 6-0 within the first.
Rachaad White made quite a few soar cuts to assist the Bucs lastly choose up a primary down on their third drive.
The 45-year-old QB made a play harking back to the Kansas City Chiefs star, connecting with Chris Godwin on a working shovel move to achieve 11 yards.
Moments after the published confirmed a graphic mentioning that Brady hadn’t thrown an interception within the crimson zone since becoming a member of the Buccaneers in 2020, he threw an interception. Brady lobbed a choose to Jayron Kearse in the long run zone as he regarded like he was attempting to throw the ball out of bounds.
On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Prescott stored the ball himself on the pretend handoff and ran a bootleg into the tip zone for the rating.
However, Brett Maher missed the PAT once more, holding the Cowboys’ lead at 12-0 with simply over six minutes left within the second quarter.
Dak lays all of it out on third down
Needing six yards to get the primary, Prescott scrambled and laid out to get 10 yards to maintain the Cowboys’ late first-half drive shifting.
Dak to Dalton for Dallas’ third TD
The Cowboys have been in management for the whole thing of the primary half, with Prescott discovering Schultz once more in the long run zone for an 11-yard rating.
The solely factor they weren’t answerable for although was their kicking sport. Maher missed a 3rd PAT, holding the Cowboys’ lead at 18-0 proper earlier than halftime.
Gallup-ing to the rating
The Cowboys scored once more, marking 4 straight drives with a landing as they scored on their first possession of the second half. Prescott discovered Gallup behind the tip zone for his third landing move of the sport. Gallup appeared to be shut to stepping out of bounds on his reception, however the replay assessment upheld his catch.
However, Maher missed his fourth PAT of the evening, holding it a three-score sport at 24-0 with roughly 10 minutes left within the third quarter.
Bucs lastly rating
In what could be the ultimate sport within the NFL for each gamers, Brady discovered Julio Jones alongside the aspect of the tip zone for a landing to lastly get the Buccaneers on the board. Tampa wasn’t ready to convert on the two-point conversion, holding it a three-score sport at 24-6 on the finish of the third quarter.
Dallas goes for it on fourth down… and scores
With Maher struggling to make his PATs, the Cowboys opted to go for it on fourth-and-4 from the Buccaneers’ 18-yard line. The resolution paid off after which some, as Prescott discovered CeeDee Lamb broad open for the rating.
Oh, and Maher made the PAT this time to make it a 31-6 sport.
Bucs get a late rating
Looking to maintain it respectable, Brady discovered Cam Brate for a toe-tapping landing proper earlier than the two-minute warning. He additionally linked with Mike Evans for the two-point conversion that made it 31-14.
Bucs get the onside kick
It was too little, too late for Tampa, which recovered the onside kick proper on the two-minute warning. It’s simply the fourth time this season a staff’s recovered the onside kick. Evans dropped a would-be TD move on the next play and the Bucs turned the ball over on downs earlier than the Cowboys killed the clock.
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