Cowboys 31, Buccaneers 14: The Dak Prescott Game

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Cowboys 31, Buccaneers 14: The Dak Prescott Game

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Dak Prescott was the untrustable quarterback all week. No big game moments, an ugly loss to the Commanders in Week 18. Everyone picked Tom Brady and the Buccaneers to beat the Cowboys and end their season.

Prescott had an answer for everyone tonight. Dak Prescott was simply outstanding in a rout of the Buccaneers in their building. Prescott completed 25 of 33 passes for 305 yards, four touchdowns and added 25 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Brady and the Bucs never had an answer for the Cowboys tonight. The Tampa Bay offense was simply putrid. Brady had an all-time lousy performance by his standards. The Hall of Fame quarterback posted a 72.2 passer rating.

As expected, the Buccaneers rushing attack was laughably bad. Rachaad White (41) and Leonard Fournette (11) combined for 52 yards. Tampa’s inept run game forced Brady to the air 66 times on the night.

The only downside of the night for the Cowboys was the wildly bad and record-setting night for Brett Maher. Maher missed FOUR extra points and even got trolled by the dictionary.

Key Moments

1. Brady End Zone Interception

After a string of three-and-outs for both teams the Dallas offense finally got cooking. Dak Prescott hit tight end Dalton Schultz for a 22-yard touchdown. The Cowboys were up six (after a Brett Maher missed PAT), and Brady was putting together an answer drive for the Bucs.

14 plays, 70 yards, and an end zone interception that sucked the air out of Raymond James Stadium. The Cowboys capitalized, marching down the field for a touchdown. Dak Prescott capped the 15-play drive with covered 90 yards and 8:38 with a fourth down scramble for a touchdown.

Prescott’s touchdown put the Cowboys up two scores late in the first half and firmly placed the momentum on their side.

2. Dak Keeps His Foot on the Gas

Dak Prescott was doing his thing in the first half. Already up two scores, Prescott drove the Cowboys down the field and capped another scoring drive with his third touchdown. Prescott’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz was his second passing touchdown of the night.

Prescott needed just 3:05 to take the Cowboys 96 yards in 11 plays to make it a three-score game with 34 seconds to play in the half.

3. The Nail in the Coffin

After Tom Brady got the Buccaneers on the board for the first time with a touchdown, Dak Prescott again had an answer. Brady’s 10-play 95-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Julio Jones was quickly followed by another touchdown drive by Prescott and the Cowboys.

Prescott’s 18-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb, his fourth of the night was the nail in the coffin for the Buccaneers season.

Adios, Tom.



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.