The Dallas defense dominated Brady and the Buccaneers in a one-sided loss
Dak Prescott made a forward dive to collect first down
The Dallas Cowboys cruised into the Divisional round after mauling the Tampa Bay Buccaneers en route to a 31-14 loss in Monday’s Wild Card game.
In an entirely one-sided beatdown, the Cowboys faced almost no trouble, leaping ahead by three scores in the first half before sliding to the finish line.
It was the best playoff performance of quarterback Dak Prescott’s career, finding Dalton Schultz for touuuchdowns in the first and second quarters, and Prescott also threw down touchdowns to open up an 18–0 lead at the long break.
The only problem for the Cowboys was their kicking performance, as Brett Maher became the first player since 1976 to drop three extra points in the first half, and he missed another to start the third period, marking five straight errors going into Week 18.
But Dallas didn’t need the extra point, and sent Maher out once again after Prescott’s fourth touchdown pass of the game, when he finally converted.
Prescott ultimately completed 25 of his 33 passes for 305 yards, four touchdowns and no turnovers, adding a fifth touchdown with his foot as he tallied seven carries for 24 yards.
Tom Brady, who broke the NFL‘s attempted and completed records this season, was again asked to throw and he completed 35 of 66 passes for 351 yards, two late touchdowns and one interception in the final game of his legendary career. .
The Cowboys will travel to face the San Francisco 49ers next for a chance to make the NFC Championship game.