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Victory for Dallas (11-4) keeps them currently as the No 2 seed in the NFC, while Washington (6-9) are now on the brink of elimination from playoff contention after a third-straight defeat and a second to their divisional rivals in the space of 15 days

Last Updated: 27/12/21 6:41am

Dak Prescott celebrates a huge win for the Dallas Cowboys over their NFC East divisional rivals

Dak Prescott celebrates a huge win for the Dallas Cowboys over their NFC East divisional rivals

Dak Prescott threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns as the Dallas Cowboys put up a massive 56 points on the Washington Football team in a 56-14 victory on Sunday Night Football.

Story of the Game

As well as Prescott’s efforts, Ezekiel Elliott accounted for two TDs – one rushing, one receiving on a run – and DeMarcus Lawrence tipped and picked a Taylor Heinicke pass and returned it 40 yards for a second-quarter score as Dallas racked up 48 points in the first half alone.

The win for Dallas (11-4) keeps them currently as the No 2 seed in the NFC, while Washington (6-9) are now on the brink of elimination from playoff contention after a third-straight defeat and a second to their divisional rivals in the space of 15 days.

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After clinching the division title earlier in the day, there was no let-up in the Cowboys as they scored touchdowns on five-straight possessions in the first half. Those scores, combined with Lawrence’s pick-six gave Dallas a 42-7 lead at the break, tying a team record for the most points scored in a half.

In the third quarter, the Cowboys increased their lead as Corey Clement blocked a punt and Chauncey Golston gathered the ball in the endzone. Then, in the fourth, backup quarterback Cooper Rush added a 9-yard TD pass to Malik Turner as Prescott rested on the sideline.

The Cowboys finished with 497 yards – 389 of those coming in the first half – and that off the back of their defense surrendering 519 yards in a 27-17 loss in Philadelphia to the Eagles. The frustration boiled over on their sideline as Pro Bowl tackle threw a punch at fellow lineman Daron Payne.

Stats Leaders

Washington

  • Passing: Taylor Heinicke, 7/22, 121 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
  • Rushing: Jaret Patterson, nine carries, 33 yards
  • Antonio Gibson, six carries, 29 yards
  • Receiving: Dyami Brown, two catches, 53 yards

Cowboys

  • Passing: Dak Prescott, 28/39, 330 yards, 4 TDs
  • Rushing: Ezekiel Elliott, nine carries, 37 yards, 1 TD
  • Receiving: Amari Cooper, seven catches, 85 yards, 1 TD

Scoring Summary

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER
Washington 0-7 Cowboys Dak Prescott five-yard TD pass to Ezekiel Elliott (extra point)
Washington 0-14 Cowboys Dak Prescott nine-yard TD pass to Dalton Schultz (extra point)
Washington 0-21 Cowboys DeMarcus Lawrence 40-yard interception return for a TD (extra point)
SECOND QUARTER
Washington 7-21 Cowboys Taylor Heinicke eight-yard TD pass to Antonio Gibson (extra point)
Washington 7-28 Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott 11-yard TD run (extra point)
Washington 7-35 Cowboys Dak Prescott one-yard TD pass to Terence Steele (extra point)
Washington 7-42 Cowboys Dak Prescott 13-yard TD pass to Amari Cooper (extra point)
THIRD QUARTER
Washington 7-49 Cowboys Blocked punt recovery by Chauncey Golston for a TD (extra point)
FOURTH QUARTER
Washington 7-56 Cowboys Cooper Rush nine-yard TD pass to Malik Turner (extra point)
Washington 14-56 Cowboys John Bates fumbled recovery in the endzone for a TD (extra point)

What’s Next?

The Cowboys (11-4) are next in action at home against the out-of-form Arizona Cardinals (10-5), who have lost their last three-straight games.

As for Washington (6-9), their season is on the line when they travel to Philadelphia to face another NFC East opponent in the Eagles (8-7), who currently occupy the seventh and final last Wild Card spot in the conference.

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