Dak Prescott and the offense hit on all cylinders. Prescott put together one of the most impressive quarterback performances that you will see in the playoffs. On the other side, Micah Parsons and the defense got after Tom Brady for four quarters.
Now, the Cowboys have another difficult obstacle to keep the season alive. This time, it comes in the form of the San Francisco 49ers — a well-oiled machine with dangerous playmakers on both sides of the ball.
It’s a tall task for the Cowboys to win another road playoff game. Especially against the caliber of the 49ers in their home stadium. However, one significant development that took place in the win over the Buccaneers has raised the ceiling for the Dallas Cowboys.
Dak gives Cowboys another weapon
Dak Prescott was excellent throwing the football in the opening round of the NFL postseason. He completed over 75% percent of his passes for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. Arguably the best part was that he did not turn the ball over.
That development was key for the Cowboys. Prescott followed up the dud of a game in the regular season finale with maybe his best game of his career against Tom Brady’s team. However, the bigger takeaway was Prescott using his legs.
Prescott ran the ball seven times for 24 yards and one touchdown. The quarterback keeper on the goal line came on a fourth and goal, giving the Cowboys momentum that they never relinquished.
Furthermore, it was not just designed runs or scrambles that was nice to see. Rather, Prescott used his legs to extend plays where he threw the ball down the field. That really opened the offense up and forced the Buccaneers to account for him outside the pocket.
Prescott has appeared to be hesitant to use his legs since injuring his ankle in 2020. The game against the Buccaneers showcased that he is still capable of hurting defenses as a rusher. Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy encourages Prescott to do it more often.
“I’ve never told Dak not to run. If anything, I encourage (the) scramble drill more,” McCarthy said.
Dak Prescott using his legs and running the football gives the Dallas Cowboys an added dimension on offense. As a result, the team now has a Super Bowl ceiling that is realistic to reach this playoffs.
“I’ve had confidence all along,” Prescott said.
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