In late October, a lot of Dallas Cowboys fans and media alike were wondering how long head coach Jason Garrett would survive as the man in charge. Fast forward to January and the Cowboys are one victory from the NFC championship game. It is incredible how things change that quickly in sports.
According to a star-telegram.com report, the trio of quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and wideout Amari Cooper came through when they were needed most on Saturday night as the Cowboys defeated the Seattle Seahawks in round one of the NFC playoffs 24-22.
The Seahawks came into this matchup with the 30th worst defense against the run, and the Cowboys knew if they could establish a solid ground game they had a great shot at winning.
They did just that.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 137 yards and scored a touchdown for the Cowboys in the fourth quarter to help Dallas earn the win. Elliott averaged over five yards per carry, while quarterback Dak Prescott rushed the ball six times for 29 yards and one dramatic 16-yard scramble that sent him flipping in the air towards the goal line.
On a 3rd and 14 from the 17-yard line, Prescott took off making a dash towards the goal line. As Prescott approached the first down marker, he was struck in the legs by Seattle free safety Tedric Thompson – a hit that sent Prescott spiraling through the air.
When Prescott hit the turf, fans collectively held their breath. Incredibly not only was Prescott fine, but he carried the next play over the goal line himself as he scored the eventual game-winning touchdown.
The playoff victory for Dallas was the first for the duo of Elliott and Prescott.
For the Seahawks, the offense was nonexistent. Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson finished the game 18 of 27 for 233 yards, however, the lack of being able to run the ball did Seattle in.
The Seahawks could only muster up 73 yards on the ground against a tough Dallas defense. Seattle averaged 160 yards per contest during the regular season.
Now the question is will the Cowboys travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams or New Orleans to square off against the Saints? That answer will be known late Sunday evening.