Cowboys Outlast the Seahawks in a Hard-Fought Wild-Card Playoff
ARLINGTON, Tex. — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott noticed a gap up the center, then 3 defenders between him and the first down.
He discovered a option to get there, and to get his first playoff victory two years after his sensational rookie season ended in postseason sadness.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 137 yards and the go-ahead landing in the fourth quarter, Prescott scored on a sneak after his dazzling head-over-heels run, and the Cowboys held on for a 24-22 wild-card win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night time.
The win was once the first for Elliott and Prescott after shedding a divisional sport to Green Bay as rookie stars two years in the past. Dallas will play both the New Orleans Saints or the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional spherical subsequent weekend.
The loss ended a run of 9 directly victories in playoff openers for the Seahawks. The Elias Sports Bureau says it was once the longest such streak in N.F.L. historical past.
Leading via 17-14, Prescott confronted third-and-14 from the Seattle 17 with the two-minute caution drawing near. He took off up the center on a draw, barged thru a trio of defenders six yards in need of the first down and went down at the 1 when he was once flipped headfirst via protection Tedric Thompson.
Prescott scored on the subsequent play.
“He’s just a rare guy,” Dallas Coach Jason Garrett stated. “His leadership, his toughness, just his way, his spirit. It’s like none other. Somehow, some way, he’s going to figure this thing out for us.”
The Dallas protection, ranked in the most sensible 10 maximum of the season, stifled the N.F.L.’s No. 1 dashing offense and in large part stored quarterback Russell Wilson below regulate whilst handing him his first loss in 4 wild-card video games.
“Our defense was great,” Prescott stated. “They keep us in every game.”
It was once the 8th win in 9 video games for the Cowboys.
Prescott threw for 226 yards on 22-of-33 passing. His sneak with 2 mins eight seconds left looked to be a clinching ranking, giving Dallas a 24-14 lead at the finish of a force that burned greater than 5 mins.
But a 53-yard catch via Tyler Lockett arrange a fast Seattle landing — Wilson’s 7-yard scoring go to J.D. McKissic. Chris Carson rushed for the 2-point conversion, the Seahawks’ 2nd of the sport, making the ranking 24-22. The Seahawks’ choices have been restricted as a result of they have been lacking kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who were given harm on a broad 57-yard field-goal strive at the finish of the first part.
With simply 1:18 to head in the sport and no timeouts left, Seattle needed to strive an onside kick. Punter Michael Dickson’s drop kick was once stuck via Cole Beasley at the Dallas 31, sealing the first playoff win for the Cowboys since they beat Detroit in the wild-card spherical in the 2014 season.
Seattle took a 14-10 lead past due in the 1/3 quarter after Wilson ran for four yards for a landing and Mike Davis delivered a 2-point conversion run. Then Prescott led a 67-yard force to place the Cowboys again in entrance for excellent, 17-14.
A 34-yard go to Amari Cooper, who had seven catches for 106 yards, ended in Elliott’s 1-yard plunge after an obvious landing via the quarterback was once overturned on replay.
On the subsequent Dallas ownership, Prescott had a probability to present the Cowboys a 10-point lead, however Okay.J. Wright made a juggling interception in the finish zone.
The Dallas protection got here thru once more, even though, forcing a punt. On the Dallas force, Elliott, the N.F.L. dashing chief, stiff-armed Shaquill Griffin on a 17-yard run to get inside of the 20 and assist arrange Prescott’s giant draw play.
The Seahawks took their first lead of the sport in phase as a result of that they had misplaced the 40-year-old Janikowski.
Facing fourth-and-Five (in Janikowski’s vary) from the Dallas 39, Doug Baldwin made a toe-dragging catch on the sideline for 22 yards. That helped arrange Wilson’s landing run.
But the Cowboys by no means did lose regulate of the Seattle working sport after permitting Chris Carson’s first profession 100-yard sport in a Week three loss to the Seahawks.
Carson had simply 20 yards on 13 carries. Wilson was once 18 of 27 for 233 yards, with Lockett getting 4 catches for 120 yards. The Seahawks had 73 yards dashing after averaging 160 all over the season. Dallas went into the sport with the No. Five dashing protection.
Cowboys receiver Allen Hurns perceived to endure a critical decrease left leg damage in the first quarter. Hurns was once being dragged down via Seahawks protection Bradley McDougald at the finish of a 14-yard catch for a first down when his decrease left leg perceived to buckle. The damage was once introduced as an ankle damage.