Prescott outshines Brady, Cowboys dominate Buccaneers 31-14


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dak Prescott out-maneuvered Tom Brady with four touchdowns and a run-in to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 31-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Monday Night’s NFC playoff game .

Prescott completed 25 of 33 passes for 305 yards and played without losing the ball for the first time in eight games as the Cowboys (13-5) dominated the listless Bucks (8-10) in what could be Brady’s last game in uniform Tampa Bay.

Dallas beat Brady for the first time in the seven-time Super Bowl champion’s career to win a playoff win on the road for the first time in 30 years to earn a trip to San Francisco to face the 49ers in the NFC Divisional Round next Sunday.

The Cowboys have lost eight consecutive playoff games since winning the NFC Championship in San Francisco on January 17, 1993.

Brady, who signed with Tampa Bay in 2020 and led the Bucks to Super Bowl victory two years ago, will become a free agent this winter. He briefly retired last February before changing his mind and returning for Season 23 at the age of 45.

The only thing that went wrong for the Cowboys on Monday night was that kicker Brett Maher didn’t score his first four extra points, becoming the first player in NFL history not to miss that many points in a game. Maher finally converted his fifth try after coach Mike McCarthy decided not to send him to attempt a field goal from about the same distance as PAT.

Tampa Bay wide receiver Russell Gage was strapped to the backboard and taken off the field after suffering an injury late in the fourth quarter. Gage slipped and fell on the turf while running the route and was hit in the neck as he fell. He was unable to get to his feet and the stadium fell silent as the players knelt down and the medical staff attended to him.


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