Dak Prescott has handled every situation thrown his way, and did so again on Sunday afternoon.
The Cowboys found themselves in an early 14-0 hole against the 49ers, and Prescott didn’t flinch once again in rallying the Cowboys to a 24-17 victory.
“He never blinked. All he does is keep checking boxes,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “I have seen him not check a box yet. He is impressive. He keeps growing.”
The most impressive may be how Prescott led two TD drives in the second quarter.
Prescott connected with Terrance Williams on a perfect 20-yard back-shoulder pass for a score with 3:04 left, and then took advantage of a short-field to close out the half.
With 1:50 left, Prescott led the Cowboys on a 58-yard drive, completing 8-of-10 passes for 56 yards and scoring on a 4-yard completion to Brice Butler.
How does Prescott keep his composure in those situations?
“I just like to play and play independently,” Prescott said. “I do my best to just focus on each and every play and allow the rest to just play out for itself. Other than the first half we were just stepping on our own toes, making mental errors and jumping offside or false starts, things like that.
“Once we got going, things worked out.”
Prescott finished the game 23-of-32 passing for 245 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He had a 114.7 passer rating.
Taking care of the ball has been a top priority with Prescott at quarterback, and he now holds the NFL record for most pass attempts without an interception by a rookie to start his career with 131.
Prescott knows he’s fortunate that 49ers safety Eric Reid didn’t have an interception on the game’s opening drive, as he and tight end Jason Witten weren’t on the same page for that particular route.
“That was just bad on my part with Witten running his route a little different than I thought and we weren’t on the same page. That’s on me,” Prescott said.
But the right adjustment was made and Prescott and Witten ended up connecting seven times for 47 yards during the game.
As Witten said, “It’s always evolving, you know? Coach [Scott] Linehan always talks about it never stays the same. You’re always trying to get better and finding different things. It’s good to work through those and overcome that.
“That was a route we were able to come back to later in the game and convert some big third downs for us. It was good we were able to take that in stride and adjust. He’s done that since the day he’s got here.”
It’s just another step forward for Prescott and the Cowboys. At this point, he isn’t surprised by his success.
And the rest of the league shouldn’t be either.
“I say it every time you ask me, but I’d like to be 4-0,” Prescott said. “We got a good road win, good team win today, so it’s big to keep going and move forward.”