Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: ‘We never wavered, never blinked’
If there is a single word to describe Dak Prescott it’s got to be resilient.
The Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in the first three quarters but regrouped to lead a 29-23 overtime win over the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium Sunday afternoon.
It’s the Cowboys (8-5) fifth consecutive win and it took every last play by Prescott to happen. The three turnovers (the fourth such game of his career) will be forgotten after he turned in a career-best day passing.
Prescott turned in career highs in completions, attempts and yards: 42 for 54 for 455 yards and three touchdowns.
It’s his first 400-yard passing game. He only did it twice at Mississippi State.
“It’s the commitment we made to each other going way back in to the off-season,” Prescott said. “and the commitment we continued to make throughout the season even when things were bad, when we were 3-5.”
Prescott’s first turnover was an interception at the goal line on an under-thrown pass for Amari Cooper. The second was even more costly as it set up the Eagles’ first touchdown after being returned to the Dallas 2. That made it 9-6 (after a missed PAT) in the third quarter. His fumble was recovered by Philadelphia on the Eagles’ 45 and set up a game-tying touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
“That’s Dak Prescott you saw come back out there and leave those bad plays behind him and make those game-winning plays at the end,” Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “I’m really pleased for him that we won this game. I know one thing: He’s not going to go out there with his head down and dwell on the mistakes that he made early.”
Indeed, none of it made Prescott timid in the fourth. He complete 12 of 15 passes for 185 and two touchdown passes to Amari Cooper, including a 75-yard scoring strike that regained a 23-16 lead with 3:01 left in regulation.
“It was an emotional game and a special game,” said Prescott, who was nominated for the NFL’s Man of the Year award this week.
“We’ve never waivered and we’ve never blinked. We knew the team we had in training camp and we knew the team we had when we were 3-5. We didn’t stop. We’re never going to stop.”
In overtime, Prescott led the game-winning, 13-play, 75-yard drive. He completed all five pass attempts for 58 yards, including the game-winning, 15-yard touchdown pass to Cooper.
“He’s just a tremendous leader,” Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett said. “The guys look at him and he’s got this look in his eye like, ‘Hey, don’t worry about me. I’m going to keep coming.’ And he did that.”