The wild card round of the NFL playoffs ended Monday with Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys dominating Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning 31-14.
The Cowboys move on to take on the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round (Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX).
Here are the best plays!
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Big boy bag
Bringing the Thunder on third, Vita Vea sacked Prescott to force a Cowboys three-and-out for the second drive in a row to open the game.
Cowboys score first
After both teams went three-and-out in each of their first two possessions, Dallas finally got the ball moving on his third drive. Some plays from Michael Gallup and Tony Pollard, along with an incendiary passer penalty, set up a Prescott 22-yard TD pass to Dalton Schultz.
However, the ensuing PAT went wide right, keeping Dallas’ lead at 6-0 going into the first inning.
Rachaad White made numerous jump cuts to help the Bucs finally pick up a scoop on their third drive.
The 45-year-old QB made a play reminiscent of the Kansas City Chiefs star, connecting with Chris Godwin on a running kick pass to gain 11 yards.
Moments after the broadcast showed a graphic stating that Brady had not thrown an interception in the red zone since joining the Buccaneers in 2020, he threw an interception. Brady lobbed a pick to Jayron Kearse in the end zone as he appeared to try to throw the ball out of bounds.
On fourth down and the goal from the 1-yard line, Prescott held the ball himself on the fake transfer and ran a bootleg into the end zone for the score.
However, Brett Maher again missed the PAT to hold the Cowboys’ lead at 12-0 with just over six minutes left in the second quarter.
Dak explains it all in third place
Needing six yards to get the first, Prescott scrambled and laid down to get 10 yards to keep the Cowboys’ drive moving in the late first half.
Roof to Dalton for Dallas’ 3rd TD
The Cowboys were in control throughout the first half, with Prescott again finding Schultz in the end zone for an 11-yard score.
The one thing they had no control over, however, was their kicking game. Maher missed a third PAT, leaving the Cowboys’ lead at 18-0 just before halftime.
Gallop to the score
The Cowboys scored again, marking four consecutive drives with a touchdown when they scored on their first possession of the second half. Prescott found Gallup in the back of the end zone for his third touchdown pass of the game. Gallup almost seemed to go out of bounds in its reception, but the replay review maintained its catch.
However, Maher missed his fourth PAT of the night, keeping it a three-score game at 24-0 with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
Bucs finally scores
In what could have been the final game in the NFL for both players, Brady found Julio Jones on the edge of the end zone for a touchdown to finally put the Buccaneers on the board. However, Tampa was unable to convert the 2-point conversion, holding a three-score game at 24-6 at the end of the third quarter.
Dallas goes for it in fourth place… and scores
While Maher struggled to get his PATs, the Cowboys opted to go for it on fourth and fourth from the Buccaneers’ 18-yard line. The decision paid off and then some as Prescott found CeeDee Lamb wide open for the scoring.
Oh, and Maher made the PAT this time to make it a 31-6 game.
Bucs gets a late score
To keep it respectable, Brady found Cam Brate for a toe-tapping touchdown just before the two-minute caution. He also connected with Mike Evans for the 2-point conversion that made it 31-14.
Bucs gets the outside kick
It may be too little, too late for Tampa, but it recovered the onside kick right after the two-minute warning. It is only the fourth time this season that a team gets the offside kick back.
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