Following last Sunday’s victory in Philadelphia, we discussed that Dak Prescott has recorded eight more game-winning drives than Carson Wentz since the two NFC East signal-callers entered the league in 2016. Prescott had a 11-9 record in game-winning drive opportunities after leading his Cowboys squad to a crucial divisional victory on the road over the Eagles.
That win set up yet another ‘must-win’ game for the Cowboys, as Dallas continued its two-game road trip with a battle against Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the Atlanta Falcons. We all know what occurred in last season’s trip in Atlanta, so you can assume this team had a chip on its shoulder to make up for that debacle.
The Cowboys fell behind the Falcons 9-6, but Dallas finally found some of its rhythm in the second half, as Dak Prescott made timely plays to keep drives alive and Ezekiel Elliott turned in his second consecutive monster performance — 201 all-purpose yards and a touchdown on 30 total touches.
A Prescott run, followed by Zeke’s score, gave the Cowboys a 19-12 lead in the final quarter, but the Falcons weren’t going to go away easily. Ryan hit Julio on a 34-yard strike to tie up the game with under two minutes remaining.
The game was now in Dak’s hands — again.
Prescott and the Cowboys were successful in driving down the field to set-up the winning Brett Maher field goal that has the Cowboys soaring, and the Falcons looking at a tough path to get back in the race. The drive was Prescott’s second-consecutive and 12th game-winning drive of his young career. As our own OCC points out, that was the most over the last three seasons when the clock hit zero:
With another game-winning drive today against Atlanta, nobody in the NFL has more game-winning drives over the last three seasons than Dak Prescott. https://t.co/NGbcxYZa8S— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) November 18, 2018
Matthew Stafford technically gets credit for his 13th, but the stat is still impressive nonetheless.
Prescott did not light up the scoreboard or anything, but he played efficient football for the Cowboys — 208 yards through the air on 68% completion percentage while adding a touchdown on the ground. Dak’s success when the game is on the line — combined with Washington falling to the Texans and the Eagles traveling to New Orleans — has the Cowboys in prime position to make a move to first place within the division.
Who would have guessed that just a couple of weeks ago?