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Cowboys vs. Seahawks Wild Card playoff game: Dak & Zeke’s two TD’s seal 1st playoff win 24-22 over Seahawks

The Cowboys beat the Seahawks 24-22 and fend off late-game magic by Russell Wilson.

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NFL: NFC Wild Card-Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Fourth Quarter

With only a two-point lead, it all comes down to a Seahawks’ onside kick without a kicker...Cole Beasley makes the easiest catch ever on the worst onside kick ever. GAME OVER!! From 3-5 to 10-6 and now a playoff win for the Cowboys!!!

Facing 2nd and 1, the Cowboys make a critical mistake by not covering Tyler Lockett and that’s an easy run for him as Seattle has life. Just seconds later, the Seahawks convert a 4th down for the touchdown and two-point conversion.

Even better, Dak’s conversion forces Seattle to use their final timeout with under three minutes to play. On 1st and goal...why not let Dak finish this drive! TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS! Dallas leads 24-14!

Facing 3rd and 14...the Cowboys run a QB Draw...Rayne Dakota Prescott delivers with help from the All-Pro guard Zack Martin!

As we’ve often seen, the Cowboys pick the worst time to commit a penalty, Noah Brown’s illegal formation moves Dallas back five yards.

The Cowboys feed the ball to Zeke and he delivers a heck of stiff arm to the Seattle defender! HOLY SMOKES! Cowboys in the red zone!

Facing 3rd and 8, Dak is incomplete on the pass but now the refs call PASS INTERFERENCE on KJ Wright to give Dallas a first down. Zeke is stopped short, two-straight times as Dallas will be looking at a 3rd and four. On the 3rd down attempt, Cole Beasley is mugged by the Seattle corner and we have another PI call to keep this drive alive.

Russell Wilson trots back out on offense but two penalties on his offense backs them too far to convert. The Cowboys defense turns the Seahawks away without anything off the pick that should never have been.

However, as Dak fires the ball to Noah Brown, he’s draped by KJ Wright on a questionable no call for contact, it’s bobbled and INTERCEPTED by Wright in the end zone. PI...No call? Really? Ok.

On first down, Amari Cooper makes a huge catch!!! Seattle challenges the rule but it stands!

Seahawks try to run the ball but Carson is met at the line by Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence. Seattle is forced to punt and Tavon Austin makes them pay!

Two-plays later, Dak takes it in himself but is stopped short of the goal on review. Zeke is tripped up on his first attempt but he takes it in on his second for the COWBOYS TOUCHDOWN!! Cowboys lead Seattle 17-14.

On the next Cowboys’ drive, facing a 2nd and 8, Prescott finds Amari Cooper wide open for 34-yards down to the Seattle-16.

Third Quarter

Without a kicker, Sebastian Janikowski is ruled out, but no big deal on fourth down for Doug Baldwin as he hauls in a 17-yard grab. A few plays later, Russell Wilson sneaks it in and the Seahawks convert the two-point try, taking a four point lead as we head to the final quarter.

After forcing Seattle off the field again, Seattle’s punter Michael Dickson gets aid by his unit, downing the ball at the Dallas-2. Three short plays later for zero yards, Blake Jarwin picks up a flag backing up the punt try for Chris Jones. Tyler Lockett doesn’t need much as the Cowboys give the Seahawks great field position.

Seahawks starts with the ball after the half but it’s a quick three-and-out after four yards. On the ensuing Cowboys drive, Ezekiel Elliott is stuffed by Bobby Wagner on 3rd and 1, forcing the punt on 4th down.

Second Quarter

In Cowboys-fashion, special teams spots Tyler Lockett 50-yards and Seattle will get a field-goal try from 57-yards...NO GOOD...Cowboys lead 10-6 at halftime.

Now, in the red zone, with time winding down, Prescott gets two more completions before he finds Michael Gallup in the end zone...TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS!

With 1:43 on the clock, Dak goes to work finding Cooper and Blake Jarwin in two-straight plays to set up 3rd and 1. The hand-off to Zeke gets a whole lot more than one-yard:

After nothing on first down, Wilson somehow finds Tyler Lockett at the Dallas-30, while being buried by DeMarcus Lawrence. On 2nd down, Carson loses four yards and we’re at the two-minute warning. Wilson finds Carson for 7 on 2nd and 14 but Doug Baldwin can’t beat the coverage on 3rd down. Sebastian Janikowski nails the 42-yarder and it’s a 6-3 lead for Seattle. The difference here has been Wilson’s three 20+ yard passes leading to two field goals. Dallas has 0 big plays so far but they get a chance before half.

The Cowboys get some big plays out of Amari Cooper and Zeke on back-to-back plays. Seattle’s Frank Clark beats Tyron Smith on the 2nd down to sack Prescott for a loss of ten. Brett Maher comes out to attempt a 58-yarder and it’s wide right. No points for the Cowboys and Seattle has a little momentum before half.

A pretty nice start for the Cowboys ends on 3rd and 12 after La’el Collins is called for a hold. After the Cowboys’ punt, Russell Wilson heaves it deep for Tyler Lockett and he makes the 40-yard grab. Inside the Dallas-10, the Seahawks can’t get much more and the Dallas defense holds them in the red zone to a three-point answer, we’re tied at three. A real nice save by the Cowboys defense...again.

First Quarter

Touching in it’s lowest form is now a penalty on special teams?

Tavon Austin catches the punt and drives up field all the way for a touchdown but Kavon Frazier’s hold brings it way back as Jason Garrett is hot with the officiating. First quarter ends with Dallas 3, Seattle 0.

Two Carson carries on back to back plays for the Seahawks. On 3rd and 6, Maliek Collins busts through for the SACK on Wilson!

The Seattle pressure almost gets to Dak on first down but it’s an incomplete pass. Blake Jarwin is called for a ticky-tack hold and the Cowboys end up punting again after they can’t make the 3rd and 11.

On first down, Chris Carson gets blown up by Cowboys tackle Antwaun Woods for a loss of eight. 2nd and 18, Woods is there again to tackle Carson after five yards. Russell Wilson can only get three yards and Seattle will punt for a second time.

Ezekiel Elliott is able to take two runs for eight-yards but Dak misfires to Michael Gallup on 3rd and 2 about five yards out of bounds. Cowboys punt it deep to Seahawks, who begin at their own 23.

The Cowboys are back on offense and face a 3rd and 7 two plays later, Prescott hits Allen Hurns for 14-yards and the first down. Hurns was injured on the play and it doesn’t look great as they have to bring out the cart for him.

The Seahawks begin after the touchback, Seattle runs the rock with Chris Carson two-straight times but the Cowboys defense denies the 3rd and 2. Seattle is forced to punt and Dallas has a three-and-out on defense after pressure forces the incomplete pass as Jaylon Smith blows it up reads it.

Elliott takes a screen pass for nine on first down to set up shop right at the Seattle-23 but the Cowboys can only get two on 3rd and 10. Brett Maher kicks the 39-yard field goal to give Dallas a 3-0 lead.

The visiting Seattle Seahawks won the toss and deferred, Cowboys offense will start with possession. The Cowboys start with a handoff to Ezekiel Elliott for five yards, followed by a 14-yard completion to Amari Cooper to give Dallas fresh downs. Zeke picks up another five yards on first down and Dak Prescott throws a dart to Cole Beasley for 14-yards but Beasley was shaken up on the play.

Pregame Inactives:

Cowboys: G Xavier Su’a-Filo, DL David Irving, LB Chris Covington, RB Darius Jackson, S Darian Thompson, DL Dorance Armstrong, QB Mike White

Seahawks: FB Tre Madden, WR Malik Turner, CB Kalan Reed, RB Bo Scarbrough, OL Elijah Nkansah, DL Branden Jackson, DL Rasheem Green

NFL playoffs and the Dallas Cowboys - that’s about as good as it gets. This Saturday night the Cowboys will host the Seattle Seahawks in one of the NFC Wild Card games for the right to move on to the Divisional round.

Earlier this year, the Cowboys traveled to Seattle and were solidly defeated by the Seahawks 24-13. But as everyone who follows the Cowboys knows, that was a different team. The addition of Amari Cooper, the change of offensive line coach, the growth of the young players on the roster have all helped to transform this team.

The defense is playoff-caliber and the offense can now reach that level, just doing it on a consistent basis has been tricky. Last week’s win over the Giants was a confidence boost for Dak Prescott, and revealed Blake Jarwin as a possible weapon in these playoffs. The Cowboys game plan was a little different and turned out to be wildly successful. This week, they get a rested Ezekiel Elliott back on the field.

Dallas is riding momentum and has home-field advantage. The Seahawks counter with Russell Wilson who is so tough to contain and a Seahawks team that has improved as the season rolled on. These are two evenly matched squads.

The season is on the line Saturday night.

What You Need To Know

Important links: Cowboys depth chart | Roster

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019

Game time: 8:15 PM EST

Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

TV channel: FOX

Coverage Map: 506 Sports

Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers

Radio: 105.3 The Fan | Full listings | Westwood One | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 82 (Sea), 83 (Dal) | XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Sea), 225 (Dal)

Streaming: Fubo | NFL.com GamePass (audio only during game) | FoxSportsGo

Cowboys record: (10-6)

Seahawks record: (10-6)

Odds: Dallas -1

Prediction: Dallas 23 - Seattle 21

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