As you all know, the Dallas Cowboys pulled off the wildcard victory over the Seattle Seahawks in dramatic fashion, as the game came down to an onside kick attempt by the visiting team. An incredible and gutsy run by Dak Prescott on third-and-14, followed by a quarterback sneak to punch it into the end zone, essentially sealed the deal and closed the door on Russell Wilson and company.
One of the more enjoyable things about watching the Cowboys win a playoff game on Saturday night is the fact we all get to kickback and relax while watching the other playoff teams battle it out on Sunday afternoon and evening. The Chargers held off a late comeback attempt from Lamar Jackson and company in the first game of the day, but Dallas paid special attention to the late contest — the Bears and the Eagles.
If the Bears had won, the Cowboys would be packing their bags for a date with the Saints in New Orleans next Sunday afternoon. If the rival Eagles came out on top on Sunday, then the Cowboys would fly to the West Coast for battle with Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams next Saturday under the lights.
Nick Foles kept his playoff magic alive and the Eagles knocked off the Bears behind a late game-winning touchdown and a missed field goal by the Bears with five seconds remaining in the game.
This means that the Cowboys will be heading to Los Angeles to take on the Rams.
The last time that the Cowboys and Rams battled in Los Angeles, Dak Prescott introduced himself to the football world for the first time back in a 2016 preseason game. After he was expected to be the team’s third-string quarterback, Dak was inserted to the starting lineup for the first preseason contest because Kellen Moore went down with a broken fibula earlier in training camp.
What was expected to be a regular ol’ exhibition game turned out to be an exciting performance by Prescott, giving us a preview of what was yet to come for the Cowboys franchise.
Prescott shined from the opening snap on, completing ten of his twelve pass attempts for 139 yards and two scores. The game looked easy for the young rookie. Sure, he did not play against a team full of starters, but it showed us what Prescott is capable of. Despite it being preseason, it was a lot of fun to watch.
Now, Prescott and the Cowboys return to that stadium. This time, the stakes will be much, much higher.
The full playoff schedule:
Cowboys @ Rams 8:15 PM ET FOX Saturday
Chargers @ Patriots 1:05 PM ET CBS Sunday
Eagles @ Saints 4:40 PM ET FOX Sunday
With this result, the Cowboys are still in contention to host the NFC Conference Championship if both Dallas and Philadelphia win next weekend.