The Dallas Cowboys, winners of 10 regular-season games, including seven of their last eight, and champions of the NFC East, opened their NFL-leading 33rd playoff run with a 24-22 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. In the process, they also got revenge on a team that had defeated them back in Week 3.
It wasn’t always pretty, with the defenses on both sides largely controlling the game, but no matter. A win is a win, especially in January.
The Cowboys defense did what it had to do, holding Seattle under its 26.8 points-per-game average, which was tied for sixth in the NFL. They limited the Seahawks to 299 yards of total offense, including slowing the league’s top rushing attack to just 73 yards on the ground. Quarterback Russell Wilson managed 233 passing yards and a touchdown for a 105.9 passer rating, but it wasn’t enough.
Because the Cowboys racked up 380 total yards and held a sizeable margin in the time of possession, 34:50 to 25:10. Ezekiel Elliott again proved to be the workhorse, as he picked up 137 rushing yards and added another 32 yards receiving, but he was joined by Amari Cooper, who co-starred by leading team pass-catchers with 106 receiving yards.
Dak Prescott had an efficient day, completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 226 yards with a touchdown and an interception for an 83.6 passer rating. But late in the game, when the Cowboys needed him most, the quarterback was even more impressive running the ball, finishing with 29 rushing yards on six carries with the game-clinching score.