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Prescott Leads Cowboys to Thrilling 41-35 Win Over Seahawks

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Dec 1, 2023

In a primetime shootout filled with offense, the Dallas Cowboys outlasted the visiting Seattle Seahawks 41-35 on Thursday night. Quarterback Dak Prescott overcame early struggles to throw for over 300 yards and lead a critical late touchdown drive to secure a must-win game for the Cowboys’ playoff hopes.

Back-and-Forth Offensive Showcase

Both offenses moved the ball with ease for most of the night in Dallas. The lead changed hands multiple times, neither defense able to get consistent stops.

Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf was the star of the first half, hauling in a pair of touchdowns from Geno Smith. But Dallas answered each time behind Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Still, Seattle took a slim 21-20 lead into halftime after a missed late field goal by the Cowboys.

The second half brought more fireworks. Prescott connected with tight end Jake Ferguson to retake the lead out of the break. Metcalf then added a third touchdown catch later in the third quarter as the teams continued to trade haymakers.

Scoring Summary
Q1 – Metcalf 25-yard TD catch 7-0 SEA
Q1 – Elliott 1-yard TD run 7-7
Q2 – Metcalf 19-yard TD catch 14-10 SEA
Q2 – Elliott 30-yard TD catch 17-14 DAL
Q2 – Walker 2-yard TD run 21-17 SEA
Q3 – Ferguson 7-yard TD catch 27-21 DAL
Q3 – Metcalf 21-yard TD catch 28-27 SEA
Q3 – Hajrullahu 56-yard FG 30-28 DAL
Q4 – Prescott 1-yard TD run 37-28 DAL
Q4 – Lockett 68-yard TD catch 37-35 DAL
Q4 – Ferguson 2-yard TD catch 41-35 DAL

But after Seattle tied the game early in the fourth quarter on Russell Wilson’s 68-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett, Prescott engineered another critical drive. He moved the chains through the air and on the ground before eventually punching in the winning score on a quarterback sneak.

Dallas’ defense finally came up with a stop on the ensuing possession to secure Prescott’s 15th straight home win.

Prescott Overcomes Early Miscues

Prescott did not start smoothly in this pivotal contest. The veteran quarterback threw an ugly interception on just his second pass of the night. Later in the first half, he lost a fumble while scrambling, leading to another Seattle touchdown.

But he shook off those miscues to carry Dallas down the stretch. Prescott made key throws under pressure during a 10-play, 75-yard drive to take the fourth-quarter lead. That included converting on 3rd-and-11 just plays before his quarterback sneak for the score.

Prescott finished 32-of-43 passing for 300 yards and the two touchdowns to Ferguson. He added a rushing touchdown as well. Most importantly, he made the key plays when Dallas needed them most.

"It’s a big one," Prescott said of the win. "We knew what this meant to our season, where we are trying to go."

Playoff Push

At 8-3, Dallas maintains a two-game lead in the NFC East and remains on track for a playoff spot. While far from perfect, the Cowboys showed important resolve by winning a narrow game against a quality opponent.

That result sets up another pivotal matchup next week. The surging Eagles, now Dallas’ chief threat in the division, come to town for a Sunday night showdown.

"We’ve got a big one next week," linebacker Micah Parsons said looking ahead. "It’s for first place in the division."

Philadelphia offers an even bigger defensive challenge. But Prescott seems to be finding his best form after injuries slowed his start to the season. If he and the offense keep executing like they did for much of Thursday night, the Cowboys will remain dangerous despite inconsistencies on defense.

Coming off an emotional comeback win, the stars believe things are aligning in Dallas at the right time.

"We’re trending in the right direction overall," Prescott assessed. "As long as we can keep getting better and peak at the right time, we’ll give ourselves a chance."

Continued Excellence at Home

In claiming another narrow win, the Cowboys also extended an incredible streak of home dominance. They have now won 14 straight regular season games at AT&T Stadium.

Dallas last lost at home over two calendar years ago on Thanksgiving Day 2021. Since then, America’s Team has turned their home field into an impenetrable fortress:

Year Wins Key Victories
2021 7 Saints, Football Team 2x, Eagles 2x, Giants
2022 8 Bengals, Rams, Eagles, Colts, Buccaneers
2023 5* Bengals, Lions, Vikings, Giants, Seahawks*

* through Week 13

Riding raucous crowds and comfortable surroundings, the Cowboys continue finding ways to thrive in Arlington. In games often defined by slim margins, even subtle home-field edges become critical.

"We just feel good here," Elliott said about the amazing run at AT&T Stadium. "The fans bring the juice which gives us so much confidence."

While road tests loom in the playoffs, Dallas continues compiling an stellar home resume. Extending their unprecedented streak sends a message that any opponent faces immense obstacles playing the Cowboys on their home turf.

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