Dak Prescott has had many great moments with the Dallas Cowboys in his five seasons with the team. With a contract extension soon to happen, Prescott will be with the Cowboys at least for another season. Here are Prescott’s five best games with the Cowboys so far in his career:
5. Cleveland Browns 10-35 Dallas Cowboys: FirstEnergy Stadium Nov. 6 2016
Prescott made a big hit in his first rookie season as the new Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback. He led his team to a 13-3 record and an NFC East championship. He also won Rookie of the Year and made a good run for NFL MVP in 2016. During Week 10 of the season Prescott and the Cowboys were on a seven-game winning streak as they headed to Cleveland to play against the struggling winless Browns.
Prescott was on fire in the beginning of the game as he found tight end Jason Witten for a 26-yard touchdown pass. Witten had a huge game as he totaled eight receptions, 134 total yards and one touchdown catch. He later found wide receiver Cole Beasley for a six-yard touchdown pass. Prescott ended the game with a total of 247 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a 95.8 percent quarterback rating.
The running game was also a huge part of the Cowboys offense that year, with running back Ezekiel Elliot totaling 92 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to help the team destroy the Browns 35-10. This was Prescott’s personal best game of the season as he looked merely unstoppable. He completed 77.8 percent of his passes and managed to throw no interceptions and zero sacks. Prescott was able to win three more games as the Cowboys went on a 10-game winning streak to secure a playoff spot and one of the top seeds in the NFC.
4. Dallas Cowboys 29-23 Philadelphia Eagles: AT&T Stadium Dec. 9 2018
The Eagles/Cowboys rivalry was especially huge during the time Prescott has been with the Cowboys. Since 2016, either the Cowboys or Eagles have won the NFC East title except for the 2020 season when the Washington Football Team won the NFC East.
Week 14 game of the 2018 season between the Cowboys and the Eagles was a nail biter to watch for both Cowboys and Eagles fans. The Cowboys took the NFC East that year with a 10-6 record, but that did not stop the Eagles from trying to rain on their parade. This game also showed how clutch of a quarterback Prescott was as he had one of the biggest fourth quarters in his career to give the Cowboys the overtime win.
The first three quarters were sloppy for Prescott, not getting any touchdown passes until the fourth quarter when he found wide receiver Amari Cooper for a long 28-yard pass. After the Eagles tied the game up, Prescott immediately responded by finding Cooper again with an incredible 75-yard throw to give the Cowboys the lead again in the last couple minutes of the quarter. The game went to overtime and Prescott again showed his dominance when he found Cooper again to give the Cowboys the 29-23 win in overtime.
Prescott ended the game with a total of 455 passing yards, three touchdown passes, and 77.8 percent completion rate. Cooper also helped in giving the Cowboys the victory with his 10 receptions, 217 total yards and three touchdown catches.
3. Dallas Cowboys 35-17 New York Giants: AT&T Stadium Sep. 8 2019
The Cowboys also have a strong rivalry with the New York Giants. Though the Giants have not been a strong team in the last few years, the rivalry between Cowboys and Giants fans has still been huge. In 2016 the Cowboys edged the Giants to win the NFC East title, however the Giants still made the playoffs with an 11-5 record as a wild card team.
In the opening game of the 2019 season, the Cowboys destroyed the Giants at home and Dak Prescott was the leader in the rout. After trailing early in the game, Prescott turned up and threw a brilliant 28-yard throw to tight end Blake Jarwin to get the Cowboys on the board. Wide receiver Michael Gallup had a great game, making two huge plays that ended in scoring plays for the Cowboys. First Prescott found Witten in the end zone and later found Cooper for three touchdown passes in the first half of the game.
Cooper was on fire, totaling six receptions, 106 total yards and one touchdown pass and plenty of clutch catches throughout the game. Prescott’s fourth touchdown pass of the game was to wide receiver Randall Cobb for a 25-yard pass. Prescott was brilliant throughout the game, throwing four touchdown passes and totaling 405 passing yards. The Cowboys went on to win the game 35-17 as Prescott debuted the new season with an impressive 94.6 quarterback rating.
2. New York Giants 35-36 Dallas Cowboys: MetLife Stadium Dec 31. 2018
The Dallas Cowboys were already crowned NFC East Champions before their Week 17 matchup against the New York Giants during the 2018 season. However, the Giants were not going to let the Cowboys head into the playoffs easily. The game came down to the wire as the Cowboys came up on top, thanks to Dak Prescott and company.
After a slow first quarter, Prescott got things rolling by finding Blake Jarwin for a 13-yard pass to get things going for the Cowboys. Jarwin ended up having a huge game for the Cowboys with seven receptions, 119 total yards and three touchdown catches. After finding Jarwin two other times, the Cowboys found themselves trailing to the Giants in the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Prescott found wide receiver Allen Hurns for a huge 49-yard play to put the Cowboys right at the Giants two-yard line. This set up running back Rod Smith for a one-yard run to give the Cowboys the lead again. After losing the lead again, Prescott had only less than two minutes to bring the Cowboys back into the game trailing by seven points.
With one minute left in the game, Prescott found Cole Beasley deep in the end zone for 32-yards that was originally called incomplete, but after video review the call was overturned to a touchdown. The Cowboys went for the two-point conversion and was successful by finding Gallup to give the Cowboys the win 36-35 against the Giants in their last game of the 2018 season.
This game was Prescott’s biggest clutch moment with the Cowboys, leading his team to victory after trailing twice in the fourth quarter. He ended the game with 387 passing yards, four touchdown passes and an 88.5 quarterback rating.
1. Dallas Cowboys 38-49 Cleveland Browns: AT&T Stadium Oct. 4 2020
The week before Prescott’s devasting injury that ended his season in 2020, Prescott had his best game of his career that ended in an unfortunate loss to the Cleveland Browns. The Cowboys defense in 2020 was atrocious, which ended in the firing of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan in his first season with the Cowboys. In the four full games Prescott played, he was looking like a real MVP candidate. The Cowboys season may have shaped up differently if they have not lost their start quarterback so early in the season.
The Cowboys took the lead early in the game after a huge play by rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb to catch a 43-yard pass from Prescott for a touchdown. Prescott later found Cooper for a threaded needle pass for 20-yards for a touchdown to give the Cowboys the lead early in the game. After going down 41-14 heading in to the fourth quarter, the game look like it was over, but Prescott was not done.
Prescott handed the ball to running back Tony Pollard who ran the ball in for three-yards for a touchdown while successfully converting the two-point conversion. He then found tight end Dalton Schultz for 20-yards with another successful two-point conversion. Prescott was not done here, as he then found Lamb again for another touchdown throw and another successful two-point conversion to bring the Cowboys from 41-14 to 41-38 in the last three minutes of the game. Unfortunately, the defense for the Cowboys disappointed the team as they ended up losing the game for the Cowboys 49-38.
Prescott made a personal record by throwing 502 passing yards in one game, which is the most in his career. In five games in 2020, Prescott had 1,856 passing yards which led the NFL for weeks after Prescott went down with injury. Cowboys fans will be excited to see if he can pick up where he left off from 2020 and hope to bring the Cowboys back into the playoffs.