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Dallas Cowboys Defeat Tom Brady in Victory Over Tampa Bay

17 January 2023, Tuesday
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was impressive as the club defeated Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday in the wild-card round of the playoffs. The Cowboys' defense kept Brady and the Bucs in check while Prescott's five total touchdowns proved to be too much in the 31-14 outcome. Next up for Dallas is a road matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET, Fox) for the divisional round.

The Tom Brady curse has been broken. The eight-game playoff losing streak on the road is a thing of the past. Monday's emphatic victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers marked the end of Brady's seven-game winning streak against the Cowboys, giving Dallas their first road playoff win since the 1992 NFC Championship Game.

The Cowboys' most recent display of excellence since their 40-3 thrashing of the Minnesota Vikings on November 20 was on full display during their recent victory over the New York Giants. It might just be the spark this team needs to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.

The wins over the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans have been trying for the Cowboys and their overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars has been a major obstacle. However, this win could be the turning point for the team. They will now try to build on this performance in the upcoming games.

Dak Prescott had been assuring everybody that his issue with throwing interceptions was over and, although it was uncertain if anyone believed him, Prescott was convinced. He achieved a postseason record by scoring a touchdown and tossing a touchdown in four straight playoff contests, joining Troy Aikman (Super Bowl XXVII) and Roger Staubach (1975 NFC Championship Game) as the third Cowboys QB with four TD passes in a playoff game. His confidence was increasing. His second touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz was impressive, going off-script to scramble left and throwing across his body to the tight end, helping to build the Cowboys a 18-0 lead. Despite his past issues with interceptions, he managed to make plays that mattered in decisive moments without any mistakes.

The defense was back to its early season form, with opponents scoring under 20 points in six of the first seven games. Micah Parsons had a strong showing at off-the-ball linebacker, and Jayron Kearse had the first interception in Brady's career within the red zone. The Buccaneers had difficulty running the ball, compared to the 152 yard rushing performance when the teams first met. The 49ers have a more formidable offense with weapons like Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and rookie quarterback Brock Purdy, but this should give the defense an extra boost in confidence.

Brett Maher's recent misses are cause for concern among Cowboys fans. In the regular season, Maher missed only three extra points, but he missed four on Monday. This follows a single point-after miss in the regular-season finale against the Washington Commanders. His first two attempts were kicked right, his third left, and his fourth off the top of the right upright. According to Elias, this makes Maher the only NFL player since 1932 to miss four extra points in one game, making it a playoff or regular-season game. Thus, the Cowboys may want to consider looking for a new kicker as they move into the divisional round of the playoffs.

At some stage during the initial period, Dak Prescott was able to achieve a consecutive sequence of 11 completed passes, which surpasses the team record of completions in a single postseason game previously set by Troy Aikman in Super Bowl XXX against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as confirmed by Elias.

Monday proved to be a disappointment for Tom Brady, as his Buccaneers were eliminated from the playoffs after a loss to the Cowboys in the Wild Card Round. This marked Brady's third loss in the Wild Card Rd, with the last coming on Jan. 4, 2020, in a loss to Tennessee with his former team, the New England Patriots. Prior to that, Brady had enjoyed a 2-0 record in Wild Card Rounds with Tampa Bay the previous two years. Unfortunately, there will be no eighth Super Bowl title this season, and no second shot at the 49ers.

Brady is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and general manager Jason Licht is determined to get him re-signed. Ultimately, his decision will be heavily impacted by family concerns, as Brady hopes to remain close to his children. This will determine whether the team is in a 'win-now' mode or has to undertake a rebuild. Meanwhile, coach Todd Bowles will be back in 2023, but there could be changes in the staff. Brady will need to understand the plan for the upcoming season before making a decision.

Despite the return of Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen, who had been out the entire regular season with torn ligaments in his knee, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense looked out of rhythm. QB Tom Brady was under a lot of pressure, unable to complete passes of 10 yards or more in the first half. He ended the game with 35 completions on 66 attempts, earning 351 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Jensen's comeback gave the whole team a boost, but his presence was not enough to motivate the offensive line, who struggled to contain Micah Parsons.

The interception occurred early in the second quarter when Patriots QB Tom Brady attempted to throw the ball out of the end zone, however safety Jayron Kearse was able to intercept it. Brady conceded he failed to put enough power on the attempt, the first interception in the red zone in 409 attempts. Brady then connected with WR Julio Jones for a 30-yard TD pass at the end of the third period, followed by an onside kick recovered by Giovani Bernard which set up an 8-yard TD pass to Cameron Brate with 2:04 remaining in the game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had their full starting secondary on the field, but it wasn't enough to contain Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Their pass rush was ineffective at disrupting plays, and their disguised coverages were not enough to fool him. Furthermore, the Bucs had trouble covering the Cowboys' tight ends. This created a significant gap in their game plan.

The initial touchdown to a tight end was earned with a 22-yard pass to Dalton Shultz, orchestrated by Prescott's masterful evading of safety Mike Edwards, who endured one of his more trying performances against the Buccaneers. This touchdown was set up due to a roughing the passer penalty on defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard-line, Britt lost contain, which allowed Prescott to run an untouched bootleg into the end zone.

Prior to that, the Buccaneers had a wholly flawed coverage when Jake Ferguson reaped a 35-yard reception.

Prescott fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to Shultz with just 27 seconds left on the clock. The throw was thrown on the run and Edwards was out of position for the scoring play. CeeDee Lamb also got in on the action, running wide open for an 18-yard touchdown reception after lining up in a trips left formation with Schultz and Noah Brown. Interestingly, Brady's 66 pass attempts in the game were a career high for him in a playoff game, and his 31 incompletions set a record for him in a playoff game as well.
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