Dak Prescott said he’d have a word with Ezekiel Elliott.
It was the third-year running back, after all, who described the Cowboys quarterback’s pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives sandwiching an interception as “legendary” in the aftermath of Dallas’ 24-22 wild-card win over the Seahawks.
“I think that’s quite accurate,” receiver Amari Cooper chimed in.
Hold up, Prescott said.
“I’m in a young career. I’m three years in,” Prescott said. “I may have to tell (Elliott) to not say that again or to wait until later. Obviously it’s a great compliment. Obviously it’s a guy we came in together and we’ve been through the ups and the downs.
“(But) my goal is bigger than one playoff win.”
And yet, one playoff win is notable in Dallas these days.
The Cowboys entered a contest vs. Russell Wilson and Co. without a postseason win in the last three seasons. Not since the 1995 season has the franchise reached the NFC Championship Game. Prescott had led the Cowboys to 32 regular-season wins in three seasons, second among NFL quarterbacks only to Tom Brady in the span, but had not yet tallied a postseason victory.
Now a young Cowboys team has seen what winning in the postseason means.
“We ready,” defensive end Demarcus Lawrence said of the team’s takeaway. “There ain’t no turning back.”
Dallas built a small but steady lead through the first two and a half quarters, registering 3 points on its opening drive and a touchdown with 28 seconds left in the second quarter to take a 10-6 advantage into halftime.
The Cowboys bled the clock all night, hogging the ball for 34:50, nine minutes and 30 seconds more than a Seattle team limited to 73 rushing yards. The defense held 1,000-yard back Chris Carson to just 1.5 yards per carry and Russell Wilson to negative-8 passing yards in the first quarter.
Wilson hadn’t passed for negative yardage in 496 career regular-season or playoff quarters.
And still, Seattle led 14-10 entering the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys didn’t panic.
SOURCE: Jori Epstein, USA TODAY