Victory for Dallas (11-4) keeps them currently as the No 2 seed in the NFC, while Washington (6-9) are now on the brink of elimination from playoff contention after a third-straight defeat and a second to their divisional rivals in the space of 15 days
Last Updated: 27/12/21 5:56am
Dak Prescott threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns as the Dallas Cowboys put up a massive 56 points on the Washington Football team in a 56-14 victory on Sunday Night Football.
Story of the Game
As well as Prescott’s efforts, Ezekiel Elliott accounted for two TDs – one rushing, one receiving on a run – and DeMarcus Lawrence tipped and picked a Taylor Heinicke pass and returned it 40 yards for a second-quarter score as Dallas racked up 48 points in the first half alone.
The win for Dallas (11-4) keeps them currently as the No 2 seed in the NFC, while Washington (6-9) are now on the brink of elimination from playoff contention after a third-straight defeat and a second to their divisional rivals in the space of 15 days.
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After clinching the division title earlier in the day, there was no letup in the Cowboys as they scored touchdowns on five-straight possessions in the first half. Those scores, combined with Lawrence’s pick-six gave Dallas a 42-7 lead at the break, tying a team record for the most points scored in a half.
In the third quarter, the Cowboys increased their lead as Corey Clement blocked a punt and Chauncey Golston gathered the ball in the endzone. Then, in the fourth, backup quarterback Cooper Rush added a 9-yard TD pass to Malik Turner as Prescott rested on the sideline.
The Cowboys finished with 497 yards – 389 of those coming in the first half – and that off the back of their defense surrendering 519 yards in a 27-17 loss in Philadelphia to the Eagles. The frustration boiled over on their sideline as Pro Bowl tackle threw a punch at fellow lineman Daron Payne.
- Passing: Taylor Heinicke, 7/22, 121 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
- Rushing: Jaret Patterson, nine carries, 33 yards
- Antonio Gibson, six carries, 29 yards
- Receiving: Dyami Brown, two catches, 53 yards
- Passing: Dak Prescott, 28/39, 330 yards, 4 TDs
- Rushing: Ezekiel Elliott, nine carries, 37 yards, 1 TD
- Receiving: Amari Cooper, seven catches, 85 yards, 1 TD
|Washington 0-7 Cowboys||Dak Prescott five-yard TD pass to Ezekiel Elliott (extra point)|
|Washington 0-14 Cowboys||Dak Prescott nine-yard TD pass to Dalton Schultz (extra point)|
|Washington 0-21 Cowboys||DeMarcus Lawrence 40-yard interception return for a TD (extra point)|
|Washington 7-21 Cowboys||Taylor Heinicke eight-yard TD pass to Antonio Gibson (extra point)|
|Washington 7-28 Cowboys||Ezekiel Elliott 11-yard TD run (extra point)|
|Washington 7-35 Cowboys||Dak Prescott one-yard TD pass to Terence Steele (extra point)|
|Washington 7-42 Cowboys||Dak Prescott 13-yard TD pass to Amari Cooper (extra point)|
|Washington 7-49 Cowboys||Blocked punt recovery by Chauncey Golston for a TD (extra point)|
|Washington 7-56 Cowboys||Cooper Rush nine-yard TD pass to Malik Turner (extra point)|
|Washington 14-56 Cowboys||John Bates fumbled recovery in the endzone for a TD (extra point)|
The Cowboys (11-4) are next in action at home against the out-of-form Arizona Cardinals (10-5), who have lost their last three-straight games.
As for Washington (6-9), their season is on the line when they travel to Philadelphia to face another NFC East opponent in the Eagles (8-7), who currently occupy the seventh and final last Wild Card spot in the conference.
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