Cowboys finally beat Tom Brady, as Dallas routs Tampa Bay
TAMPA, Fla. — Dak Prescott was clinical as the Dallas Cowboys took care of business on the road against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday in the final game of the opening round of the playoffs.
The Buccaneers were able to get the best of the Cowboys in the season opener, 19-3, but Prescott’s five total touchdowns and a dominant defense was too much in the 31-14 wild-card matchup.
The Cowboys will travel to face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET, Fox) in the divisional round.
The Tom Brady curse? Over.
The eight-game road playoff losing streak? Done.
Monday’s thumping of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended Brady’s personal seven-game winning streak against the Cowboys and gave Dallas its first road playoff win since the 1992 NFC Championship Game.
It was the Cowboys’ most complete performance of this season since the 40-3 demolition of the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 20 and it might be the jolt the team needs to make it back to a Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.
Since that win over the Vikings, the Cowboys were chasing that kind of performance and struggled in wins against the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans, while losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime. Now the Cowboys look for a road playoff winning streak when they take on the 49ers on Sunday.
QB breakdown: Prescott kept assuring everybody the interception thing would end. It’s not clear if anybody believed him, but Prescott believed it. He set an NFL postseason record by running for a touchdown and throwing a touchdown in his fourth straight playoff game. With four touchdown passes, he joined Troy Aikman (Super Bowl XXVII) and Roger Staubach (1975 NFC Championship Game) as the…