NFL Super Wild Card Playoff Weekend Flashback: Winning their first road playoff game since 1993, the Dallas Cowboys eliminate Brady & the Buccaneers behind big night by Prescott & Dallas defense
Producing the greatest quarterback performance in Dallas Cowboy franchise history, Dak Prescott threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as the NFC’s fifth-seed Cowboys dismantled the fourth-seed Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-14, in a Wild Card Playoff matchup Sunday night at Raymond James Stadium, giving quarterback Tom Brady one of the earliest postseason exits in his storied career.
In other NFC Wild Card Playoff action, the No. 6 New York Giants stunned the No. 3 Minnesota Vikings, 31-24, while No. 2 San Francisco 49ers dominated the No. 7 Seattle Seahawks, 41-23, and the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles received a bye.
In AFC Wild Card Playoff matchups, the No. 2 Buffalo Bills came from behind to get past the No. 7 Miami Dolphins, 34-31, the No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars overcame a 27-point deficit to knock off the No. 5 Los Angeles Chargers, 31-30, while the defending AFC champion and No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals advanced with a 24-17 victory over the No. 6 Baltimore Ravens, and the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs received a bye.
Opening the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday, the AFC’s top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs (14-3) will host the surprising fourth-seed Jacksonville Jaguars (10-8) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. And coming their dramatic upset of the third-seeded Minnesota Vikings, the sixth-seeded New York Giants (10-7-1) take on the NFC’s top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.
Sunday’s Divisional Playoff slate begins with the defending AFC champion and third-seeded Cincinnati Bengals (13-4) hit the road to take on the second-seeded Buffalo Bills (14-3) at 2 p.m. Sunday before the NFC’s fifth-seeded Dallas Cowboys (13-5) will face the second-seeded San Francisco 49ers (14-4) on the road at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in a rematch of last season’s Wild Card matchup.
NFC SUPER WILDCARD PLAYOFF WEEKEND
No. 5 DALLAS Cowboys 31, No. 4 TAMPA BAY Buccaneers 14
Playing turnover free for the first time in eight games, quarterback Dak Prescott led the Dallas Cowboys to a dominating 31-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday night at Raymond James Stadium as the Cowboys beat seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady for the first time in eight tries.
Prescott completed 25 of 33 passes for 305 yards and four scoring strikes while rushing for another touchdown as the Cowboys advance to the NFC Divisional Playoff round and travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in a rematch of last season’s Wild Card Playoff game. Dallas also won its first road playoff game (0-8) since defeating San Francisco in the NFC Championship game on Jan. 17, 1993.
Representing the only dark cloud hanging over the impressive playoff victory for the Cowboys, placekicker Brett Maher missed his first four extra point attempts, becoming the first player in NFL history to miss that many in a single game.
Watch the NFL highlights here: NFC Wild Card: DALLAS Cowboys at TAMPA BAY Buccaneers
No. 2 SAN FRANCISCO 49ers 41, No. 7 SEATTLE Seahawks 23
Watch the NFL highlights here: NFC Wild Card: SEATTLE Seahawks at SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
No. 6 NEW YORK Giants 31, No. 3 MINNESOTA Vikings 24
Watch the NFL highlights here: NFC Wild Card: NEW YORK Giants at MINNESOTA Vikings
AFC SUPER WILDCARD PLAYOFF WEEKEND
No. 4 JACKSONVILLE Jaguars 31, No. 5 LOS ANGELES Chargers 30
Watch the NFL highlights here: AFC Wild Card: LOS ANGELES Chargers at JACKSONVILLE Jaguars
No. 2 BUFFALO Bills 34, No. 7 MIAMI Dolphins 31
Watch the NFL highlights here: AFC Wild Card: MIAMI Dolphins at BUFFALO Bills
No. 3 CINCINNATI Bengals 24, No. 6 BALTIMORE Ravens 17
Watch the NFL highlights here: AFC Wild Card: BALTIMORE Ravens at CINCINNATI Bengals
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