The Sea­hawks lose to Cow­boys in wild card game

Tri-City Herald (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY SCHUYLER DIXON

Ezekiel El­liott rushed for 137 yards and the go-ahead touch­down in the fourth quar­ter, and the Dal­las Cow­boys hung on for a 24-22 wild-card win over the Seat­tle Sea­hawks on Satur­day night.

The play­off win by the Cow­boys (11-6) was the first for El­liott and quar­ter­back Dak Prescott on their sec­ond try af­ter los­ing a di­vi­sional game as rook­ies two years ago. Dal­las will play ei­ther New Or­leans or the Los An­ge­les Rams in the di­vi­sional round next week­end.

The loss ended a run of nine straight vic­to­ries in play­off open­ers for the Sea­hawks (10-7). The Elias Sports Bureau says it was the long­est streak in NFL his­tory.

Dal­las’ de­fense, ranked in the top 10 most of the sea­son, mostly kept quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son un­der con­trol and handed him his first loss in four wild­card games.

“Our de­fense was great,” Prescott said. “They keep us in ev­ery game.”

It was the eighth win in nine games for the Cow­boys.

Prescott, the NFL Of­fen­sive Rookie of the Year in 2016 when the Cow­boys lost to Green Bay at home as the top seed in the NFC, threw for 226 yards and had a 1-yard sneak for what ap­peared to be a clinch­ing score be­fore Tyler Lock­ett’s 53-yard catch set up a quick Seat­tle touch­down.

Wil­son’s 7-yard scor­ing pass to J.D. McKis­sic got the Sea­hawks within four, and they made it a two-point game on their sec­ond 2-point con­ver­sion fol­low­ing an in­jury to kicker Se­bas­tian Janikowski.

But the miss­ing kicker left the Sea­hawks no good op­tions on an on­side kick with 1:18 re­main­ing. Punter Michael Dick­son’s drop kick was caught by Cole Beasley at the Dal­las 31, seal­ing the first play­off win for the Cow­boys since beat­ing Detroit in the wild-card round in the 2014 sea­son.

Prescott led a 67-yard drive to put the Cow­boys in front. A 34-yard pass to Amari Cooper, who had seven catches for 106 yards, led to El­liott’s 1-yard plunge af­ter an ap­par­ent touch­down by the quar­ter­back was over­turned on re­play.

Prescott had a chance to give the Cow­boys a 10-point lead, but K.J. Wright made a jug­gling in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone.

Dal­las’ de­fense came through again, though, forc­ing a punt and giv­ing El­liott and Prescott a high­light play apiece on a drive to Prescott’s 1-yard sneak for a 24-14 lead with 2:08 re­main­ing.

First, El­liott stiff-armed Shaquill Grif­fin on a 17-yard run to get in­side the 20, then Prescott scram­bled up the mid­dle be­fore a head-over-heels hit from Tedric Thomp­son at the Seat­tle 1. Prescott scored on the next play.

Seat­tle got a dou­ble dose of bad news at half­time when Janikowski missed a 57-yard field goal on the fi­nal play and in­jured his left thigh. He yelled as he grabbed the back of his leg and limped to the locker room, un­able to re­turn.

The Cow­boys never did lose con­trol of the Seat­tle run­ning game af­ter al­low­ing Chris Car­son’s first 100-yard game in a Week 3 Seat­tle win that turned the sea­son for the Sea­hawks, who fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with six wins in seven games.

Car­son had just 20 yards on 13 car­ries. Wil­son was 18 of 27 for 233 yards, with Lock­ett get­ting four catches for 120 yards.


Dal­las Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott launches to­ward the goal line against Seat­tle Sea­hawks de­fen­sive end Frank Clark dur­ing the sec­ond half of the NFC wild-card NFL game in Ar­ling­ton, Texas, on Satur­day.

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