Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4) – Dallas Cowboys (5): 14-31
4 landing passes, another on the run. To say that Dak Prescott rose to the event on Monday night time is an understatement. The quarterback Cowboys led his crew to quiet success in a sport dominated from begin to end.
Compelled to throw the ball 66 occasions, Tom Brady did what he might. However and not using a floor sport and a failure that resulted in a crack, the step was too excessive.
Key second: CeeDee Lamb places an finish to what’s left of suspense
Earlier, in the course of the match, it was doable to attract. However for Tom Brady (35/66, 351 yards, 2 TD, 1 int), there’s nonetheless little hope for an inconceivable comeback. When the veteran discovered Julio Jones (7 rec, 74 yards, 1 TD) to lastly unlock his crew’s counter on the final motion of three and return to 24-6, there was no hope besides for one more feat.
Hope was showered 4 minutes and 47 seconds later. The time it takes for Dallas to get on the pitch and rating. Landing scored on an 18-yard move from Dak Prescott for CeeDee Lamb (4 rec, 68 yd, 1 TD), alone in the long run zone at 4 and 4. 31-6 for the Cowboys. Tom Brady or not, it is over.
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A enjoyable begin to the match between the 2 assaults, however stuffed with expertise. The primary 4 offensives of the match come down to 3 actions and a punt. Dallas began with an 80-yard rush, ending with a landing by Dalton Schultz (7 recs, 95 yards, 2 destroyers). Brett Maher misses an additional level (0-6). What motivates Tom Brady and his household who react by driving 70 yards. However he arrived simply 5 yards from the opposing objective, the quantity 12 throwing the ball into the fingers of Jayron Kearse. A uncommon alternative that Tampa will lengthy remorse. As a result of Dak Prescott and his gang do not encourage affection. They raise the ball over 80 yards in 15 performs and over 8 minutes, alternating floor and aerial play. Lastly, it is Prescott who shoots on the bottom. Maher misses once more, it is 12-0.
The Dallas Offensive has been capable of work slowly to put on down the enemy’s defenses, however it might additionally work quick. On a brand new native punt, the Cowboys went 91 yards in simply over three minutes, with a brand new landing for Dalton Schultz on the important thing. Further level? It failed once more. Till the break 18:0 for the guests.
Half-time changes? Not fairly. Tampa punt after getting back from the locker room, once more after solely three actions. And Dallas reveals up once more. Schultz for 26 yards. Lamb for one more 26 yards. Pollard on the bottom for 18 lengths. Lastly, Prescott sends Michael Gallup (5 rec, 46 yards, 1 TD) into the tip zone for a two quick yard connection. Maher? Nonetheless not (0-24).
After exchanging factors, Tampa lastly responds. A 95-yard assault ends with a landing by Julio Jones on a 30-yard move. However the two-point conversion is a failure (6-24). The Authoritative Cowboys react instantly: 9 performs, 66 yards and a landing from CeeDee Lamb on the fourth down. And this time, miraculously, Maher manages to kick (6-31)!
The remaining is anecdote. The Buccaneers fail on the fourth down 11 yards from the tip zone, however Dallas punts. So Brady has time to search out Cameron Brate and rating a landing with an extra two-point conversion (14-31). Sadly, Russell Gage suffered a concussion whereas using and left on a stretcher. Tampa recovers an offside kick, however fails on his fourth try simply over a minute from time.
No. MVP: That is Prescott
The proper time to launch his greatest sport of the season. With a report of 25/33 for 305 yards and 4 passing touchdowns, with an additional floor landing (on his 4th try!), the Dallas quarterback was boss on the sector. If he was helped by floor play (128 yards) and offensive picks from coordinator Kllen Moore, Prescott was essentially calming down after a daily season marred by accidents and a few dismal video games.
Flop: Tampa did not react
« Buccaneers have expertise, they only want a spark. It was form of the theme of the season. However the spark by no means got here. As soon as once more this Monday, the bottom ground was one of many weakest within the league. The primary six possessions of this assault resulted in three 3&outs, two extra factors and a steal. Sufficient to offer Dallas time to fly. As a result of the protection that held the primary two possessions of the Cowboys ended up getting 4 touchdowns in a row. The Buccaneers we noticed on Monday are those we have seen all season. There was no response. Or perhaps there actually wasn’t any response that was to be anticipated.
The Cowboys scored 5 touchdowns however scored just one additional level. Brett Maher was horribly clumsy on this train, leaving 4 items to flee from his crew. He was in such a tough state of affairs that his coaches most well-liked to play 4 and 4 as a substitute of attempting to shoot for the basket. The sequence ended with a landing, which he ultimately managed to enhance with an additional level after the fifth try. He will not forgive in tight matches within the later rounds.
Route San Francisco to Dallas. With full offense and protection regaining their chunk, the Cowboys is probably not favorites in opposition to the 49ers, however they are going to nonetheless have a card to play.
Now what’s going to Tom Brady do? Oddly sufficient, the quarterback appears much less near retiring than he did final season. Some American media is already suggesting that the Raiders wish to signal him. He is out of contract, and that places an enormous query mark over the quick way forward for the Buccaneers.