Prescott completed 24 of 38 pass attempts for 302 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's game against the Packers. He also gained 13 yards on a pair of carries in the 34-31 loss.
Making his first playoff appearance, Prescott was able to complete 63 percent of his throws while connecting with Dez Bryant for a pair of touchdowns and Jason Witten for another. He also led the Dallas offense to a last-minute field goal that tied the game just before Green Bay's winning field goal as time expired. Despite the fact that the season ended on a losing note, Prescott established himself as one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the NFL and acquitted himself extremely well on the postseason stage.
Prescott completed four of eight passes for 37 yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Eagles. He also carried one time for nine yards before exiting the game in the first half.
With the top seed in the NFC already in hand, the Cowboys elected to limit several key regulars while holding others out altogether. Prescott moved the offense adequately during his time, but an extended look for Mark Sanchez and a successful brief cameo from Tony Romo comprised most of the snaps under center. After an excellent regular season, Prescott will now turn his attention to his first career postseason game, which will come during the divisional round.
Prescott will start Sunday's game at Philadelphia, but his snap count may be limited, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
The Cowboys have secured the No. 1 seed on the NFC side of the bracket, so holding out or minimizing the potential for injury to one of their key players is a prudent one. Further factoring into the decision to remove Prescott at some point Sunday is the expected absence of All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, who is tending to a sprained MCL. If (or when) Prescott is pulled, Mark Sanchez is slated to receive the remaining snaps under center, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. No matter how the QB reps break down, though, Tony Romo isn't expected to take the field.
Prescott is unlikely to play the entirety of Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.
In such a reality, the backup quarterback in most climes would take over for the starter, but the Cowboys' QB situation is a unique one due to the presence of long-time No. 1 option Tony Romo. Instead of giving Romo some valuable reps, the organization is operating under a plan in which third QB Mark Sanchez will be active in Week 17, placing a fog over who will spell Prescott upon his removal. No matter how much run he receives, Prescott has steadied himself over the last two contests, completing 47 of 56 passes for 491 yards, three touchdowns, and no turnovers. In addition to his mistake-free play, he's tacked on eight rushes for 55 yards and one touchdown.
Prescott completed 15 of 20 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns in Monday's 42-21 win over the Lions. He also carried four times for an additional 35 yards.
The beat rolls on for the impressive rookie, who completed 75 percent of his attempts while connecting for a score with Bryce Butler and two more with Dez Bryant. Prescott accounted for multiple touchdowns without a turnover for the seventh time this season and now boasts a TD:INT ratio of 23:4. The team's brass has insisted that the starters will continue to play despite already locking up home field advantage in the postseason, so Prescott should be in line for another quality outing in Week 17 against the Eagles.
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