In the tune-up for the playoffs, the Cowboys came out with their starters and laid an egg in the first half. Two blunders on special teams and a pick-six from quarterback Dak Prescott amongst other mistakes set Dallas in a 13-0 deficit. Nonetheless, misses from Washington kicker Joey Slye kept it close.
Taking over with 2:37 left in the first half, Prescott found some rhythm for the first time in the game. Up to that point, he was 2-for-9 passing for 14 yards and an interception. The drive got started with back-to-back throws to wide receiver CeeDee Lamb for a first down, his first two catches of the game.
Working against a conservative Commanders defense, the hurry-up offense kept the Cowboys from cooling down and they marched right down the field. After converting a fourth-down, Dallas had 10 seconds and no timeouts to score from the 15-yard line. Prescott orchestrated pre-snap motion to go five-wide and delivered a touchdown strike to Lamb to get on the board.
Dak to CeeDee! @DallasCowboys on the board.
— NFL (@NFL) January 8, 2023
On the must-have drive, Prescott was 7-for-12 for 66 yards and the touchdown to calm things down in Washington. Heading into the postseason, momentum is king and the Cowboys need an abundance of it to make up for the ugly first half as their No. 1 seed hopes continue to fade. The Commanders will receive to start the second half as Dallas elected to receive at kickoff.