Former Haughton star Dak Prescott set another NFL record Sunday as the Dallas Cowboys won their fifth straight, 30-16, against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Prescott, the Cowboys’ rookie quarterback, threw his first interception, but it came well after he broke Tom Brady’s all-time record for pass attempts without an interception to start a career.
Prescott surpassed Brady’s record of 162 in the first half and reached 176 before throwing an interception in the third quarter.
Prescott set the NFL record for rookies in a win over Cincinnati Oct. 9.
He completed 18 of 27 passes for 247 yards and a career-high three touchdowns against Green Bay. His passer quarterback rating was an impressive 117.4.
For the season, Prescott has completed 125 of 182 passes (68.7 percent) for 1,486 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Cowboys improved to 5-1 going into their bye week.
“It was a great team win,” Prescott said in his postgame comments to the media. “The defense played a great game and just gave us opportunities time after time to go score and we took advantage of it. We came in and just stuck together. This was a big game for us and we’re happy to get out of here with the win.”
Prescott said the record was “nice” but that it didn’t mean a lot to him at this point.
“What’s important is getting the win,” he said. “Maybe someday I’ll appreciate it more, if I still have it.”
Dallas head coach Jason Garrett said the record hasn’t been discussed much.
“That’s talk outside of our building,” he said in his postgame press conference. “We talk about executing ball plays, and he’s done a great job of that. And line-one with Dak Prescott up to this point is just poise and composure, to handle any situation. Didn’t surprise us one bit that he’d respond the right way to that. Made a lot of big plays after that in the ballgame to allow us to win the game.”
Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre was honored in a halftime ceremony. After the ceremony, he spoke to reporters about his impression of Prescott.
“I have to admit, Dallas or not Dallas, I think we can all agree the kid’s playing outstanding and I told him that,” Favre said. “I’m extremely impressed. “There’s still a half to play, but I thought coming in that it would be too big for him, this game. Playing at home is a little different. And I give him a tremendous amount of credit. But up to this point … the kid’s playing incredible. And I think everyone is surprised and shocked.”
Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott continued his impressive season, rushing for 157 yards on 28 carries against a defense that came in ranked No. 1 in the NFL against the run.
After the bye week, the Cowboys return to AT&T Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. game Sunday, Oct. 30, against the Philadelphia Eagles (3-2).
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