Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott came very close to leading the Dallas Cowboys to a victory over the New York Giants in his first NFL game Sunday at AT&T Stadium.
But it wasn’t meant to be as the Giants rallied for a 20-19 victory.
Prescott, a former Haughton standout, completed 25 of 45 passes for 227 yards with no TDs or interceptions.
On his first series, he led the Cowboys on a 15-play, 70-yard drive that resulted n a field goal.
That was one of the Dallas’ problems on offense, though. The Cowboys had to settled for four Dan Bailey field goals.
“There are some things I want back,” Prescott told reporters afte the game. “Some plays I want to re-do, I guess you could say, but for the most part I felt like I prepared. The coaches did a good job. I think I did well for the most part. We just have to score touchdowns down there in the red zone.”
Bailey almost got one more chance to win it. Prescott completed two passes to get Dallas to its 46 with 35 seconds left.
The Cowboys had no time outs left. After an incompletion stopped the clock with 12 seconds remaining, Prescott hit Terrance Williams.
Williams had a chance to get out of bounds and stop the clock around the Giants 45 with a few seconds left. He turned upfield instead and Dallas couldn’t get another play off.
Prescott told reporters after the game he was glad to have an opportunity to lead a game-winning drive.
“That’s what I wanted. I didn’t want it any other way,” he said. “I’d rather it be in my hands than their hands with that time on the clock. I’m thinking go win the game.”
Dallas receiver Jason Witten liked what he saw from Prescott.
“He was very poised,” Witten told reporters after the game. “I thought the entire game he was very poised. We’ll get better and rally behind him. I thought he did a really good job. He had good communication in the huddle, good execution. He kept plays alive for us. We didn’t play as well as we needed to, but I think Dak did a good job in there.”
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org