ARLINGTON, Texas — Maybe it’s hyperbole to say the Dallas Cowboys‘ season was on the line on their first drive of the second quarter, trailing 13-0 to the San Francisco 49ers in a wild-card playoff game. But Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper made sure it ended in a good way for the home team.
Facing their first third-down play of the drive, Prescott floated a perfect 20-yard pass to the end zone for Cooper, who blew past cornerback K’Waun Williams to cut the 49ers’ lead to 13-7 with 5:19 left in the first half.
The Cowboys entered that drive with 7 yards on their first eight plays of the game, but offensive coordinator Kellen Moore went to the run game on the first five plays of the scoring drive. Ezekiel Elliott picked up 10 yards, Tony Pollard picked up 9 and CeeDee Lamb picked up 5. That calmed the Cowboys down and put them in scoring position, then Prescott and Cooper connected for a touchdown for the second time in three playoff games together.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, it was Cooper’s second receiving touchdown from the slot this season. It was also the 14th straight touchdown the Cowboys have scored on red zone possessions.
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