Cowboys at Buccaneers score: Dallas offense explodes en route to win, Tampa Bay falls flat

The Dallas Cowboys are moving on to the divisional round after a convincing win at Raymond James Stadium where they took down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to wrap up Super Wild Card Weekend, 31-14.

Both offenses were sluggish out of the gate as each registered consecutive three-and-outs to begin the game. Dallas then came alive on its third possession of the evening, traveling 80 yards on seven plays as Dak Prescott connected with Dalton Schultz for the game’s first touchdown. That did seem to open the flood gates as Tampa Bay then began moving the ball and got all the way to the Cowboys five-yard line. However, it was at that point when Tom Brady threw an interception in the end zone to Jayron Kearse. That was one of the few successful Bucs possessions of the night and their only shot at scoring when the game was still within reach. From there, Dallas scored three touchdowns on consecutive drives to help establish a 24-point lead.

Even when Tampa Bay finally found the end zone at the end of the third quarter with a Brady 30-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones, the Cowboys answered with a nine-play, 66-yard touchdown drive to go up 31-6. That really eliminate any slight inkling that Brady may pull another miraculous comeback out of his helmet.

Prescott finished with a superb stat line. He was 25 of 33 for 305 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for a score and added 24 yards on the ground. Schultz was his go-to target on the night, catching seven of his eight targets for a team-high 95 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Brady was 35 of 66 for 351 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

From here, the Cowboys will gear up for their divisional round matchup with the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium next Sunday at 6:30 pm ET. As for the Buccaneers, they’re about to enter what is poised to be a transformative offseason as Brady, who is set to hit free agency, decides his next move.

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