DAL
Dallas (9-8-0)
Cowboys
DAL
9-8-0
DAL
42
FINAL
21
WAS
Washington (7-10-0)
Commanders
WAS
7-10-0
WAS

Arlington, TX โ€“ In a pivotal matchup that determined the NFC East champion and the 3rd seed in the NFC playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys emerged victorious over the Washington Commanders, securing a decisive 42-21 win. This triumph not only earned them the NFC East title but also positioned them as a strong contender for the upcoming playoffs.

Dominant Offensive Display

The Cowboys’ offense was a force to be reckoned with, accumulating a total of 601 yards, with 402 coming from their dynamic offensive plays. Quarterback Dak Prescott led the charge with an exceptional performance, completing 10 out of 12 passes for 198 yards. His precision and control were on full display, reflected in his quarterback rating (QBR) of 118.7, underscoring his leadership and prowess on the field.


After the game, Prescott shared his thoughts, “This win is a testament to our hard work and dedication. We’ve been focused all season, and it’s paying off. We’re not just playing for wins; we’re playing for each other, for this team.”

The ground game was equally dominant, with Tony Pollard at the forefront of the rushing attack. Pollard’s dynamic runs amassed 180 yards on 29 carries, averaging 6.2 yards per carry, and he impressively scored five touchdowns. His longest run was an impressive 44 yards, highlighting his speed and agility.

Pollard, reflecting on his performance, said, “Every yard gained and every touchdown scored is a step closer to our ultimate goal. We’re all in, every play, every game.”

In the receiving department, Tony Pollard again led the way with 90 yards on six receptions. CeeDee Lamb also made significant contributions, amassing 84 yards over three receptions, including a long catch of 44 yards.

Commanders’ Efforts Fall Short

Despite a commendable effort, the Washington Commanders couldn’t match the intensity of the Cowboys. Quarterback Sam Howell completed 21 out of 26 passes for 227 yards, throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions. His efforts were notable, but the Cowboys’ defense, with two sacks and two interceptions, proved too strong.

Running back Brian Robinson Jr. was a highlight for the Commanders, rushing for 103 yards on 13 carries and scoring a touchdown. His longest run was 26 yards, and he averaged an impressive 7.9 yards per carry.

Defensive and Special Teams Contributions

The Cowboys’ defense played a pivotal role in the victory. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins each recorded a sack, contributing to the team’s overall defensive strength. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore made a significant impact with two interceptions, effectively disrupting the Commanders’ offensive rhythm.

Kicker Brett Aubrey was perfect on the day, successfully converting all six extra-point attempts, though he did not attempt any field goals.

Coach’s Perspective

Head Coach Andres Perez expressed his pride in the team’s performance, stating, “This win is more than just a number in the win column; it’s a statement about who we are as the Dallas Cowboys. We play with heart, resilience, and an unyielding commitment to excellence. Our eyes are set on the playoffs, and we’re ready for whatever comes our way.”

Looking Ahead

With this commanding win, the Dallas Cowboys have not only clinched the NFC East title but also secured the 3rd seed in the NFC, setting the stage for a promising playoff run. Their balanced attack on both offense and defense, coupled with strategic coaching, positions them as a formidable team in the postseason.

The Washington Commanders, meanwhile, will look to this season as a learning experience, aiming to return stronger in the next campaign.

As the playoffs draw near, the Cowboys and their fans are filled with anticipation and confidence, ready to face the challenges ahead in their pursuit of the ultimate prize.

TEAM STATS

Offensive Yards Gained
402 355
Total Yards Gained
601 355
Penalties
1 1
Penalty yards
10 5
Total first downs
23 21
3rd down efficiency
7 - 7 , 100.0% 2 - 5 , 40.0%
4th down effiency
0 - 0 , 0.0% 0 - 1 , 0.0%
2 point conversion
0 - 0 , 0.0% 0 - 0 , 0.0%
Trips to red zone
6 4
Red zone touchdowns
5 3
Red zone field goals
0 0
Red zone efficiency
83.3% 75.0%
Defensive sacks
2 0
Defensive Interceptions
2 0
Defensive forced fumbles
0 0
Defensive F.F. recovered
0 0

Stats

AWAY STATS
HOME STATS
Passing
Dallas Cowboys
Player
qbr
com/att
pct
yds
lng
td
int
sck
D.Prescott 118.7 10 / 12 83.3 198 44 0 0 0
T.Lance 97.2 3 / 3 100.0 22 11 0 0 0
Rushing
Dallas Cowboys
Player
att
yds
lng
td
avg
big
yac
T.Pollard 29 180 44 5 6.2 3 44
D.Vaughn 1 3 3 0 3.0 0 2
C.Lamb 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
D.Prescott 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
H.Luepke 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 1
T.Lance 1 -1 0 0 -1.0 0 0
Receiving
Dallas Cowboys
Player
rec
yds
avg
td
yac
lng
drop
T.Pollard 6 90 15.0 0 108 25 0
C.Lamb 3 84 28.0 0 11 44 0
J.Ferguson 2 18 9.0 0 7 10 0
M.Gallup 1 18 18.0 0 2 18 0
B.Cooks 1 10 10.0 0 1 10 1
Defense
Dallas Cowboys
Player
tckl
sck
pdef
int
int yds
td
ff
ffr
L.Vander Esch 5 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.Hankins 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.Lewis 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.Kearse 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S.Gilmore 1 0.0 0 2 23 0 0 0
D.Clark 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.Overshown 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T.Diggs 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M.Hooker 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.Bland 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Dallas Cowboys
Player
fg
fg pct
lng
xp
xp pct
50+
50+ pct
B.Aubrey 0 / 0 0.0 0 6 / 6 100.0 0 / 0 0.0
Punting
Player
punts
yds
avg
tb
in20
lng
blk