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For Dallas Cowboys to march to Super Bowl, they will need Dak Prescott to continue MVP form

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Dak Prescott’s performance over the last six weeks has thrust him into the MVP conversation.

He passed for 299 yards and three touchdowns as the Dallas Cowboys rallied to beat the Seattle Seahawks, 41-35, on Thursday night at AT&T stadium.

In Prescott’s last seven games, the Cowboys are 6-1, and he’s completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 310.4 yards per game with 21 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a passer rating of 121.5.

Oh, he leads the NFL with 26 touchdown passes.

But Prescott isn’t interested in your praise these days just like he wasn’t interested in your criticism.

“There is no difference when they are hating me and calling for my position. I’m blessed. I am super blessed. And I think about that each and every day that I wake up,” Prescott said after the game. “I am grateful for that opportunity to do that. And I go and attack the day. I understand that no one’s opinion defines me, and that’s the great part about life. 

“That’s the great opportunity we all have, that people can say whatever they want.  But I have the pen, I have the paper, and I am the one writing. Because I am playing as well as I am now, it doesn’t mean I am going to stop. It doesn’t mean I’m going to listen to them now. I appreciate them, but I don’t care about their opinions right now any more than I did when they were calling for my spot.”

Dak Prescott gave Dallas Cowboys what they needed

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The Cowboys needed yet another terrific performance from Prescott because their defense struggled all night.

Seattle racked up 406 yards, 25 first downs, while converting 9-of-14 third downs. The Seahawks scored touchdowns on five of their first seven possessions and built leads of 28-20 and 35-27.

“I told the team after the game, we need games like this,’’ Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said. “To get to where we want to go, you have to win these types of games.

“How are you going to be good at winning close games if not in them?’’

Prescott directed a seven-play, 54-yard touchdown drive to give the Cowboys a 38-35 lead with 4:37 left on a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jake Ferguson. 

It marked Prescott’s 21st career game-winning drive, second in franchise history.

It was the Cowboys’ first victory over a team with a winning record this season and only their third decided by less than a touchdown.

Tougher schedule awaits Dallas Cowboys

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The Cowboys had won their first five home games by more than 20 points.

They beat the New York Jets (30-10), New England Patriots (38-3), Los Angeles Rams (43-10), New York Giants Giants (49-17) and Washington Commanders (45-10).

“This was a big one to get,’’ Prescott said. “First, to be a team with a winning record, but more importantly, to do it in the fashion that we did.

“A big chunk of confidence.’’

Prescott ranks third in the NFL in passing (3,234), fourth in yards per attempt (7.9), first in touchdowns (26), second in passer rating (108.3), and fourth in completions of 20 yards or more (47).

But the schedule is about to get considerably more difficult. 

The Cowboys play Philadelphia a week from Sunday, followed by road trips to Buffalo and Miami before a home game against Detroit.

They will need Prescott to continue playing like an MVP to win those games.

“Dak is playing great ball,” McCarthy said. “He’s really in synch. The connection he has with his teammates. He gets into things seamlessly with a really good pace. 

“You can only do that with a championship-caliber quarterback. Dak is that guy.”

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