Dak Prescott scored five career-high touchdowns as the Cowboys destroyed a shorthanded Eagles team in a 51-26 win in Game of Week 18 on Saturday night.
Prescott’s five touchdowns gave him 37 passing scores this season, a mark that broke the former Cowboys single-season touchdown pass record of 36 held by Tony Romo.
Philadelphia rested most of their starters to give their injuries and their COVID-ravaged team some much-needed downtime, but that didn’t stop Gardner Minshew’s aggressive pass from keeping the score 17-17 at the end of the second quarter. The talent disparity finally caught up with the Eagles, as Dallas scored 30-17 at halftime and 51-20 in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Cedrick Wilson and Dalton Schultz were the stars of the Cowboys reception as they both caught two touchdown passes. That gives Dallas four receivers with six or more touchdowns this year (Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Schultz and Wilson), which is the first time this has happened in Cowboys history.
Dallas finished the season with 22 players scoring at least one touchdown, a mark that set a new NFL record. The Cowboys also scored 530 points in the 2021 season, a total that broke the single-season team record for scoring, set by the 1983 squad (479).
Ezekiel Elliott crossed the 1,000 yard mark for the fourth time in his career, while Philadelphia finished the year with a team record in rushing yards.
Dallas ends the 2021 campaign with a 12-5 record. The win ensures they can’t be lower than the NFC’s No.4 seed and could finish as high as the No.2 seed depending on how the Sunday games go. Philadelphia finished with a 9-8 record and will take the No. 6 or No. 7 seed in the NFC.
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