What Mike McCarthy learned about Dak Prescott in Dallas Cowboys' historic comeback

By Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Football

FRISCO, Texas - As a quarterback guru who has tutored the likes of Joe Montana, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers during his expansive coaching career, Mike McCarthy has seen his share of quarterback-led miraculous comebacks.

On Sunday, he witnessed the Dak Prescott comeback experience for the first time as coach of the Dallas Cowboys

So what did he learn about his quarterback after seeing him rally the Cowboys from a 20-point deficit to a 40-39 victory with a performance for the ages?

"He has great patience and discipline, and he's resilient," McCarthy said. "He has the qualities to win those games. We spend a lot of time on the final plays of the game. You have to be comfortable as a quarterback winning on the last play of the game. That's what the NFL is. To get to where you want to get to you have to find ways to win those games. ... Dak is wired perfectly for those types of situations."

As for the stat sheet, Prescott completed 34 of 47 passes for 450 yards with a passing touchdown and three more rushing touchdowns. Before Sunday, no player in NFL history had ever passed for 450 yards and ran for three scores in a game.

Prescott was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in his career.


In Sunday's win, Prescott engineered his 15th career game-winning drive, passing Danny White for fourth in team history. He is now tied with Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders for the most game-winning drives in the NFL since the start of the 2016 season.

"I just think his demeanor. His understanding that football football is a long game," said Moore when asked what McCarthy learned about Prescott. "As bad as that first quarter was, it was one quarter. We scored on seven of our last eight drives, I believe. It's going to be a long, long game and I think he does a great job of just handling all the ups and downs of an NFL game, an NFL season and everyone looks up to him because of that."

After falling behind 20-0 in the first quarter, the Cowboys ran their 2-minute offense the rest of the way. And he didn't blink on the final drive to set up the game-winning field goal.

Prescott's poise has been one of his key leadership attributes that's been on display ever since he stepped in for an injured Tony Romo as a rookie back in 2016.


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